Doha Youth Innovation Award Event Theme: Photography


Young people acquire a wide creative energy that has been manifested in their artistic, literary, intellectual and cultural production in general. This has made a distinctive impact on the cultural activity in the Islamic societies and led to the promotion of cultural diversity, intellectual and artistic openness, creative interaction among artists and the dissemination of identity elements in their creations, so that communities preserve their identity since Youth is the power of the nation.

Therefore, the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum, an international organization affiliated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, invites the youth of Islamic countries to participate in the Doha Youth Innovation Award, which will be distributed during the conclusion of Doha Capital of Islamic Youth, 16, January , 2020. The Award aims at valuing the skills and creations in various artistic and creative fields for youth delegates, thus contributing in the formation of youth experiences that would be able to engage in community development, and to work to develop these experiences.

Event Objectives:

‐ Developing the spirit of innovation and creativity among young people in various scientific, literary and artistic fields and moving away from stalemate and calcification in thinking and planning.
‐ Providing an appropriate environment for creative youth to highlight innovative efforts and unleash creative skills.
‐ Encouraging young Muslims in the culture of competition and excellence.

Program Details: 

During this competition, the Doha Youth Innovation Award will be distributed following the Photography Theme.

All this aims at motivating young people to continue to innovate in order to serve their homelands and achieve prosperity.

The Award and the deadline for the submission of works would be announced according to the specified schedule and no contributions would be accepted after that deadline.

The winners’ names in each field would be announced during the closing ceremony of Doha, Capital of Islamic Youth events on 16, January , 2020.

 Terms Participation:

A- General conditions

  1. Participants must be from 18 to 30 years old for both genders.
  2. Participation is allowed to young people of OIC Member States or youth representatives of non-OIC Member States.
  3. The participant must adhere to the event’s regulations and procedures as stated by the organizing committee

B- Registration and Participation Mechanism:

  1. The participation form shall be sent before the specified deadline for the registration for the event.
  2. Curriculum Vitae and required information should be attached through the following link on the website of Doha, Capital of Islamic Youth:

The selected winners will receive an invitation to participate in the closing ceremony of Doha, Capital Islamic Youth 2020 via their emails as indicated in the registration form.

 Themes of the competition: 3 Themes

The first theme: Islamic values

Youth represent the shield of the nation and its values, for they enjoy capacities and capabilities enabling them to strive and strengthen the identity of society, spread humanitarian values and compassion, scale up morals and ethics, promote virtue, support equality among society, fight corruption, exploitation and poverty and help the poor and vulnerable, in addition to sustaining other practices related to Islamic values. This theme seeks a photograph illustrating one of the authentic values of Islam and their impact on the lives of Muslims, and proving youth to be always the key driver to improving the status of their countries.

The second theme: Youth and success stories

Nations are not evaluated according to their density, but rather the diligence of individuals and their ability to confront the difficulties and challenges that may keep them from fulfilling their dreams. There are many success stories in our Islamic countries, which we are witnessing in our daily lives and that bypass thousands of cases in all areas.

This theme aims to find the best photograph communicating a success story that stands for a personal, professional or athletic achievement. It may introduce a model of young people practicing their daily work showing patience and diligence, a model of perseverance and determination, or exerting efforts to overcome suffering and challenge conditions and strive to achieve success.

The third Theme: Our Islamic Heritage (a picture file)

Customs and traditions in our Islamic countries are closely related to the teachings of our Islamic Sharia, but they vary greatly in form, method, and practice as each country has its own culture and citizens, in addition to the extent to which it is deeply rooted in history and its geographical and human context.

A collection of pictures (a story or related photographs) depicting the facets of worship, Eids celebrations, customs, traditions, anniversaries or annual seasons associated with Islam, shall be presented in a file of no less than 5 pictures and no more than 10.


The first theme: Islamic values

  1. First place      : 50.000 riyals
  2. Second place : 40.000 riyals
  3. Third place     : 30.000 riyals
  4. Fourth place  : 20.000 riyals
  5. Fifth place      : 10.000 riyals
  6. Sixth place     : 10.000 riyals
  7. Seventh place: 10.000 riyals

The second theme: Youth and success stories

  1. First place      : 50.000 riyals
  2. Second place : 40.000 riyals
  3. Third place     : 30.000 riyals
  4. Fourth place  : 20.000 riyals
  5. Fifth place      : 10.000 riyals
  6. Sixth place     : 10.000 riyals
  7. Seventh place: 10.000 riyals

The third Theme: Our Islamic Heritage

  1. First place      : 50.000 riyals
  2. Second place : 40.000 riyals
  3. Third place     : 30.000 riyals
  4. Fourth place  : 20.000 riyals
  5. Fifth place      : 10.000 riyals
  6. Sixth place     : 10.000 riyals
  7. Seventh place: 10.000 riyals

Technical Criteria for Participation in the Photography Theme:

  • The participation would be open from July 1 to October 31, 2019, through registration and following up the participation steps on the website. This is an essential step for those wishing to participate.
  • There is no participation fee (free competition).
  • The participant has the right to submit between five and ten pictures, in the form of a story told in photographs –a series of interconnected photographs for the third theme only.
  • The participant has the right to submit up to 3 photographs in each of the other themes.
  • The photograph must be consistent with the contest theme and interests.
  • The participant can register in at least one theme, and he or she can participate in any of the five themes, provided that he or she participates on behalf of only one country.
  • One photograph can only be shared in one theme and cannot be re-shared in another theme or within the collection of photographs designated to the third theme.
  • The participant undertakes that the submitted photographs are his or her own, not duplicated or copied from another source.
  • The participant undertakes to submit the original photographs in the event he or she succeeds to attain the final stages of the competition.
  • Submitted photographs must be taken during the five years preceding the closing date of the contest.
  • Digital adjustments to improve (color saturation, cropping, and lighting) are allowed. However, no external elements should be added to the photograph.
  • Photographs that include any kind of nudity, contradict public morality, or illustrate offensive content to countries, beliefs or persons in any form, directly or implicitly, will not be accepted.
  • Framed photographs that include texts or signatures will not be accepted.
  • Photographs that exhibit violence, incitement to hatred or violation of human or animal rights will not be accepted.
  • Photographs portraying celebrities will not be accepted without submitting a written consent from the photographed person.
  • Photographs with deleted EXIF ​​data will not be accepted.
  • The Qatari Ministry of Culture and Sports has the right to use the photographs while retaining the photographers’ intellectual property.
  • Juries’ composition will be announced as soon as the competition is closed for submissions.
  • The decisions reached by the juries are final and may not be objected or challenged.
  • The photographer undertakes that the picture submitted to the competition belongs to him or her.
  • Photographs must not have won in other competitions before.
  • The pictures are to be sent on the event’s link, and no other means of sending the photographs would be accepted:
  • Submitted photographs must be in JPEG format with high quality 300 DPI, and no less than 2400 pixels for the photographs’ largest angle.
  • The size of the image must not exceed 10 MB.
  • The sent work file shall bear the person’s first and last name (in English).
  • The participation of the artist in the contest is an implicit acknowledgment of the intellectual property of the participating works of art, without the administration having any legal consequences or responsibilities related to the rights of others.
  • Participation will be canceled if the participant fails to comply with the above terms.

Travel and Accommodation Expenses:

The host country will cover travel expenses to and from the participant’s country of residence as well as internal transportation, accommodation, and meals.


The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum and the Ministry of Culture and Sports in the state of Qatar shall not be liable for any errors, inconvenience, omission, deletion, and delay in operation or transmission, failure of communication lines, or unauthorized access to the registration forms.


Registration has been closed for the specified period



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