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:  Wednesday, 1 December, 2021.
All entry categories must be related to the central theme - A Celebration of Qatar!


Entry categories: 

1.  Herbs and Spices  One of the best ways to discover a new cuisine is by the spices stored in the kitchen cupboard or pantry.  There are few ingredients that can help us taste and detect the characteristic flavours of a dish quite as easily; and whether the dish served at our table comes from India, France or Lebanon.  I can’t imagine a meal without any herbs or spices in it.  Your challenge is capture those aromatic and pungent characteristics by way of a photograph.

2.  Lifestyle  In this category, you are asked to capture the art of ‘everyday’.  You might photograph a real-life event or milestone, people and their way of life.

3.  Minimalist (Secondary)  This involves photographing images using a minimum amount of components such as colour, shape, line and texture.

4.  Worm's Eye view   In this category your goal is to put yourself in the shoes of a worm and try to see the world through its eyes. If you were a worm, or a small insect, how would you see things around you from the bottom up?

5.  Motion/Movement   In this category, your goal is to photograph something that is moving and to try and capture the movement. For example, water, leaves in the wind, a bird flying, a ball being kicked.  How can you show movement in a still image? 

6. Polychromatic   In this category, your goal is to take a photograph of something that has more than 4 colours. Focus on the colours.  How much colour can you capture? 

7. Play  In this category, your goal is to capture people, animals or even objects playing or being played. What is play to you?


Entry levels for each category are:

G1-G2;  G3-G4;  G5-G6;  G7-G8;  G9-G10;  G11-G12

NEW CATEGORY:  Parent/Teacher


·    Maximum of 1 entry in each category per student.

·    Entries must be taken by the student.

·    All entries must be a photograph taken in 2021.

·    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 web-site:

·    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.

COPYRIGHT: All of the images submitted MUST be original created by you.  Please make sure that images submitted do not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyright or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity.

We ask that you be watchful of any signs that state ‘No photography allowed’.  When entering a shopping mall or public place, it is good practice to ask a security guard if you can take pictures.  There might be stores which prohibit this.  Photography restrictions are probably in and around official buildings, industrial sites, etc.  And, of course, do not take a photograph of someone without asking their permission first.

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.

JUDGING  -  Judges will determine the placings.  The decision on all entries will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Submit Your Entry!