Celebrate Oman’s 46th National Day and show your pride by being a part of Portrait By A Nation, Y’s biggest annual event, giving young artists a chance to share a total cash prize of RO2,550.
After the fantastic success of last year’s first-of-its-kind art event, Portrait By A Nation is back, bringing the children of the Sultanate together to mark 46 glorious years under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said.
Building on the historical inaugural event, 2016’s instalment is set to be a much bigger competition, taking place in cities across the country, including Sur, Nizwa, Sohar and Salalah, as well as the capital. Children from all regions in Oman will be given the opportunity to display their creativity as they paint or decorate a printed canvas of His Majesty in any way they wish as they compete for huge cash prizes.
Presented by Al Mouj Muscat, powered by Shell Oman Marketing, and with associate sponsors A’Soud Global School, Atana Khasab, Atana Musandam, Burjeel Hospital and IDdesign, the event will be held on November 4 and 5 in the interior regions and on November 11 and 12 at The Walk at Al Mouj Muscat.
National Day is a special time in the Sultanate when everybody joins hands to commemorate the years of Renaissance and the road of evolution Oman has taken to become a nation that can proudly hold its own on the world stage.
The progress and prosperity of the past 46 years has been achieved under the guidance of His Majesty The Sultan, who continues to lead the country with a steady, inspirational hand, and there is no better way to celebrate National Day than by creating a lasting tribute to our visionary leader.
Last year’s competition attracted more than 1,200 entries from children across the country, who came together under one designated banner to create their portrait. Now in its third year, this year’s Portrait By A Nation could see numbers double as we celebrate this momentous milestone together.
This year’s event will again be open to three age categories, each with prizes for first place, runner-up and second runner-up, giving children more chances to win. The age categories will be five to nine years old, 10 to 13 and 14 to 17.
“Once again, we are very proud to present Y’s annual competition, Portrait By A Nation. The past two years of the competition have been a huge success and we have received an overwhelming response from many children across the Sultanate, all of them inspired by the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said,” says Felicity Glover, the managing editor of Y Magazine.
“And we believe that the 46th National Day will be even more special.”
At the end of the painting events, 46 finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes representatives from our sponsors and Felicity. The finalists will then be invited to a special ceremony on November 18 to reveal the winners. The final 46 portraits will also be collated and spread onto a larger canvas that will act as a collage of the many faces of His Majesty, as seen through the eyes of the nation’s children. This larger piece of art will then be on public display for the duration of the country’s National Day celebrations.
The art competition is a great chance for children to show their pride in the nation they call home and Y is encouraging as many children and parents as possible to get involved and support the initiative.
Portrait By A Nation is a fantastic opportunity for children to display their creative prowess on a wide platform and to also show their love for the nation and express their gratitude to His Majesty The Sultan.
Khaled Elwan, the cluster general manager of Atana Khasab and Atana Musandam, says: “Atana Khasab and Atana Musandam are proud Omani owned and operated hotels and we are delighted to be part of the Portrait By A Nation.
“We firmly believe in honing the skills of the children as they are, after all, the future of the country. Oman is such a beautiful country made even more special with the outpouring of love of all to His Majesty. We look forward to seeing the creations of the children as they explore their creativity and individual expressions of how they see Sultan Qaboos, a visionary leader who continues to shape the country to further success.”
To take part, children need to register their interest and select the correct age category they will be entering. Entrants will be invited to take part in the event hosted by SABCO Media, Y Magazine’s parent company, at a designated venue depending on where they live.
Apart from the cash prizes, participants in the five to nine year age group also stand a chance to win an art scholarship thanks to our associate sponsor, A’Soud Global School (AGS). The Sultan Qaboos Art Scholarship, which is provided by Al Najah Education, offers the winner a 50 per cent reduction in school fees at AGS – a saving of at least RO2,000.
“AGS is delighted to be supporting the Portrait By A Nation campaign as an associate sponsor. As a leading British international preparatory and senior school, we know how important creative arts are to our children,” says Andrew Hurst, the headmaster of AGS.
“As an associate sponsor and by offering an art scholarship, we hope that the real potential of a young child in Oman can be realised and that their talent is nurtured and developed to the highest level possible. Good luck to everyone!” he adds.
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Chrysel Ann Delos Santos, 18, was the runner-up in the senior category of Portrait By A Nation 2015. Here, she shares her advice to future contestants and how the event has changed her life.
I actually heard about Portrait By A Nation from my aunt who said that it was to become the first event of its kind in Salalah. It was also my first time at an art exhibition where there were many contestants. You could say that it was my first-ever competition.
“I had quite a lot of experience in art during that time, as I began painting when I was 13 but I was still extremely nervous at that time despite being excited to take part in the event at that time.
“But it was only after the event that I learned that it was an experience to cherish beyond anything. I learned that the event helped me meet new people and make new friends.
“Of course, because it is a new environment, so many would be tense and perhaps not be able to produce what they were capable of because of that. I just want to tell this year’s contestants that there’s no point going through any form of pressure. It’s all part of the learning experience.
“Even if you don’t win, you’re going to take home a lot of new experiences. For me, taking home the runner’s-up position changed the way I approach certain things. I am more confident as well as more motivated in my art now. Also, winning the competition has made my parents believe more in my talents and because of that, they are now extremely supportive of my artwork.”
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Simply pick up a registration form from the following locations:
• Y’s office in Seeb
• A’Soud Global School in Seeb
• IDDesign in Markaz Al Bahja Mall
• Oman Automobile Association
• Lulu in Darsait, Bausher, Sohar, Salalah, Nizwa
• City Cinemas
• Complete the form and post it in the drop box on site. You will also find a registration form on Y’s website at www.y-oman.com. We will need various details, such as your name, age and contact number, to verify your registration and add you to the event.
• Parents may complete the registration form – but remember: the children must complete the actual portrait.
• Entry is restricted to children aged between five and 17 years.
• There are three categories to enter: one for five to nine year olds, another for 10-13 year olds and a third category is open to teenagers aged from 14-17.
• Only one entry per child.
• Paints and other materials needed for the painting/decorating of the pre-printed canvas must be brought by the child to the event.
• Y Magazine will supply the pre-printed canvases depicting His Majesty’s portrait used by the entrants.
• Children selected to go forward for the painting event will be notified and must be free to attend on November 4-5 for all regional cities and November 11-12 for Muscat.
• The judges’ decision is final.