Life is sometimes full of surprise. The Al-Thani Awards photography contest recently had some for me:
First, I got invited to be a member of the jury for the 2013 competition. That step happened in December 2013 on the behalf of Chris Hinterobermaier, in Austria. It was quite intense, as around 8.000 photos had to be reviewed, but also extremely interesting as it gave me the opportunity to meet 5 fantastic photographers, who were the other jury members:
As if it wasn't enough, a few weeks later, I received a new e-mail from Chris, to attend the prizes ceremony in Qatar! It was simply fabulous. The ceremony itself was great, and the Qatar Photographic Society organized for us a discovery of the country, including a mesmerizing trip in the desert! I am so thankful, it was an unforgettable experience.
David also covered the whole event extensively on his blog, you may want to take a look.