The Ras Al Khaimah Colleges recently held their first photography competition for students from the Men’s and Women’s Colleges.
The RAK Colleges Photography Competition 2010 entitled ‘Picture the UAE: Past, Present, Future’ called upon participants to capture the UAE through images to show ‘where we were, where we are, or where we might go’.
The top three photographers were awarded gift vouchers from Al Falak Electronics for Dh2000, Dh1500 and Dh1000, respectively. Electronic photo frames were awarded to five Honorable Mention winners for their outstanding work.
Hamad Mohamed Al Mansouri, an Applied Media major, won First Prize with a stunning portrait of his grandmother. Second Prize winner was Hulailuh Saif Al Mayzood, followed by Abdulrahman Mohamed Al Shehhi winning Third Prize. The five Honorable Mention winners were: Ahmed Saeed Al Bayyed, Hassan Sultan Al Khaileb, Mohamed Yaqoob Husain, Omar Saleh al Hooleh and Waleed Ali Al Dhuhoori.
The photos were judged by Waleed al Shehhi and Debra Crary, faculty teaching in the Applied Media program, and photographers Steve Pellerine (RKMC faculty) and Saeed Al Hebsi (RKMC Education Technician).
The judges did not know the identity of the photographers when they took part in the judging process.
Afterwards, Steve Pellerine, who teaches ‘History and Practice of Photography’ in the RKMC Liberal Studies program, commented that ‘Photography is a way to communicate and express an idea or concept. Although we teach guidelines of composition, never rules, it is wonderful to see students set out and capture their ideas and thoughts within their images,” he said.
“It was especially nice to see in the competition how our students captured and portrayed various aspects of their nation: past, present, and future.’
College Associate Director Ali Mansoori said: ‘This Photography Competition is just a start. Our students are very talented and activities like this give the students the opportunity to show their hidden skills and talents.”
“They will keep enlisting in these types of events and the events will help to build student self confidence as they step forward in their creativity.’
Thanks also to the RKMC Student Council and RKMC ILC for organizing the competition.