As the Sultanate gears up to celebrate the 48th Oman National Day, Y Magazine is excited to announce that registration for the 5th annual Y Portrait By A Nation is now open, as we invite youth across Oman to paint their patriotism once again.
There are only 14 days left until we set in motion the Sultanate’s most sought-after art competition – Portrait By A Nation. Now in its fifth year, this edition of the art contest has already been slated to be the biggest of its kind in the country!
The idea remains the same: it’s to honour the 48th National Day on November 18, and children can give themselves the chance to prove their love for His Majesty the Sultan and the nation with their creative ideas.
And as we enter the first phase of the competition, which will take place in Nizwa, Sur, Sohar, and Salalah, all that stands between you and the canvas is your imagination.
In short, the contestant that splashes the most innovative and well-executed idea on stage will take home all the glory from the prize pool of gifts worth RO2,550.
This year’s Y Portrait By A Nation returns with presenting sponsor Ahlibank; associate sponsors Shell Oman, Sandan Madinat, and Oman Shapoorji; and supporting partner Phoenix Power.
Children will receive a different-sized canvas and a different portrait of His Majesty, across the three age categories:
5-9 years – Canvas size 20cm x 30cm
10-13 years – Canvas size 30cm x 40cm
14-17 years – Canvas size 40cm x 50cm
From the best entries, the top 48 finalists will be selected – 16 in each category, with three winners chosen among them from each age category.
Each winner takes home a prize worth RO500 in each age category, while runners-up will win prizes valued at RO250 in each age category, and there will be RO100 for third place in each age category.
Last year, Y’s Portrait By A Nation broke new ground when it saw an astounding 2,200 contestants – all between the ages of five and 17 – take part in the competition in only two days.
Championing the patriotic heart of the nation through the artistic expression of the young generation, Y’s Portrait By A Nation will be featured across all of SABCO Media’s platforms, including Y Magazine, Koooora Wa Bas Magazine, Merge 104.8, Al Wisal, and Virgin Radio Oman 100.9 FM.
The competition will be held on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 as, over two days, thousands of children create their own special pieces of art on the canvasses given to them with a pre-printed sketch of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. This initiative not only encourages talent but also provides children with a platform to bring out their best artistic efforts while taking pride in their work.
On-Ground Competition Dates
• Nizwa, Sohar, Sur & Salalah: November 9 & 10
• Muscat: November 16 & 17
The Y Portrait By A Nation judging panel will include Presenting Sponsor Ahlibank; Associate Sponsors Shell Oman, Sandan Madinat, and Oman Shapoorji; Supporting Partner Phoenix Power; eminent local artists; and representatives of Team Y.
The panel will select 16 winners from each age group for a total of 48 finalists.
Conducted in a 5-star hotel, the sponsors will interact with the 48 finalists from the three age categories. The finalists, along with their families, will be invited to be awarded commendation certificates and prizes. The event will be followed by dinner.
Special Coverage in Y Magazine
After the competition, there will be special coverage in Y which will feature the works of the young artists along with their interviews.
Sale of Paintings
After the awards presentation, paintings of all the finalists will be put on display for public purchase at a minimum price-tag of RO25, with all proceeds going directly to the artist.
• Register online at www.y-oman.com
• Call or WhatsApp 9405-1770, or call 2442-6900.
Registration for participants in the interiors (Nizwa & Sohar, Sur & Salalah) closes November 6, 2018.
Registration for participants in the capital area of Muscat closes November 10, 2018.