Muscat: To draw attention to the astounding variety of life in Oman and the need to preserve these precious resources, the US Embassy Muscat and Bait Al Zubair have partnered to display photographs taken by talented Oman-based photographers.
The exhibition opened in the presence of Rashad Mohammed Zubair, Chairman of the Zubair Corporation and Greta C. Holtz, US Ambassador to Oman.
Speaking at the opening, Ambassador Greta said, that through the photographic images, "we can pinpoint the inspiring variety of plants and animals in Oman: mountaineering ibex; playful dolphin; Boswellia trees that supply us with aromatic frankincense.
"I encourage Americans and Omanis alike to conserve the amazing biodiversity we enjoy, and to protect the environment and help it thrive."
Thanking Bait Al Zubair for partnering with the US Embassy, Greta said, "I want to acknowledge the professional Bait Al Zubair team for their artistic expertise. I have much appreciation for the Zubair family, represented by Rashad Mohammed Zubair, Chairman of the Zubair Corporation."
"I also want to thank Paul Doubleday, Bait Al Zubair's director, for his stalwart efforts in making this event happen," she added.
The panel of judges for the contest included Fahad Al Hasni, Exhibition Manager at Bait Al Zubair; Ahmed Al Harthy, renowned photographer; and Max Stoneman, Acting Public Affairs Officer at US Embassy Muscat.
Lauding the photographers for sharing their talents and inspiring the embassy to host this event, the ambassador said, "They have captured the natural beauty and diversity of life found in Oman." May 22 is the United Nation's International Day for Biological Diversity.
The names of the winners of the contest held in connection with International Day for Biological Diversity are Shamsa Al Harthi for her photo "Dive", Faisal Al Zadjali for his photo "The Desert View", Mohammed Al Raisi for his photo "Dream Island", Rahma Al Hajri for her photo "Wings of Beauty".