An Instinct to Win
From the Weekend Magazine: “As for any other hobbies/profession, dedication is the most important quality one should have to learn in this great art. Whether you are amateur or professional, always try to give 100% to the cause. ” — Hamed Al Ghanboosi
“In 2008, I went on a trip with my colleagues from the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). I captured a few photos which they admired. It was when I realised that I have a photographer in me.”
For someone who has no formal mentor and who has to teach himself and learn on his own about photography with the help of the internet, Hamed Al Ghanboosi has gone a long way. He has won 140 awards both locally and abroad yet Hamed said that he has no secret in achieving any of his feats.
“Recently, I have won a gold medal from the International Square competition and was the 1st winner of Annual Photographic Competition of Oman, both conducted by Photographic Society of Oman. There is no secret behind these [wins], to be frank.”
He shared that a winning photo often depends on a photographer’s instinct and his ability to choose certain photos for a specific section in the competitions.
“I am from Jalan area, east part of Oman. By profession, I am an Engineer and am currently holding Contract Representative Position in PDO. So, I would take photography as part time without
disrupting my current profession. I like all aspects of photography and more interested in landscape and street/travel photography. Wildlife is another area which I like to venture.”
And venturing into new territory seemed to keep Hamed going. A traveller by heart, he shared, “The most challenging and memorable trip I had was my visit to Ladakh (between 18,875 ft and 11,880 ft above sea level) in India (India-Pakistan Border) with other GCC photographers in August 2015. Though this mountainous place is a paradise for photographers from all over the world, we were the first Arab photographers to reach there. “
He said it was challenging because of the “high altitude mountains, the narrow roads and very cold climate.” On top of that, he shared that it was strategically located between the borders of India, China and Pakistan so stringent security measures were enforced by the Government of India.
“The enchanting beauty of that place is unimaginable and one has to really experience it. The mountains and valleys, the landscape and the panoramic view – all are very attractive.”
“Also, the custom of local people, the traditional colourful dresses and ornaments they wore were very attractive and were our photography targets,” he added.
I’m planning to go again in 2016 and it is my advise to Omani photographers to not miss that beautiful place. For his future plan, Hamed said, “I am going to participate in “Saudi Colours” (Saudi Arabia Exhibition) in December 2015.”
Asked what he can advise to amateur and new photographers hoping to pursue the same passions, Hamed said, “as for any other hobbies/profession, dedication is the most important quality one should have to learn in this great art. Whether you are amateur or professional, always try to give 100% to the cause. Hard work will always pay today or tomorrow so never give up.”
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