An amateur photography competition is to encourage entrants to engage with Scottish Islam.
The competition, run by the University’s Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, aims to explore and enhance knowledge of Scottish Islamic culture through creative photography.
Images must be taken in Scotland and must capture images that highlight an aspect of Scottish Islam.
Entries are free. The competition is open to all living in Scotland, and there are over-18s and under-18s categories.
A cash prize will be awarded in both categories for first, second and third place winners. The winners of the competition will be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Edinburgh to participate in a special event, and an exhibition of the best photos will follow.
The closing date for submissions is Friday 28th September. For terms and conditions please visit:
The competition will be judged by international photographer Peter Sanders.
Peter has published two photography books on Islam, illustrating the diversity of the Muslim culture around the world and Muslims integrated within British society.
The photographs will be judged on creativity, originality, quality and effectiveness in evoking a sense of Islam in Scotland.
The Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre is committed to encouraging a better understanding of Islam and Islamic Culture through ground-breaking research and innovative outreach projects.
The Edinburgh Centre is part of a unique network of Centres at prestigious universities around the world; four in the UK and the USA (Edinburgh, Cambridge, Harvard, Georgetown) and two in the Middle East (Cairo and Beirut).
In addition, the University’s Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) department is one of the leading institutions of its kind in the UK and the world.
It has one of the UK’s largest concentrations of expertise on the Arabic-speaking world, bringing together around 20 full-time members of staff active in a wide variety of fields.
Over 70 per cent of its research activity has been classified as world-leading. Areas of study include Islamic history and philosophy; modern Middle Eastern history, politics and cultural studies; and the study of Persian, Arabic and Turkish languages and literature.
This article was published on Jun 28, 2012