Exhibition of distinguished works in ‘The Palm Tree in the Eyes of the World’ kicks off

When photography reflects nation’s esteem towards palm tree

ABU DHABI - Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, the General Secretariat of KIDPA opened yesterday the Exhibition of the Winning and distinguished works in "The Palm Tree in the Eyes of the World" Competition in its fourth session 2013 at the Hall of the National Theater in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Dr. Abdelouahhab Zaid, the Secretary General of KIDPA, Dr. Ghaleb Al Hadrami member of the Board of Trustees of KIDPA, Dr. Helal Humid S. Al Kaibi member of the Board of Trustees, Chairperson of the Administrative & Financial Committee of KIDPA, Mr. Abdullah Salem Al Ameri, Director of Culture & Arts Administration in Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism, Mr. Waleed Al Zaabi, Director of Heritage & Arts Administration in the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development and a large crowd of palm tree lovers and amateur photographers in the Emirates and in the region.
The General Secretary had a tour in the corridors of the Exhibition looking at the winning and distinguished works and at the artistic aspects followed in documenting the relationship between man and the blessed tree through the eyes and cameras of photographers (amateurs and professionals). After that, the General Secretariat of the Award honored the first three winners. The first winner was S. Das, the second winner was Abdul Aziz Al Aidi, whereas the third winner was Sultan Saed Al Zaydi. The Palm Tree in the Eyes of the World, in its fourth session, witnessed sharp competition wherein 748 photos taken by 170 professional & amateur photographers representing 20 countries all over the world.


After opening the exhibition, Dr. Abdelouahhab Zaid the General Secretary of KIDPA confirmed that this award is given the special care and kind attention of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of KIDPA for the role of the lens in authenticating Man's memory with the blessed tree worldwide. Moreover, the competition is endeavoring to root the relationship between man and his word of describing his environment, in particular, the date palm tree. He hailed the unlimited support of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan to the blessed tree by exploiting the art of photography as a means to develop the awareness of the public in the importance of the palm tree so as to create an ample space t exchange expertise among photographers (professional & amateur) worldwide showing the tourist, environmental and heritage aspects of the date palm tree through the photography, and hence promoting man's connection and association with land and farming.
On his turn, Mr. Abdullah Salem Al Ameri Director of Culture & Arts Administration of Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism & Culture expressed his appreciation for the great success attained by the award in its fourth session 2013. He said that such session, without doubt, was more successful and of ripped experience particularly when we look at the successive successes which are obtained by the date palm in the public life of the local community in the UAE and at all levels . Furthermore, he expressed his thanks and appreciation to the General Secretariat of the Award for this initiative which reflects their esteem to the date palm tree and enhances as well the role of the photographer in enriching the memory of the country, the revival of its national heritage, and the support to the programs of sustainable development in all of its dimensions.

Dr. Abdelouahhab Zaid, the Secretary General of the Award, addressed his thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development for their valuable and kind care of the exhibition by offering the National Theatre to display the winning and distinguished works in the competition. Thanks are sent too to Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Abu Dhabi International Photographic Society and to the Jury who exerted great efforts and dealt accurately and high transparency with all participating photos. He congratulated winners and praised the importance of this international competition to photograph the date palm tree which immediately takes an advance position among international competitions of photography with regards to the entities they represent and to the great efforts exerted to make it successful.