Room with a view: Phoenicia’s Hotel Art Photo competition celebrates

Room with a view: Phoenicia’s Hotel Art Photo competition celebrates third successful year 

Now in its third edition, the annual Phoenicia Hotel Art Photo (PHAP) competition has become a celebrated event in the country’s cultural calendar, as a pioneering initiative that encourages and rewards artistic talent. This year’s edition culminated once again in an exhibition of the 12 resulting works of art, which were unveiled at a celebratory cocktail reception on Tuesday March 19th at the Phoenicia Lobby. The cocktail reception provided the occasion for the winner of the year-long competition to be announced by PHAP Judge, Global photojournalist Emily Garthwaite, as Marcia Gunning for her work titled ‘Golden Eye’.

During the year-long PHAP competition each month saw one photographer welcomed for a night at the Phoenicia Hotel and invited to produce one art photo during their stay. The resulting 12 works were assessed by a jury panel including Globally Exhibited Photographer Roger Moukarzel, President of the Videoinsight® Foundation Rebecca Russo; Filmmaker & Art Photographer Charbel Bouez; Artist & Writer Jeroen Kramer; Global Photojournalist and Leica Ambassador Emily Garthwaite; Fine Art Photography Academy (FAPA) Founder & Owner Tanya Atallah.

Continuing a now established tradition, the grand prize of 5,000 USD came with a quirky twist: it was increased by the room number allocated to the winning artist making it a total prize amount of 5,727 USD. This year, Tarek Haddad received a recognition in 2nd place for his work ‘Reflecting Time’ and won a Fujifilm camera, and Roudy Doumit in 3rd place for his work ‘Tétromino P’ received a voucher for 500 USD to spend at the Fine Art Photography Academy.

The exhibition will continue to be open to the public in the hotel lobby for another month; with a limited edition of five prints of each work available for sale. Each unframed photo edition is priced at $500 with 50 percent of the sale price donated to the designated charity of choice of the artist.

As this year’s PHAP exhibition continues its run, applications for the 2019/2020 edition have already begun to be received. For more information, please visit or contact 01357008 or

The PHAP 12 finalists:
 Lara Karam – Case 924, February 2018
 Fadi Farhat – Lost Edges, March 2018
 Marie-Noelle Fattal – Palm Trees 40, April 2018
 Marcia Gunning – Golden Eye, May 2018 [WINNING ENTRY]
 Vanessa Bittar – Act 2, Scene 2, June 2018
 Maria Zoghbi – Layers of History, July 2018
 Hoby Ratsimbazafy – Day at Night, August 2018
 Tarek Haddad – Reflecting Time, September 2018 [SECOND PLACE]
 Roudy Doumit – Tétromino P, October 2018 [THIRD PLACE]
 Susan Hall – Phoenicia Hotel Beirut, November 2018
 Blanche Eid – Take a Deep Breath, December 2018
 Hiba Hage – Amethyst Balance, January 2019

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