The Contest has now closed.
The new Ijtema.net site has been launched & the contest winners announced… check it out!
All the team at Ijtema.net wish our readers a very happy New Year (Islamic and otherwise). May Allah forgive the sins of our past, and grant us even more blessings now, and in the future. Ameen!
To start the new year with a bang, and as part of our drive to introduce more varied content onto Ijtema.net, we have decided to host our very first competition in the form of a photo contest, titled “New Year, New Hope“, where we’re asking our readers to submit images that they feel represent “hope”.
The deadline for submission is February 29th, 2008, after which we will begin the challenging task of sifting through the entries looking for the winning shots. The winners will be announced on the launch of our newly madeover site, in March, insha’Allah.
In addition, every entrant will be added to Ijtema’s new database of Muslim artists, which the editors will refer to when searching for content to post on the Photography & Art section of our newly refurbished site. So there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking part, insha’Allah.
Peter Sanders is internationally recognised as one of the World’s leading photographers of the Islamic World.
“My photography has always been an extension of my life. Photography is a wonderful process – a gift from God – that has allowed me to learn so much about myself and the world around me. Its like chasing a moment, trying to capture a beautiful bird in flight.”
“My work is a form of escapism, being able to be creative without any boundaries. When people look at my work I want them to feel an emotion or move something inside them. Things that inspire me are politics. People should be able to reflect and interpret the world around them. Something else that inspires me is Islamic art. Muslims are always looking back at history and praising there past achievements; now is the time to revive these forgotten arts.”
Samir Malik creates Artworks to touch, move and inspire us to find connection once again to the power and beauty of Spirit and to re-enchant us into the world of wonder and magic that underlies the everyday and connects all of existence. His artworks are part of public as well as private collections around the globe, and he has exhibited at The Houses of Lords, Alexandra Palace, County Hall, Regents Park Mosque, London and been featured in various periodicals, online as well as in print.
First Prize: The overall winner of the contest will be fortunate enough to spend an entire morning or afternoon in the company of Peter Sanders himself, to receive personal guidance on their photography in a relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately, Ijtema cannot afford to sponsor any travel costs at present, so those who are unable to visit Peter in person will be able to ask their questions via phone or VoIP, insha’Allah. This is a great opportunity for both budding and established photographers to improve on their skills, and soak in the life experience of a very well-travelled man!
Runner up Prizes: Two runners up will receive unique pieces of art, specially created for this competition by Teakster and Samir Malik. Both brothers are immensely talented artists, masha’Allah, so you cannot afford to miss out on winning their work!
Raffle Draw: For those who are a little skeptical about their chances of bagging top prize, you still have a chance of winning, as we’re giving away a signed copy of Peter Sanders’ book, In the Shade of the Tree, to a randomly selected entrant!
“[A] ravishing portfolio of a vibrant but seemingly vanishing world of saints and mystics across the Muslim world, counterpointed by haunting landscapes and architectural wonders… infused with a profound and reflective serenity that could only be achieved by a master of his craft who is also a spiritual adept.“.
Can’t access Flickr? We have recently been made aware that access to the Flickr website is actually blocked in certain countries, such as the UAE. For this reason we have decided to accept submissions via e-mail. Please note that only one photo is allowed per entrant. Mailing instructions are as follows:
- Attach your photo to an e-mail addressed to photo[at]ijtema[dot]net.
- This address forwards your photo onto the Ijtema Flickr account (not the official competition group). Please make sure the file size is less than 5MB, and that the format is JPEG, non-animated GIF or PNG. It may take a while for the photo to come through; however, if you don’t see it after 24 hours, please contact us: editor[at]ijtema[dot]net.
- Write the title of your photo in the subject header.
- Write a short description of the photo in the body of the message. The following details MUST be included:
- Name/ Nickname
- Photographer type: Amateur or Professional
- Age group: Kids (10 yrs & under), Youth (11-17 yrs), or Adult (18+ yrs).
- General location: e.g., N.America, S.Asia, Europe, etc.
- Check the rules of the contest to make sure your photo is suitable for submission.
- Click send!