The Ministry of Culture and Sports has announced the details of the ‘Doha Youth Innovation Award’, which seeks to recognise the creative talents of all young people from the Islamic world.
The award, announced in co-operation with the Islamic Co-operation Youth Forum (ICYF), and in partnership with the Visual Arts Centre, Doha Film Institute and the Youth Hobbies Centre, honours outstanding works in visual arts, photography and short films.
The award, which is part of Doha QIC Youth Capital 2019, aims at developing the spirit of innovation and creativity among young people in various scientific, literary and artistic fields and moving away from stalemate and calcification in thinking and planning; providing an appropriate environment for creative youth to highlight innovative efforts and unleash creative skills; and encouraging young Muslims to aspire to a culture of competition and excellence.
Winners of the first three positions in each category of the Doha Youth Innovation Award will be crowned at the closing ceremony of the Doha QIC Youth Capital in January 2020, in order to value youth skills and creativity in the various artistic and creative fields of the young participating delegates.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports and the ICYF of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) have invited youth from Muslim countries to register to participate in the Doha Youth Innovation Award in the three categories via www.dohaiyc.qa
In remarks to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Director of Youth Affairs Department at the Ministry of Culture and Sports Hussein Rashid al-Kubaisi said that the ministry seeks to attract the largest number of Muslim youth, seeking to diversify the activities of the Doha QIC Youth Capital 2019 to suit the diversity of the interests of young people in all Islamic countries and societies.
The idea of the award includes areas of interest of young people everywhere, which are photography, visual arts and short films.
Al-Kubaisi said that the important conditions for participation are that the participant of both genders must be between 18 and 30 years of age, and that the work presented must be original in the idea and implementation, and that the participation must be by youth belonging to members of the OIC or representatives of Muslim communities.
The visual arts award focuses on the areas of painting and handwriting, while the photography award has three axes: Islamic values, youth and success stories, and the Islamic heritage.
The short film award will recognise the top three films which, according to the evaluation of the judging committees, highlight the importance of youth and their role and impact in the Islamic societies.
The visual arts award is organised in co-operation with the Visual Arts Centre of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Director of the Visual Arts Center, artist Salman al-Malik, told QNA that the visual arts award offers Muslim youth an opportunity to express themselves in an artistic way on various issues and challenges.
Registration for participation opened on June 16 and runs until September 16 via the website.
Al-Malik explained that the visual arts award includes painting and handwriting, and winners of the first three position in the two fields will be crowned during the closing ceremony.
In the painting competition, which includes contemporary arts and realistic arts, the first winner will be awarded QR30,000, while the second will get QR20,000 and the third will get QR10,000.
Meanwhile, in the handwriting competition, which includes Arabic Handwriting (The literary painting) and Classical Handwriting, the first winner in both categories will get QR20,000, the second QR15,000 and the third QR10,000.
As for the standards for participation in the visual arts award, the competition is specialised in professional artistic works that embody the theme of the award, which is about the youth.
The photography competition will be held in co-operation with the Youth Hobbies Centre. Registration opened on July 1 and is on till October 31.
Head of Photography Department at the Centre, Abdulaziz al-Kubaisi said that the competition is open for Muslim youth to express the motto ‘Youth is the power of the nation’ through three axis — Islamic values, youth and success stories and the Islamic heritage.
Winners of the first seven positions in each of the three axes will be awarded QR50,000, the second QR40,000, the third QR30,000 and the fourth QR20,000, while the fifth to the seventh will get QR10,000 each.
For the short films category, held in partnership with Doha Film Institute, registration on website started on June 16 and will remain open until November 1, 2019.
The theme is “The Nation By its Youth”, highlighting the importance of youth and their role in the communities and the Islamic nation.
A jury committee will be formed to choose the best five films to be screened during the closing ceremony of Doha, Capital of Islamic Youth events, where only 3 films will be awarded.
The first prize winner will QR30,000, second prize winner will receive QR25,000 and third prize winner will receive QR20,000.
Qatar received the key to hosting Doha as Capital of Islamic Youth for 2019, during the closing ceremony of Al-Quds OIC Youth Capital 2018 in Ankara on March 11.
The forum is held under the motto “Youth is the power of the nation”, which is the theme of the activities.
It is organised under the supervision and organising of the Qatar Center for Cultural and Heritage Events, which is keen to provide all the necessary resources for the success of all the activities of Doha OIC Youth Capital 2019, in order to strengthen the bonds of friendship and respect that links State of Qatar to the countries of the world, especially the countries of the Islamic world.
Complete terms and conditions and other regulations on the contest are available online at www.dohaiyc.qa