Gaza - Press House
On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Press House – Palestine, held an awareness workshop on the topic of "Media Competitions..Experience and Participation", within the activities of the Swiss-Norwegian project for the year 2022.
The workshop was held in Gaza City, with participation of photojournalist Mohammed Al-Baba, photojournalist Mahmoud al-Hams; winner of international awards, photojournalist Fatima Shabir; winner of the "WordPress Photo" Award for the women's element, photojournalist Mohammed Asaad; winner of the Dubai award 2021, and photojournalist Alaa Badarneh joined online from the West Bank to talk about the arbitration mechanism for international and Arab awards.
The workshop was opened by Mohammad Al-Baba, in presence of a number of journalists, students and graduates of media faculties in Gaza Strip, pointing out the importance of specialized workshops dealing with Arab and international competitions and the mechanism of implementation and submission for these competition.
For his part, Al-Hams reviewed the methods of applying for international and Arab competitions and awards related to photography, how to select and process photos in the early stages, and the categories based on which photos are evaluated for participation in competitions.
Fatima Shabir, also discussed the procedures she went through while applying for the international "WordPress Photo" Award and how she was able to win this award in the field of photography.
From his part, Mohammad Asaad reviewed the images he submitted for Dubai Award last year, where he won first place with one of the photos showing a bombing of a school in Gaza in May 2021.
Also, Alaa Badarneh discussed the procedures used by judging committees in international and Arab contests, the steps that images competing in prizes go through, and how to work on selecting photos that ensure the applicant a win in a recorded video.
The awareness session included a number of participations from journalists (women and men), which focused on the quality of the categories and how to apply for the International and Arab awards, as well as how the nominated photographs are chosen to win.