The competition was launched amongst Qatari Schools during the 2016-17 academic year as part of the embassy’s outreach to communities based in Qatar, introducing the people and culture of South Africa.
The theme encouraged students to research not only South Africa, but the African continent with the aim of producing works of art reflecting their impressions of what a visitor to South Africa would experience. Students from 54 schools submitted more than 400 entries to the embassy, including three entries from Al Noor Institute for the Blind.
A panel of judges comprising of artist Amal Al Baighouti, VCUQatar Painting and Print Making faculty Michael Perrone, VCUQatar PAPR alumna Hana Al Saadi, and VCUQatar Outreach & Community Class Manager Annette Wendling-Willeke selected the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, and 20 award winners. The first prize went to Hannah Tunstall, a student from Doha College who won two tickets to visit South Africa.
Prizes and awards were distributed to the winning students during a reception in the presence of His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa and his team, Dean Akel I. Kahera and VCUQatar staff, parents, friends and members of the press. The winning entries, along with 10 honorable mentions, which were identified by the embassy, were displayed during the event in an exhibition of the works.