In honour of the 48thOman National Day on November 18, Y’s Portrait By A Nation (PBAN) returned for its fifth annual competition presented by Ahlibank, powered by Gloria Jean’s Coffees in association with Shell Oman, Muscat Grand Mall, Sandan Properties, Chiko Koffy, and Shapoorji Pallonji, and with the support of Phoenix Power Company (SAOG), Crowne Plaza Sohar, Hilton Salalah Resort, Nizwa Grand Mall, and My City Centre Sur. Once again, young artists from schools across the Sultanate came together to create a unique piece of art as a lasting tribute to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Competitions took place across the interiors in Sur, Sohar, Nizwa, and Salalah on November 9 and 10, while festivities wrapped up in the capital on November 16 and 17, with record numbers of children turning out to take part at Muscat Grand Mall. They came with their crayons, their coloured pencils, their paints and their brushes; they came with their glue-guns and fabric, sequins and glass – any materials inspired by their own creativity to craft a portrait of His Majesty.
Over two days, and eight batches of two hours each, children as young as five all the way up to age 17 worked diligently on their canvasses, showcasing unprecedented levels of creativity and self-expression. Then, it was up to the judging panel, as sponsors and members of Team Y gathered once again at Muscat Grand Mall on Sunday, December 2 to choose the best 48 portraits – 16 from each age category – to be selected as finalists.
For the judges, the selection process was a staggering task due to the sheer numbers of canvasses to view but also a rewarding one.
“The kids have been really amazing. I’m surprised at the level of such talent in the country,” expressed Said Al Hamdani, Deputy General Manager – Head of Corporate Communication for Ahlibank. “We’re really lucky to be the presenting sponsor for this event – there are some truly amazing pieces of work here, which made it difficult to select the best among them. We’re looking forward for the coming years [of PBAN]. I really encourage all our colleagues to participate in this wonderful event. Every year the numbers are increasing, and we’d love to see them double even for next year.”
“We’re proud to be part of this programme,” said Michel Chee, CEO of associate sponsor Sandan Properties. “I saw a lot of talent and creativity, and I believe if [PBAN] continues to be developed it will be an asset to the country in terms of creativity for the nation. [PBAN] is in close collaboration with what we are doing – [Sandan Properties] is doing an art showroom for underprivileged kids where we’re giving them a platform to showcase their art. We want to assist and help our nation’s young people to enhance their creativity.”
About Y Portrait By A Nation
One of the biggest events of the year in Oman, Y’s Portrait By A Nation saw a record number of entries received from children aged 5-17 years-old from Muscat, Nizwa, Sur, Sohar and Salalah for the 2018 event.
Children received a different-sized canvas and a different portrait of His Majesty, across three age categories of competition:
5-9 years – Canvas size 20cm x 30cm
10-13 years – Canvas size 30cm x 40cm
14-17 years – Canvas size 40cm x 50cm
Forty-eight finalists have been selected from participants – 16 in each category, with three winners chosen among them from each age category, for a chance to win prizes worth a total of RO2,550. Each winner will win 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.
Championing the patriotic heart of the nation through the artistic expression of the young generation, Y’s Portrait By A Nation is 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.
2018 Y Portrait By A Nation Finalists
Category: 5-9 years-old
Harakh Chetan Gheewala
Zayd Ahmed Khan
Gowrisree Rajesh Kumar
Rutva Sunil Talati
Category: 10-13 years-old
Tejashree B. Konade
Riya Kalpesh Rachchh
Lekshmi Roj S.
Manya Sunil Talati
Category: 14-17 years-old
Sharon John David
Serena Mariam Joe
Fouad Zenin Nowshad
Sruthi B. Panicker
Aryan Kanchan Shere
Finalists will be contacted individually for the 2018 PBAN awards ceremony to be conducted in a 5-star venue where 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.
After the competition, there will also be special coverage in Y Magazine, which will feature the works of the young artists along with their interviews. And, finally, 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.