UAE GCAA launches first #UAEAviationArt competition on Instagram #avigeeks


The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has launched its inaugural art competition, “UAE Aviation Art”, using Instagram as the primary channel for participation.

Part of the ‘Love Your Sky’ initiative, the GCAA campaign aimed at raising awareness with the flight and passenger safety all over the UAE, the competition will search for the best aviation-inspired photography from across the UAE.

'Sunrise in the Office' by Karim Nafatni - judge of the UAE GCAA #UAEAviationArt competition

‘Sunrise in the Office’ by Karim Nafatni – judge of the UAE GCAA #UAEAviationArt competition

“The GCAA has embarked on its next stages of digital growth, in line with Dubai’s Vision 2021 and its aspirations to become one of the world’s leading governments in terms of its digital and art activities. “UAE Aviation Art” aims to engage with aviation fans and artists alike.”
H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi
General Manager

The competition, which will culminate with a public exhibition, invites all UAE residents to submit their work. Submissions can be made on Instagram by using the dedicated hashtag #UAEAviationArt.

Laila Hareb GCAA UAE“We are excited to see how the spirit of aviation can be expressed and captured. We urge people to visualize and use their imagination. It can be travel and escapism, but also photography of abstract art and emotions. It can all be captured on camera. We appreciate local art while we have deliberately kept the criteria for entry wide in order to attract as many people as possible.”

Laila Hareb
Assistant Director
Strategies and International Affairs

The GCAA has launched the competition across its dedicated social media platforms: with in Instagram being the lead for this campaign. It is the latest initiative in a series of social media campaigns for the authority.

The judge for “UAE Aviation Art” has been brilliantly chosen – it’s Karim Nafatni, who is a commercial pilot by day and a photographer and “roof topper” by night.

Online, Karim’s stunning birds’ eye view photography taken from the cockpit of his plane as well as from high locations and rooftops has pulled in more than 25,000 fans on his Facebook page – KNXposures – and 2.8 million views on his 500px profile. He believes the GCAA’s first-of-kind aviation art competition will reveal the depth and diversity of the UAE’s arts scene.

Karim says: “The competition will no doubt showcase that the UAE is rich with artistic talent. There is a real vibrancy in the breadth of the competition subject matter – aviation – with endless possibilities for inspiration.”

Participants will have the opportunity to display their work in from of a wide audience, as well as winning the new Xperia 3 Z3 smartphone from Sony Mobile, and tickets to any destination around the world, in addition to other prizes.

How to enter
To enter “UAE Aviation Art” simply submit a digital image of your work via Instagram using the hashtag #UAEAviationArt. The competition is now open and runs for one month with a deadline for submissions at midnight UAE time, 31st October 2014.

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