The sultanate, represented by Oman Photographic Society in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, obtained 155 points and won the fifth place in the 20th FIAP Nature Biennial 2020 in Russia. Oman was also given an Honorary Award.
Photographer Hassan al Ghailani won the gold medal at the individual level – Print Section – with a picture entitled ‘Al Alan Tree’.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth stated, ‘The sultanate, represented by Oman Photographic Society, won the Honorary Award and the fifth place in the 20th Nature Biennial in Russia. The event is held by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) every two years for its member states.’
‘Each member state shares ten photos of ten photographers, with each photographer submitting one picture. The Oman Photographic Society participated under the title ‘Views of Omani Nature’ and it was represented by photographers Hassan al Ghailani, Ayman al Balushi, Shazan al Siyabi, Abd al Rahman al Hinai, Abdul Rahman al Aghbry, Abdullah al Hadrami, Hitham al Shanfari, Anas al Deeb, Muhammad al Zadjali and Qassem al Farsi. Trees were the main focus of all the pictures,’ the ministry added.
Thirty member states of the federation participated in the event and Italy finished first with a total of 181 points and won the World Cup. South Africa won the second place, and Russia finished third.
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