Photographer Mohammed Sulaiman Nasser al Shaaili, 20, from Bahla in the wilayat of Ibri, has been adjudged Best Young Photographer and won a golden medal in an international competition organised by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP).
The Salon Photo de Riedisheim international competition was launched in France online in April 2021 and the results declared later in the month.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Shaaili said, “I started photography in 2014. I like photographing people’s faces and showcasing Oman’s natural beauty and diversity to the world through my work. I entered five photos in the competition for which there were a total of 5,125 submissions representing 45 countries.”
Shaaili has to date participated in international competitions in 13 countries and been feted at some of these. “I believe that a photographer must send a message through his photos. I strive to promote tourism in Oman by participating in international competitions.”
He takes the challenges he faces while shooting in his stride. “Reaching some locations to do photography, especially wildlife and nature photos, needs trekking for long over difficult terrain. Photography demands determination and patience,” he said.
“I thank the New View Photography Club for supporting me to take part in the contest in France.”
Currently pursuing an engineering programme in University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Ibri, Shaaili is eager to continue photographing Oman’s natural beauty. “This is my contribution to boost tourism in my beloved country.”
Shaaili hopes to hold a solo exhibition of his work soon.