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Making room for talent: Phoenicia’s Hotel Art Photo competition celebrates second successful year

March 16, 2018, Beirut – After a successful inaugural edition, the PhoeniciaHotelArtPhoto (PHAP) competition is celebrating an impressive second year culminating in an exhibition of the 12 resulting works of art currently on display at the Phoenicia Lobby.
At the opening night of the exhibition, celebrated in a cocktail reception on Thursday March 15th, the winner of the year-long competition was announced by Phoenicia General Manager Dagmar Symes as Mrs. Nathalie Zeidan Chebaklo, whose winning entry was titled A wedding dress…A story.
During the year-long PHAP initiative each month saw one photographer hosted for a night at the Phoenicia Hotel and invited to produce one art photo during his or her stay. The resulting 12 works were judged by a jury in which the inaugural judges from PHAP 2017 were joined by new judges for this year. The jury was as follows:
INAUGURAL JUDGES: Globally Exhibited Photographer Roger Moukarzel; Art Collector Tarek Nahas; President of the Videoinsight® Foundation Rebecca Russo; SGHL Chairman Mazen Salha; PHAP Founding Judge Najib Salha and Phoenicia Hotel Former Area General Manager 2009-15 Georg Weinlaender.
NEW JUDGES: Filmmaker & Art Photographer Charbel Bouez; Photographer & Board Director Raymond Khalifé; Artist & Writer Jeroen Kramer; Commercial & Art Photographer Mamad Mossadegh; Phoenicia Hotel & Le Vendôme Hotel General Manager Dagmar Symes.
The grand prize of USD 5,000 also came with a quirky twist: it was increased by the same amount in dollars as the room number allocated to the winning artist during their stay; Mrs. Zeidan Chebaklo had stayed in Room 2022 and thus scooped a total prize amount of USD 7,022.
The opening night drew a large attendance to admire the 12 works of art produced during the second edition of the PhoeniciaHotelArtPhoto (PHAP) competition. The exhibition will be open to the public in the Phoenicia lobby until the end of March, with a limited edition of five prints available for sale on a first come basis. Each unframed photo edition is priced at $500 with 50 percent of the sale price donated to the designated charity of the artist.
Expectations are high that the PHAP competition will continue to go from strength to strength, and applications for 2018/2019 are already being received. For more information on limited edition photo print sales or on applying for PHAP, please contact