Y Magazine’s ‘Portrait By A Nation’ competition all set to kick off in Muscat

08 Nov 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

With the first phase of Y’s biggest annual event, ‘Portrait By A Nation’, concluding at Crowne Plaza Salalah, the next round is all set to kick off in the capital on Friday.

Oman’s premier art competition, Portrait By A Nation, is all set to go in the capital; doors to the event open tomorrow [Friday, 10th November] at the Muscat Grand Mall, in Baushar.

The competition will be held over the weekend, and will aim to bring the children of the Sultanate together to mark 47 glorious years under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

Building on the historical inaugural event, this year’s instalment is a much bigger competition, as was seen from the turnout of budding artists in Salalah and Nizwa, last week. The event was held in interiors i.e. Salalah (Crowne Plaza) and Nizwa (Golden Tulip) on 3nd November, 2017.

With the ball all set to roll in Muscat, children 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.

The event will be powered by FRiENDi in association with sponsors Muscat Grand Mall, PUCK, IDdesign and Finland Eye Center. Meanwhile, eXtra will be the electronics sponsor for the event.

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 47 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 2,200 entries from children across the country, who came together under one designated banner to create their portrait. Now in its fourth 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. We will also be including a new category this year for children with special needs.

“Once again, we are very proud to present Y’s the fourth edition of our annual competition, Portrait By A Nation. The past three 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 Nishad Padiyarath, editorial head of Y Magazine.

“And we believe that the 47th National Day will be even more special.”

At the end of the painting events, 47 finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes representatives from our sponsors and Nishad. The finalists will then be invited to a special ceremony on November 18 to reveal the winners. The final 47 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.

Talking about the event, a spokesperson for Muscat Grand Mall says: “We are proud to be a part of Y’s Portrait By A Nation event, this year. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to showcase their talents and also nab some lucrative prizes.

“We feel this will make way for some healthy competition but also some really striking art,”
he adds.

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