By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 17 December 2013:
Sixty-one photographers competed yesterday for first prize in an exhibition entitled Worldwide Photo Walk. The four-day . . .[restrict]photo exhibition at the Art House in Tripoli ends on 19 December.
Participants from Tripoli, Ajdabiya and Benghazi competed for the prize of air tickets to Istanbul. Their photos were judged by a jury that included panellists from Iraq, Egypt and Palestine.
The head of the Libyan Photography Organisation,Taha Al-Kraiwi, announced the three winners – Muhammad Bitro, Khamza Al-Shwaide and Amjad Al-Tayb – at the end of the opening evening. Bitro donated his ticket to the child pictured in one of his photos, sitting amongst rubbish and ruins.
Abdulrazaq Basher Al-Ebbara, from the Ministry of Culture, told the Libya Herald that artists and cultural figures in Libya worked “in a minefield” because of “ignorance inherited from the former regime”. He said, however, that the presence of government officials at last night’s event was proof that this was changing.
Ebbara said the event had been planned for 19 August on world photography day but that security concerns had forced organisers to postpone.
World Wide Photo Walk is sponsored by the Libyan Photography Organisation, the Ministry of Culture and Civil Society and Buraq Airlines Company.