Fujairah Collage

Fujairah Collage
Some distinctive landmarks in Fujairah

Monday, December 6, 2010

Resurgence of Photography in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

It was impressive to see the quality of the photos on display during the Fujairah Heritage Festival at the Concorde Hotel (5 December 2010).

One Fujairah photographer at the event mentioned that he was coordinating a new exhibition, the results of which would likely end up in a coffee table book featuring Fujairah photography.

The Maktoum Championships held this year during Ramadan sponsored a successful photographic competition and the Al Saif Traditional Sword Competition (October-December 2010) is also attracting photos on the sword and other heritage themes.

Twitter and Facebook are becoming awash with photos that visitors are posting of Fujairah attractions and the emirate is usually billed as having scenic mountains and a sensational coastline.

A Fujairah Photographers Facebook Page was established in August of this year but has stalled through lack of leadership.

Photography is now being taught at the Fujairah Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) by Fujairah photographer, Alan Nambiar.

Fujairah Photographic Competition
While there is an increasing activity of a photographic nature happening in Fujairah, one wonders if the sponsoring of a major photo competition each year, as Abu Dhabi is currently running with their Abu Dhabi: Through Your Eyes competition, would be a profitable proposal. It may well provide a focus to local photographers and turn greater national and international attention upon Fujairah.

Geoff Pound

This article is also posted on the Fujairah in Focus Facebook Page.

Image: Publicity brochure for the Abu Dhabi: Through Your Eyes 2010 photographic competition.

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