Environmental Symphony Photo Competition

The Environmental Symphony Photo Competition concluded on 30 June 2020. We received 43 wonderful photos of Qatar. After careful consideration of all entries, the judges chose the winning photo and 17 honorable mentions.

The winning photo has been submitted to Mr. Charles Mauleverer to represent Qatar in One Home: An Environmental Symphony.

Photo Competition Winner

For the love of pearls
by Marina

Marina Popova is originally from Russia. She has lived in Qatar since 2013 and works in the service industry. As a hobby photographer, she very much enjoys exploring Qatar during her time off. She cares deeply about the environment and cleans up beaches whenever she can. Marina was very excited to hear that the oyster with the pearl photograph, which she took during the 2019 Dhow Festival in Katara, was chosen as the winner. In a subtle and symbolic way, both the hand with the oyster and pearl represent human and social vulnerability to ongoing environmental changes. 

Marina does her part in reducing her environmental footprint and says that even though it may feel like a drop in the ocean, in the end all our drops make the ocean. 

Upon receiving the plant to beautify her apartment she instantly recognized the heart-leaf philodendron as one that helps purify indoor-air. 

Scroll down to see photos considered by the judges and meriting Honorable Mention.

Call for Photo Entries for Environmental Symphony

It is with great excitement that SustainableQATAR shares this wonderful opportunity with the community. 

SustainableQATAR has been approached by UK-based composer Charles Mauleverer to participate in a non-profit arts project entitled “One Home: An Environmental Symphony.”

Mr. Charles Mauleverer is composing this Environmental Symphony with the intent to inspire climate action to collectively reverse global warming. SustainableQATAR was chosen for a photographic entry from Qatar.

“We would like the symphony to be accompanied by photographic contributions and messages from each country in the world. You can see some of the entries that have been collected so far here: https://www.instagram.com/charliemauleverer/

Charles Mauleverer


SustainableQATAR is looking for photographs of something important and/or iconic to QATAR that will be affected by climate change. The image shall be accompanied by a separate message in the format of “For the love of _______,” and the photo should represent this element or idea.

For example, a Canadian might say “For the love of glaciers,” with a photo of snowy Rocky Mountains, or, “Pour l’amour du sirop d’erable,” with a photo of the maple trees.

The message with your photo, in the above format, should be in either ARABIC or ENGLISH. The message will be incorporated into the choir’s lyrics of the symphony and will also appear with the image. 


SustainableQATAR is looking for photographs of something important and/or iconic to QATAR that will be affected by climate change. We urge photographers to visually realize this very important requirement of the photo competition, to think about and carefully reflect the work through this lens.

  1. No more than two (2) photos per person 
  2. Photo(s) parameters:
    • jpg file format
    • landscape orientation
    • 3000 x 2000 pixels (6 MB)
    • no logo or watermark
  3. Caption in Arabic or English “for the love of _________________”
  4. File name: Last.First Name.Location_EnvSymph.jpg 

There are no other specific requirements. It is just really important to see Qatar well represented. 


Anyone living in Qatar with a camera may participate and submit up to two (2) photographs for entry for the Environmental Symphony competition. All submissions will be judged by an expert panel and one finalist will be selected. 


  • Photo, message, and the first name of the photographer used in the Environmental Symphony to represent QATAR
  • Music Gift Card
  • A plant or tree to beautify the finalist’s home or garden in Qatar

Honorable Mentions

  • Recognized on SustainableQATAR’s website
  • Images possibly featured on SustainableQATAR’s website and promoted on our social media platforms


By entering the Environmental Symphony photo competition and submitting photographic entries for the project through SustainableQATAR, you give permission to use the photos, messages, and first name of the photographer by SustainableQATAR and the Environmental Symphony on all platforms where the symphony will be presented. The aim is to perform the symphony in as many countries as possible around the world, raising awareness for the globally pertinent issues and social responsibilities surrounding climate change. Ownership of the photo will remain with the artist. 


Please submit final entries to info@sustainableqatar.com by June 30, 2020

The winner will be announced on July 15, 2020. 

The ambition for this project is to create a recorded version of the symphony by the end of 2021, with all the countries’ photographic submissions included.  

We look forward to receiving many submissions. We hope that this project presents a welcome and joyful distraction and an opportunity to bring about change, igniting creative ideas for personal actions to reduce carbon emissions. 


SustainableQATAR is grateful for the assistance of an expert panel of judges, including members of the SustainableQATAR Advisory Board and these experienced photographers::

Nigel Downes, a veteran photojournalist and advertising photographer specializes in changing perception through visual narrative. Photo journalism includes post war Iraq and Kurdistan, the devastation of artillery fire on Palestinian refugee camps, genocide across Africa and the violence during the M23 rebellion in Congo. Contracted to the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, News International and Getty, amongst many others, and is a member of the United Kingdom’s Royal Photographic Society. Nigel’s work on Violence is a touring exhibition first hosted by UK Home Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie at the International Conference on Violence against Women in London and for UN delegates in New York City. This body of work is now on permanent tours. 

Sylvie Van Roey is a professional photographer living in Qatar since 2002. She worked as a photographic consultant for Qatar Museums from 2005 until December 2019. The last project she did was the Sadu wall in NMoQ (according to Jean Nouvel’s plan).

Sylvie hosted various international photography exhibitions in art galleries and cultural centres in Qatar, Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal. Between 2003-2004, she realized several extensive reportages on aspects of local culture for Qatar Tourism Authority.

Sylvie was also in charge of covering many important events in Qatar and worked for international companies to provide them with corporate pictures for their portfolios.

Journals, reviews and magazines have been buying her images to illustrate their articles especially for travel and tourism sections.

In the mid 1990s, she founded and led “Contrast” a private school of photography in Brussels.

Billy Gene Gonzalez is a professional photographer based in Qatar. Billy has worked domestically and abroad for some of the world’s top organizations. With a focus on events photography, his work encompasses corporate, conceptual and portraiture.  He has worked for Education Above All in Malaysia, Uganda, Kenya, Bangladesh and Cambodia. Other organizations including Arab Innovation Academy, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Reach Out to Asia and some of the hotels and restaurants in the Middle East.  He also works as a film production manager for 1507.media.

Deepak Vijayvergiya is presently working at Qatar Petroleum and is a long-term resident in Qatar. He is a Mechanical Engineer by profession, hailing from Jaipur, India. As an enthusiast of nature and photography, Deepak combines the two. He first nurtured his photography skills on project sites at Ras Laffan and Mesaeed Industrial Cities’ unique coastal / seashore areas where he observed migratory birds and other animals at sea and in the desert. 

Deepak further developed his photographic interests by supporting the Qatar Bird Project for the past 10 years. He learned more about birds, animals, their habitats and migration patterns and contributed to Qatar Bird Records with some rare sightings. His bird watching interest took him to explore the region, including Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, and India. It also gave him a chance to connect with nature and people (photographers and ornithologists).

Deepak strongly believes that preserving and conserving ecosystems is a service to ourselves, to our health and well-being. He practices environmental conservation for future generations.

Kai-Henrik Barth is an academic dean at Georgetown University in Qatar, living in Doha since 2008. As a photography enthusiast he leads the Georgetown Photography Club and advises students, faculty, and staff. Kai’s photography focuses on architecture, landscape, portrait and travel photography, with an emphasis on black and white fine art prints. 

The panel of judges is completed with SustainableQATAR Advisory Board members Mohammed Aljaidah, Dr. Reem Al Ansari, and Dr. Ali Alrauf. 

Honorable Mentions