Arts & Culture

ArtPortChallenge welcomes budding travel photographers

Winning photos will be displayed in Abu Dhabi International Airport.

If your camera roll is filled with swoon-worthy travel photos, then this is for you. ArtPortChallenge gives you the chance to be part of an exhibition in Abu Dhabi International Airport and the capital’s streets. This year’s theme is Travel the World through Music, and budding photographers are welcome to submit their snaps. 

ArtPortChallenge is now in its second year and has been created in partnership with the cultural department of the French Embassy, The Institut Français in the UAE; a leading advertising company, JCDecaux; Abu Dhabi Airports; and Print Works. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a novice, as long as you’re residing in the UAE, you can enter ArtPortChallenge. Candidates are encouraged to explore the theme and its relation to Abu Dhabi, so you could capture anything from an instrument to a singer. 

The winning images will be displayed on 64 outdoor advertising panels around Abu Dhabi International Airport and on two giant LED screens on the Saadiyat-Yas highway and in Al Khalidiyah. Plus, there are prizes related to the Emirati and French culture and music.

Candidates must be aged at least six years old, and there will be six winners divided into two categories: over 15 years old and under 15 years old. If you want to take part, send in your application before 21 August and winners will be announced by 15 September.

Abu Dhabi has earned its musical stripes, as it was nominated as Creative City of Music by UNESCO in November 2021. The capital hosts major musical festivals as well as concerts, and it is home to prestigious institutions such as the Cultural Foundation, Berklee Abu Dhabi and Bait Al Oud.

H.E Xavier Chatel, ambassador of France in the UAE, said: “This second edition of the ArtPortChallenge is a testimony to the love that the UAE and France share for culture, and especially music. We are very happy to continue this collaboration with our partners and to participate in a new edition that promises to be exciting.”

Francois Bourienne, chief commercial officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with the French Embassy, JCDecaux and Print Works to stimulate the creative minds of children and youth for them to be artistically inspired by travel and aviation. Our goal is to provide every passenger with an exceptional airport experience at Abu Dhabi International Airport as we welcome the world to Abu Dhabi, a city of arts, culture and music.”

Happy snapping. 

GO: Visit www.institutfrancais-uae.com/en/artportchallenge-2022 for more information. 

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