Ooredoo has announced it is the Exclusive Telecommunications Sponsor of a new contest being organised by Qatar Youth Hostels, under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
‘Lens of Tourism’ is a contest for university students aimed at raising the profile of Qatar as a tourist destination and showcasing the “incredible talent pool” in the country, the company has said in a statement.
Entrants must submit a short video – no more than three minutes in length – that highlights Qatar’s touristic, cultural and historical sites, and shows just why Qatar should feature on must-visit lists for tourists.
All submissions will be shown on large screens on a final judging day, and the winners will then be decided by a panel of judges as well as the board of directors at Qatar Youth Hostels.
The first-prize winner will walk away with QR10,000 and filming tools, while the second prize will be QR8,000 plus filming tools. The third-placed entrant will receive QR7,000 as well as filming tools.
The videographer whose work attracts the most votes on social media will win a new smartphone, while those finishing in the fourth to 10th places will receive QR500 shopping vouchers.
Initial registration can be done online via hi-qatar.com/tourist/lens. When ready, participants should send their movies by email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with their name, name of their university and faculty, university ID number, mobile number and movie title.
Entries must be submitted by October 23 and screening and judging will take place on November 2, followed by prize-giving.
Speaking about the sponsorship, Manar Khalifa al-Muraikhi, director of PR and Corporate Communications at Ooredoo, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Qatar Youth Hostels and the Ministry of Culture and Sports with this exciting new initiative. Promoting Qatari culture is a key focus of our company strategy, as is supporting our local communities, and this new videography contest is the ideal way for us to provide practical support for our art and culture community, encourage our university students to explore their artistic talents and showcase the many wonderful tourist attractions Qatar – and Qatari culture – has to offer.
“We’re very much looking forward to seeing all the short films, and we wish all the entrants the best of luck!”
Video submissions will be shown on the Doha 360 platform and at the Doha Book Fair and Darb Al Saai festivities.
Budding videographers can find more information on the ‘Lens of Tourism’ contest at hi-qatar.com/touristlens.