The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has launched its inaugural art competition, “UAE Aviation Art”.


Part of the Love Your Sky initiative, the GCAA campaign aimed at raising awareness with the flight and passenger safety all over the UAE, the competition will search for the best aviation-inspired photography from across the UAE.

H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, General Manager of GCAA says: “The GCAA has embarked on its next stages of digital growth, in line with Dubai’s Vision 2021 and its aspirations to become one of the world’s leading governments in terms of its digital and art activities.  “UAE Aviation Art” aims to engage with aviation fans and artists alike.”

Submissions can be made on Instagram by using the dedicated hashtag #UAEAviationArt.  The competition, which will culminate with a public exhibition, invites all UAE residents to submit their work.

Laila Hareb, Assistant Director, Strategies and International Affairs, GCAA, says: “We are excited to see how the spirit of aviation can be expressed and captured. We urge people to visualize and use their imagination. It can be travel and escapism, but also photography of abstract art and emotions. It can all be captured on camera. We appreciate local art while we have deliberately kept the criteria for entry wide in order to attract as many people as possible.”

The GCAA has launched the competition across its dedicated social media platforms: with in Instagram being the lead for this campaign. It is the latest initiative in a series of social media campaigns for the authority.

“UAE Aviation Art” judge, Karim Nafatini, is by day a commercial pilot. Online, Karim has received local attention for his stunning birds’ eye view photography taken from the cockpit of his plane. He believes the GCAA’s first-of-kind aviation art competition will reveal the depth and diversity of the UAE’s arts scene.

Karim says: “The competition will no doubt showcase that the UAE is rich with artistic talent. There is a real vibrancy in the breadth of the competition subject matter – aviation – with endless possibilities for inspiration.

Participants will have the opportunity to display their work in from of a wide audience, as well as winning the new Xperia 3 Z3 smartphone from Sony Mobile, and tickets to any destination around the world, in addition to other prizes.

How to enter

To enter “UAE Aviation Art” simply submit a digital image of your work via Instagram using the hashtag #UAEAviationArt. The competition is now open and runs for one month with a deadline for submissions at midnight UAE time, 31st October 2014.

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