Arab News – The popular annual Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum will be held from Dec. 13-19 in Riyadh, which will include a showcase of the best photographs and short films of the Kingdom’s people, and cultural and tourism landmarks of this past year.
Started in 2012, the forum is organized annually under the auspices of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), and is the brainchild of the organization’s president, Prince Sultan bin Salman.
There is expected to be a huge turnout this year by citizens and expatriates, including ministers and foreign diplomats, to view the creative work, according to reports.
Prizes worth SR1 million will be announced at the opening ceremony on Dec. 13 for the Prince Sultan bin Salman Photography Awards, divided into SR200,000 for each of five categories, including Cultural Heritage of the Kingdom, Tourism Experience, Saudi Faces and Nature in Saudi Arabia.
There is also a short-film competition for amateur and professional filmmakers to produce work on the Kingdom’s rich heritage.
The scientific program at the forum will see leading international experts in the field of tourism, photography and filmmaking conducting workshops and training sessions, panel discussions and lectures.
A new addition to this year’s event is the “Saudi Arabia through global eyes” initiative, which would allow Gulf Cooperation Council citizens and foreign residents to participate in the creation of a tourism library through their photographs and video.
In addition, there will also be a “Smartphones Photography Contest” that will allow hobbyists and professional photographers to display still and moving images taken on their phones.
A record 70,000 people visited last year’s forum, which included the late Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, who was accompanied by the SCTNH president and Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the former Saudi intelligence minister.


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