An invitation to participate in this year’s ISL Qatar Photography Competition is extended to primary and secondary students at ISL Qatar as part of the school’s celebration of Qatar National Day.   The competition provides you with an opportunity to be inspired, to be innovative and to be creative.

Entries close:  Tuesday, 15 December, 2020.
All entry categories must be related to the central theme - A Celebration of Qatar!
Entry categories: 
1.  Pattern
We have them on our clothes, we have them in our homes, we see them in nature, we walk across them, we walk past them, we probably even consume them at mealtimes.  And yet, we very rarely take that much notice of them. However, there is often a hidden beauty in the smallest details that make up our world. Noticing these details can help us to get a better understanding of the world around us as well as provide us with unlimited inspiration.
2.  Bird’s Eye 
Take a fresh look at the familiar and shoot day-to-day activities from a new angle: From above! It could be the city streets captured from a skyscraper or the urban geometry of a spiral staircase. Or even just looking down on a midday coffee break. Just be careful not to drop your camera! A bird's-eye view is an elevated view of an object from above, with a perspective as though the observer were a bird.
3.  Close Up  
This involves photographing small objects to make them look life-sized or larger in the photo. The usual subjects include flowers and small insects, which we don't normally get to see up close with the naked eye. But this is your chance to show us anything and everything close up!
4.  Wanderlust
Photos from around Qatar, highlighting an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs and history. Let your imagination wander!
5.  Rule of Thirds 
A type of composition in which an image is divided evenly into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, and the subject of the image is placed at the intersection of those dividing lines, or along one of the lines itself. It means to frame your image so it is not always the center of the shot! Perhaps high or low, a little left, a little right … who knows?
6. Street Photography
Photos that capture the essence of the urban lifestyle, random moments, real life, chance encounters … capturing the every-day hustle and bustle of street life in Qatar!


  • Maximum of 1 entry in each category per student.
  • Entries must be taken by the student.
  • All entries must be a photograph taken in 2020.
  • Image size must be a maximum of 10 MB.  The images must be in high quality in 300 dpi. Photographs must be saved in jpeg file format.
  • Images can be submitted in colour or black-and-white and uploaded to the school’s website:
  • The only acceptable manipulation includes correction of red-eye, cropping and straightening of photos.  No added text, colour manipulations or photoshopped submissions will be accepted.

Photograph Judging Criteria

Judges will review digital submissions received from students.  Photographs will be judged on:
1.      Creativity
The original, fresh and expression of the imagination to convey an idea, message or thought.
2.      Elements (pattern, colour, light, line)
All the elements are brought together to express the purpose of the image.
3.      Visual Composition
Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends.
4.      Story telling of the photograph
This refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination in what is happening in the photograph.  The photograph should tell a story about what Qatar means to you.

Submit Your Entry!