The 12th annual Asia-Pacific conference on Giftedness recently switched its efforts into educating its students on the art of photography. With the theme for this season being “Nurturing Talent, Growing Potential”, the conference invited some of the most talented Emiratis in different artistic fields to share their knowledge and skills with the young participators.
During a special session at the Institute of applied technology in Dubai, the guest speaker was His Excellency Ali Bin Thalith, the Secretary General of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid International Photography Award (HIPA). A world renowned photographer and documentary maker, Bin Thalith is considered a role model for young and emerging photographers in the United Arab Emirates and abroad. The Hamdan International Photography Award which he oversees will this year be the biggest of its kind in terms of prize money in the world.
His Excellency spoke at the session of giftedness which contained over 80 students from all around the world. Also attending the session was the Education Minister of Lebanon Mr Hassan Diab, himself an honorary guest of the conference.
Bin Thalith began by giving a small talk on photography and its development as a credible form of art in the last 100 years. He explained to the students various photography techniques to help them capture simple but effective photographs. The students were then shown a short documentary by His Excellency titled “Gaza Diver” which tells the story of a young man who lost both his legs in a rocket attack on his home in Gaza.
The teenager is given medical treatment in the UAE with support from His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. His love for scuba diving is not lost though as he goes on to explore the sport with the Crown Prince in the waters of Dubai.
Bin Thalith then concluded by handing out new HIPA cameras and DVDs of “Gaza Diver” to all in attendance. He urged the students to make good use of their new cameras and to try and implement all the skills he shared with them.