Do you have a favourite spot in Bahrain? A place or building, which every time you see you remember why you love this tiny island nation? If so (and let’s face it, we all have at least one location in mind), now’s your chance to try out your photography skills and have your small momento showcased in a giant tribute to the Kingdom, as part of a new project by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority.
This new open-call to residents and tourists of all ages is running until November and once the BTEA has collected all the images submitted, the region’s largest mosaic will be created and unveiled in the first week of December, as part of the programme of events for the Manama Capital of Gulf Tourism 2016 initiative and coinciding with Bahrain National Day celebrations.
“It is to celebrate the culmination of all the efforts exerted in promoting Bahrain as an ideal tourism destination,” says Yousef Mohamed AlKhan, the BTEA’s Director of Marketing and Tourism Promotion, tells Time Out.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran photographer or a first-time DSLR user, the call goes out to anyone and everyone who has ever felt those loving feelings for the country. “What makes this mosaic special, apart from its sheer unprecedented scale, is the fact that it will have a highly interactive element, giving the public an opportunity to express their love for Bahrain.”
It’s all about making it personal, through your eyes, and the project aims to capture visitors’ and locals’ unique stories, as well as the country’s rich, cultural diversity. “We are looking for photos that showcase the Bahraini culture and heritage, along with the country’s attractions,” explains AlKhan.
Once you’ve submitted your images online, via the dedicated portal, the BTEA will collect the images, and sort them according to contrast, colour and relevance. Then, once the final masterpiece is unveiled at the ceremony, the full details of which are yet to be announced, the mosaic will be permanently available to view online and an indoor exhibition will be launched at an undisclosed location in Bahrain.
“We hope this event will attract as many photographers as possible from across different age groups,” says AlKhan.
“Photography is considered as one of the most popular mediums available to people of all ages. This interactive initiative will help showcase the Kingdom’s touristic attractions to a wider audience. We urge all talented photographers and enthusiasts to participate by submitting their unique shots that express their love towards the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
So, where will it be? Janabiya’s camel farm? The Riffa Fort? Souq Al Qaysariya? Wherever your favourite spot on the island might be, a picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. So make it count.
Submit yours online at www.bahrainmosaic.com/mosaic.php by November 2016.