Amateur photographers capture connections between the UK and Pakistan
Islamabad: The British High Commissioner, Philip Barton opened a photography exhibition in Islamabad Friday themed Celebrating Connections between the UK and Pakistan. The exhibition showcased the work of 16 talented amateur photographers.
Aspiring photographers from across Pakistan were invited to submit their creative interpretation of the theme in a competition that ran for six weeks on social media.
The very large number of entries was then shortlisted for this exhibition by renowned international and Pakistani judges. Members of media, artists and diplomats attended the inauguration ceremony. The exhibition will remain open on 2-3 March at the Pakistan National Council of Arts Islamabad, before travelling to Lahore and Karachi during March.
Inaugurating the exhibition, the British High Commissioner Philip Barton CMG OBE said, todays exhibition is about some of the special moments and connections that link the UK and Pakistan.
Our countries are deeply connected. Nevertheless, not many people know about the richness of these connections that form our unbreakable partnership.
Our ties are not limited to the contacts between our two governments, but they also encompass our deep family connections, our people to people links, and our shared love of art, music and sports, in particular cricket.
There is a huge amount of talent waiting to be unlocked in Pakistan. I am delighted that our Celebrating Connections events and activities have provided an opportunity for people from across the country to showcase their talents. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching their interpretations of the themes for our various events and competitions.
For all the participating photographers of this competition, this is a great way to go back in time, pick out a handful of images and collaborate in a small but uniquely powerful display of photography, showing some of strong links between our two countries. I thank everyone who contributed in the success of this exhibition and congratulate the winners and all the participants.