Portrait By A Nation

02 Nov 2016
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

Calling all young artists: Celebrate Oman’s 46th National Day by taking part in Y’s Portrait By A Nation Competition and you could win a share of our RO2,550 prize pool.

Y Magazine has been inundated with entries from around the country for our Portrait By A Nation competition, our annual art extravaganza in which children aged between five and 17 are given the opportunity to showcase their creativity and win big.


This year’s event has been extended to different parts of the Sultanate and now includes Sur, Nizwa, Sohar and Salalah in addition to the capital, which will allow a greater number of children from different regions to be part of the unique event. Children from all regions in Oman will put their flair for art on display by colouring, painting or decorating a printed canvas of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said in any way they wish as they compete for huge cash prizes.

“We have been inundated with entries from around the country,” says Felicity Glover, Y’s managing editor. “It’s a fantastic response to this unique event that celebrates Oman’s 46th National Day. And as we gear up to host the event in Nizwa, Sohar, Sur and Salalah this weekend, we are expecting to see some incredible talents on show.”

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 Al Mouj Muscat.


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.

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 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 display for the duration of the country’s National Day celebrations.

Al Mouj Muscat will play host to the event in the capital, while in Salalah, the competition will be held at the Crowne Plaza Salalah.


Apart from the cash prizes, participants in the five to nine year age group also stand a chance of winning a one-year 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.

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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

• Shell fuel stations

• Register online at www.y-oman.com

  • Complete the form and post it in the drop box on site. You will also find a registration form on Y’s website. 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.
  • Entries close on October 30 for participants in Sur, Sohar, Nizwa and Salalah.
  • Entries close on November 5 for participants in Muscat.
  • 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.



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