Emirates Photography Competition

I was tipped off to this by my hero, the Elder of Ziyon. You can read the background here.

I decided to email the FIAP – and got the reply shown in the EoZ site. But I also decided to email the contact person at the Emirates Photography Competition.

Email One:

I am an amateur photographer.

I saw the Emirates Photo Competition described as follows:

” Under the patronage of International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is organizing the Seventh Session of the Emirates Photography Competition (EPC) 2012. ”

I was interested in entering and tried to register but was unable to do so.

Why?

I am Israeli. I live in Israel. The site does not allow Israelis to register.

“The EPC believes in the inclusive nature of art and its timeless ability to unite the interests and creativity of human beings everywhere, as well as the ability of photography to facilitate interaction and communication amongst people. Therefore the EPC’s Seventh Edition will be open to all photographers from around the world. ”

That does not seem to be correct if Israelis are excluded.

So, what is the position?

Is it all a terrible mistake? An oversight?

What do you have to say about this? What are you going to do to put it right?

I look forward to hearing from you.

No response.

Email Two was a simple reminder.

No response.

Email Three:

Sir

The website for this competition says:

“Under the patronage of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP)”

That is untrue. The FIAP has withdrawn its patronage (as you know) because of another untruth – the lie that the competition was open to everyone.

It may be embarrassing for you, but you should do the right thing and remove the text about the FIAP – and quickly.

I note, in passing, that you have ignored my two previous emails.

Well, if you do not sort it, people might form conclusions. For example, the conclusion that for those involved in the Emirates Photography Competition, the truth does not matter, and that lying is acceptable. For example, that hate and exclusion are acceptable. Is this how you wish to represent the Emirates to the world? As things stand, it seems you do.

Over to you.

I don’t expect an answer.