UK photographer awarded Omani picture prize

THE latest Lights of Oman Photography Contest attracted both international and local Omani entries, with one of the winners named as Sue O'Connell, from Bristol, who flew from the UK with her husband Paul, to receive her award.

This latest photography salon was organised by the Photographic Society of Oman in its new gallery opposite Al Moue (the Wave), with a display of competition entries from around the world as well as the accomplished work of several well-know Omani pographers.

As shown, Sue O'Connell, an author and photographer, was presented with her Global Photographic Union Silver Medal by HH Sayyid Kamil Fahad Al Said and (centre) Ahmed Abdullah Al-Busaidi, Director of the Omani Photographic Society.

Around 800 photographers from 70 countries participated in the Oman salon, with 6,109 photographs accepted and 1,598 photos exhibited. The winning entry was Majid Al Amri with his stunning horse racing photograph "Start". Ali Al Ghafri was the best author nad Habib Al Zadjali won the best Omani section with his beautifully composed portrait of a Bedouin Boy.

Sue O'Connell's photograph "Hair Care Day at the Nunnery" was taken in Myanmar and more images can be found on the society's website for this exhibition www.lightsofoman.org .