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Sports Photography

Have you ever dreamed about being so close to the action at a FIFA World Cup™ that you can smell the grass? Our sports photography initiative could be your chance to enter a new world of opportunity.

As we build towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and Qatar grows its reputation as a global sporting hub, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is encouraging people here to pick up their cameras and make the most of their potential. We want to fuel the development of the professional sports photography industry in Qatar and the Middle East, supporting homegrown photographers who can showcase the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ to the planet.

To kick things off we ran a nationwide photo competition, encouraging people to submit their finest shots of sport in Qatar. The top three photos were awarded cash prizes and special commemorative footballs during the initiative’s launch event.

The next stage is our sports photography course, delivered in partnership with the globally renowned Getty Images photography agency and BTK University of Art & Design. It could be the start of a glittering career behind the camera for you…

The course

The first part of this initiative will last for 12 months, during which time you will build your photography skills through part-time study and coursework. If you like, you can then continue to study for another 12 months to further develop the craft, in preparation for a professional photography career.

Successful applicants from this advanced class will then go on to work with Getty Images, enjoying further practical mentoring, commissions at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Qatar and possibly a place documenting the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

When: First quarter of 2017, for 12 months
Format: Part-time (8-10 hours a week of tuition and coursework)
Intake: 75 maximum  The curriculum will cover core photography skills, enabling any enthusiastic amateur photographer to develop their skills, confidence and industry knowledge.
You will also develop your creative side, while professional workshops and practical experience with Getty Images could help you on your way to a part-time career in photography.

The course consists of the following modules:
•   Concept and layout
•   Digital imaging foundation
•   Photography fundamentals
•   Photojournalism – project 1
•   Photojournalism – project 2
•   Sports photography
•   Portrait and event photography

When: First quarter of 2018, for 12 months
Format: Part-time
Intake: 40 maximum

Your second year of study will further your knowledge, skills and practical experience of photography – and you will meet and be taught by professional Getty Images photographers. The curriculum will comprise the following modules:

•   Sports photography 2
•   Documentary photography
•   Business fundamentals
•   Concept and layout 2
•   Independent project
•   Research project
•   Theory for photographers

When: First quarter of 2019 to 2022
Format: Ongoing mentorship and participation at key events
Intake: Dependent on students’ ability

A limited number of successful applicants from the Advanced Photography Course will continue their training at Getty Images from 2019 to 2022.
Getty Images photographers will enhance your skills and experience through professional practical development in stadium, action, photojournalism, commercial, documentary and event photography.
This will prepare you to work for Getty Images at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Qatar, with the possibility of going on to work at an even bigger sporting event – the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

This placement phase of the initiative will include:
•   Facilitated learning sessions at key sporting events •   Workshops and masterclasses •   Mentoring to support practical learning •   Support with entering photography competitions
•   Specialist training in stadium and action photography

Freestyler with football in Doha, Qatar

Our partners

To inspire the growth of sports photography in Qatar and the Middle East, various partner organisations support the SC in delivering this initiative.

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