The Royal Automobile Museum announced the winners of its first Automotive Photography Competition at a reception at the museum.
The competition, organized in celebration of His Majesty King Abdullah II's birthday, attracted entries from over 200 amateur photographers who submitted images of autos in the Royal Auto Museum's collection.
Automotive photography is a unique genre in photographic art, and through the competition, the Royal Auto Museum sought to encourage interest in automotive photography and to give amateur photographers an opportunity to develop skills in digital photography while providing a venue to exhibit and have their work evaluated. Competitors were allowed to use only digital cameras, either personally owned or supplied by United Electronic Middle East-CANON, the main sponsor of the event. UEC also printed photos for submission free of charge.
The winners of this year's competition are: first place, Saad Shabeta; second place, Abdul Rahman Arslan; third place, Albert Hashwa. They were awarded prizes from the Royal Auto Museum valued at JD2000, JD1500 and JD1000, respectively. Of ten runners-up, five received cameras from UEC Middle East, and five won the opportunity to enroll in photography courses conducted by the Jordanian Photography Society along with an opportunity to have their photographs published in Torque magazine.
Photos were judged by a selected panel of experts in the photography and automotive fields. This year's judges panel consisted of: personal photographer of His Majesty King Hussein Zohrab; Prof. Mohammad Shabib; photographer Jane Taylor; Editor in Chief of Torque Mirza Hatk; UEC Middle East Photo Specialist Hassan Hakim and President of the Jordanian Photography Society Suqrat Qahoush.
“We were delighted to work on this competition that provided amateurs a distinctive opportunity to show their skills using RAM’s unique cars,” said Raja Gargour, the museum’s director. “Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who participated. We hope to see your work again at next year's competition."
Mr. Gargour thanked all the museum's supporters, the judges panel and the competition's sponsors for helping make the event a success.
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