Grand Closing Ceremony of Al-Quds Ash-Sharif OIC Youth Capital 2018 was held in Ankara on 11 march 2019

ICYF and Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey is holding the Grand Closing Ceremony of “Al-Quds Ash Sharif – OIC Youth Capital 2018” with participation of respective OIC Member States’ ministries, head of diplomatic missions, Palestinian youth and youth of Muslim world.

The closing ceremony started with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an. During the closing ceremony, H.E. Mr. Taha Ayhan, President of ICYF, delivered a welcoming speech, appreciating the successful implementation of the Al-Quds Ash-Sharif OIC Youth Capital 2018 throughout the year by partner organizations. Mr.President welcomed the guests and started his speech by expressing appreciation and thanks to His Excellency Abu Mazen, President of the State of Palestine, for high patronage provided to the OIC Youth Capital Programme, H.E. Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey for the excellent arrangements and hospitality and the Higher Council for Youth and Sports and his Chairperson, H.E. General Jibril Rajoub, for his cooperation and commitment, support for the successful implementation of Al-Quds OIC Youth Capital 2018.
Mr.Taha Ayhan highlighted that “The OIC Youth Capital programme, is also one of tolerance, sharing and raising high the standard of youth; underlining their creativity, dynamism and all that they have to offer to their societies, nations and the world”.

The Grand Closing Ceremony of “Al-Quds Ash-Sharif – OIC Youth Capital 2018” International Programme held with the participation of Palestinian youth and International Photography Exhibition entitled “Human Faces of AL-Quds” was displayed during the Ceremony.

“Today, when the Muslim world is not able to establish sufficient solidarity with the Palestinian people and our Palestinian brothers, we are suffering painfully in all the Muslim geography, and even in the case of Jerusalem, which is the symbol of our Islamic character, we are witnessing violations to its status” H.E. Mr.Ahmet Büyükgümüş ,Vice President of Justice and Development Party and the Member of Parliament,Yalova delivered a speech in the Closing Ceremony.
He also expressed his thanked for ICYF active role in promoting role of youth in Islamic world .

The speeches followed by H.E. Amb. Salem Mubarak Al Shafi, Ambassador of Qatar to Ankara, H.E. Yavuz Selim Kıran, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, and H.E. Gen. Jibril Rajoub, Chairman of the Youth and Sports of the State of Palestine.

Grand Closing Ceremony of al-Quds Ash-Sharif OIC Youth Capital 2018 was attended by Ambassadors, Diplomats and Representatives from 56 OIC Member States in Ankara as well as head of institutions and international organizations such as TUBITAK, T3 Foundation, Isdb, Arab Town Organization, SESRIC, and Ibn Haldun.

H.E. Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey also delivered a keynote speech, he emphasized that “Today’s event summarizes our work as such programs, where our youth come together to share knowledge, culture and social relations, are quite important to boost solidarity among Muslim countries” and he highlighted that “OIC Youth Capital is an important part of OIC’s youth strategy.” “We present our sincere good wishes and continues support to ICYF and its President Mr.Taha Ayhan for the implementation of the resolutions taken in the 4th Islamic Conference of Ministers of Youth and Sports and the success of its future activities,” Mr. Kasapoğlu added.

During the closing ceremony, successful Participant of the “Al-Quds Ash-Sharif OIC Youth Capital 2018” programs which held throughout the year were awarded. -Ms. Muazzez Gül, the Participant of Discovery of Our Civilization: “Quds”
-Mr. Durim Abazi , the Participant of ICYF Youth Media Capacity Building Camp
-Mr. Burak Omer Demir, the Participants of High School Arabic MOIC Programme
-Mr. Abdallah A. A. Nouri , the Participant of Establishment of Palestinian National Youth Council -Ms. Zehra Nur Düz , the Participant of Muslim Future Thinkers Forum
-Ms. Ghazel Hasan Abunemeh , the Winner of Human Faces of Al-Quds Photo Contest

Within the scope of the Grand Closing Ceremony important partners that have outstandingly contributed to successful implementation of the 2018 Al Quds 2018 Program was presented with an award as a symbol of appreciation for their generous support to the initiative.

On this special occasion, Gen. Jibril Rajoub expressed appreciation of the State and people of Palestine for ICYF efforts in supporting Palestinian youth and advocating for their integration into OIC and international youth programmes and projects.

Al-Quds was hand over the OIC Youth Capital Key to Doha, as the owner of the program for 2019.

The Program ended with the signing of cooperation agreements between ICYF and several high-level institutions that are to cooperate with ICYF on implementing important projects in 2019 and beyond with the ultimate purpose on serving the youth of Ummah. The institutions that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are as following:

Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Turkey,H.E. Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu

Ibn Haldun University, Prof. Recep Şentürk, Rector

Arab Towns Organization, H.E Ahmad AL Subih, Secretary General

T3 Foundation,  Mr. Haluk Bayraktar, Chairman of Board

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) , H.E Amb. Musa Kulaklıkaya Director General

Beyoğlu Education and Culture Foundation, Mr Şaban Kurt, Chairman of Board

Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) , Mr. Mesut Karaca, Secretary General

After the Closing Ceremony Mr.Taha Ayhan,ICYF President and Mr. Abdulrahman Mohammed AL-Hajri, Adviser to the Minister of Culture and Sports of State of Qatar met with local and international press. Mr.Taha and Mr.Al-Hajri answered the reporters’ questions in the Press Conference.

The Grand Closing Ceremony of “Al-Quds Ash-Sharif – OIC Youth Capital 2018” International Programme

The Grand Closing Ceremony of “Al-Quds Ash-Sharif – OIC Youth Capital 2018” International Programme, organized by Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) in cooperation with the Higher Council for Youth and Sports of the State of Palestine and with the kind hospitality of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey, will be held at its Conference Hall on 11 March 2019 in the Turkish capital Ankara, in which Al-Quds will hand over the OIC Youth Capital Key to Doha, as the owner of the program for 2019.

During the year of 2018, in a historic decision of solidarity with Palestinian people, Al-Quds Al-Sharif was celebrated as the OIC Youth Capital for 2018 through a year-long international programme of invigorating youth activities co-organized by the aforementioned Council and ICYF, as the Implementing Agency of the Joint Youth Action Plan adopted by the 4th Session of the Islamic Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers (Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2018) and relevant decisions of the subsequent OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.

It is our firm belief that the programs held throughout the year, including establishment of the Palestinian National Youth Council, Media Training Camp and Human Faces of Al-Quds Photo Contest and Exhibitions, organized with the kind support of the Ministries of Respective of OIC Member States, including the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, State of Qatar and Republic of Turkey, have significantly contributed towards raising international awareness on the inalienable rights of Palestinians and Muslims towards the sanctity of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and also paved the way for cooperation, joint work and friendship between youth of Ummah and Palestine.

دعوة لتقديم طلبات: المسابقة الدولية للتصوير الشبابي “وجوه من القدس”

دعوة لتقديم طلبات: المسابقة الدولية للتصوير الشبابي “وجوه من القدس”

يعلن منتدى شباب المؤتمر الإسلامي للحوار والتعاون (ICYF-DC)، مؤسسة دولية تابعة لمنظمة التعاون الإسلامي (OIC)، عن الدعوة أدناه للطلب الصادر عن المجلس الأعلى للشباب والرياضة في دولة فلسطين بشأن المسابقة الدولية للتصوير الشبابي “وجوه من القدس” التي ستُعقد في إطار البرنامج الدولي “القدس الشريف – عاصمة شباب منظمة التعاون الإسلامي لعام 2018.

بالتركيز على التراث الإسلامي والثقافي المتعدد للقدس، فإن “وجوه من القدس تحلم بوصف الحياة اليومية للسكان الفلسطينين في القدس وأيضًا المشاكل والظلم الذي يواجهونه. تمت دعوة المصورين ليوضحوا رؤيتهم للقدس الشريف، وأهميتها للتراث الإسلامي، والحوار الثقافي والحضاري المتعدد والتعدي على حرمتها تحت الاحتلال الإسرائيلي. فإنها ستخلق روح التضامن مع سكان المدينة المقدسة، بتسليط الضوء على حياتهم اليومية، بالإضافة إلى النضال والظلم الذي يتعاملون معه بشكل يومي.

 مواضيع المسابقة

  1. “القدس الشريف: مهد الحضارة”

صور للمواقع والمشاهد والمدلول الديني أو الحضاري أو الثقافي التي تم التقاطها في مدينة القدس الشريف الذي يعبر عن العمق الحضاري والتاريخي والروحاني للمدينة القديمة.

  1. “القدس الشريف: مدينة تحت الحصار”

صور لصعوبات وتحديات الحياة، وخاصة عند زيارة الأماكن المقدسة في القدس تحت الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، والتي تعبر عن التعديات على المكان المقدس والروح والطابع الديني للقدس الشريف وتوثقها.

  1. “وجوه من القدس”

صور للحياة اليومية لسكان القدس الشريف تحت الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، والتي تعبر عن روح الصمود والتحديات والمثابرة والأحزان والآمال.

الأهلية وسياسة المسابقة

  1.  هذه المنافسة مفتوحة لكل الشباب من كافة الأديان والدول والتي تتراوح أعمارهم ما بين 18 و35. يتم تشجيع المصورين غير المحترفين بشكل خاص على المشاركة في المسابقة.
  2. المشاركة في المسابقة مفتوحة للكل دون أية رسوم.
  3. بالنسبة لعدد التقديمات فهو غير محدود.
  4. وفقًا لكل مواضيع المسابقة، يجب تحميل الصور أحادية اللون (الأبيض والأسود) والملونة كملف بخاصية DPI تصل إلى 72 بيكسل في تنسيق JPG ونموذج ألوان RGB. يجب أن يكون الجانب الأطول 1500 بيكسل بمعدل 2×3 أو 1×1. لا ينبغي أن يكون مستوى إخراج الفوتوشوب أقل من 10. الصور البانورامية غير مقبولة.
  5. لا يسمح بالصور الهندسية أو العلامة المائية أو المحررة هيكليًا. يمكن تحرير الصور فقط إلى الحد الذي لا تتغير به أصالة الصورة. يُسمح بإعادة تلوين وضبط تباين وإضاءة واقتصاص الصور إذا لم يتم تغيير أصالة الصورة.
  6. لا يمكن إرسال المشاركات في مكان آخر.
  7. تخضع الصور المختارة لعرض إضافي في المعارض التي سيعقدها منظمو المسابقة. يتم منح المصورين الذين يتم اختيار صورهم وطباعتها في صور المنافسة جائزة تقديرية (ستكون الصور المختارة النهائية ملكًا للمنظمين).
  8. سيتم وضع المشاركات في المعرض على شاشة عرض خلال الأحداث المختلفة حول العالم.
  9. بإرسال الصورة، فإن المتقدم يوافق على شروط المسابقة. المشترك مسؤول عن أي عواقب قانونية أو جزائية ناتجة عن انتهاك حقوق النشر من جانبه.
  10. تتم دعوة المتقدمين لمشاركة الصور التي تم تحميلها في قنوات التواصل الاجتماعي المختلفة (خاصةً، Twitter وInstagram  وTumblr  وFacebook ) بالأوسمة التالية: #AlQudsOICYouthCapital2018 و#HumanFacesOfAlQuds.
    #القدس_عاصمة_شباب_مؤتمر_التعاون_الإسلامي و#وجوه_من_القدس.

عملية الاختيار

لجنة التحكيم الدولية التي ستختار الفائزين ستحكّم على المشاركات المقدّمة من هؤلاء المصورينقرارات لجنة التحكيم نهائية وملزمة من جميع النواحي ولا تخضع للطعن. سيتم تقييم المشاركات التي تم تقديمها وفقًا للمعايير الآتية:

  • الرسالة
  • الأصالة والإبداع في التعبير
  • تكوين الصورة
  • جودة التنفيذ

حدود المسؤلية

لا يتحمل منتدى شباب المؤتمر الإسلامي للحوار والتعاون (ICYF-DC) والمجلس الأعلى للشباب والرياضة في دولة فلسطين مسؤلية أي خطأ أو تقصير أو انقطاع أو حذف أو عيب أو تأخير في التشغيل أو الإرسال؛ أو فشل خط الاتصالات؛ أو السرقة أو إتلاف أو الوصول غير المصرح به إلى استمارات المشاركة أو المشاركات في المسابقة؛ أو تغيير استمارات المشاركة أو المشاركات.


المركز الأول: جائزة نقدية 1500 دولار

جائزة أفضل صورة:  جائزة نقدية 1000 دولار

جائز المركز الثاني: جائزة نقدية 500 دولار

الجوائز الفخرية الإضافية:

  •  المصور الهاوي لهذا العام: 5 مشاركات
  • المصور المحترف لهذا العام: مشاركة واحدة
  • المصور الفلسطيني لهذا العام: مشاركة واحدة
  • مصور الشباب لهذا العام: مشاركة واحدة
  •  أفضل مصور سياحي: مشاركة واحدة
  •  أفضل صورة بالهاتف: مشاركة واحدة
  • أفضل صورة فوتوغرافية شخصية: مشاركة واحدة
  • أفضل صورة أبيض وأسود: مشاركة واحدة

مواعيد هامة

الموعد النهائي لتقديم الطلبات:  1 أغسطس 2018، 23:59 حسب التوقيت المحلي لمدينة القدس

موعد إعلان نتائج المسابقة: 3 سبتمبر 2018


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Call for Applications: “Human Faces of Al-Quds” International Youth Photography Competition

Call for Applications: “Human Faces of Al-Quds” International Youth Photography Competition

Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF), an international institution affiliated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), announces the below call for application issued by the Higher Council of Youth and Sports of the State of Palestine on “Human Faces of Al-Quds” International Youth Photography Competition to be held within the framework of the “Al-Quds Ash-Sharif – OIC Youth Capital 2018”International Programme.

Focusing on Islamic and inter-cultural heritage of Al-Quds, the “Human Faces of Al-Quds” envisages to describe the daily life of Palestinian residents of Al-Quds as well as troubles and injustices they face. The photographers are invited to demonstrate their vision of Al-Quds Ash-Sharif, and its importance in terms of Islamic heritage, inter-cultural and inter-civilizational dialogue, and the challenges to its sanctity under Israeli occupation. It will create solidarity with the residents of the holy city, casting light on their daily lives, as well as the struggles and injustices they contend with on a daily basis.


  1. “Al-Quds Ash-Sharif: Cradle of Civilizations”

Photographs of cultural, civilizational or religious significance, scenes and sites, taken in the holy city of Al-Quds that capture the spiritual, historical and civilizational depths of the ancient city.

2. “Al-Quds Ash-Sharif: City under Siege”

Photographs of the difficulties and challenges of life; specifically in visiting Al-Quds sanctuaries under Israeli occupation; that capture and document challenges to the sanctity, soul and religious character of Al-Quds Ash-Sharif.

3. “Human Faces of Al-Quds”

Photographs of the daily life of residents of Al-Quds Ash-Sharif under Israeli occupation; that capture their spirit of resilience, challenges, perseverance, griefs and hopes.


  1. This competition is open to youth of all faiths and nationalities between the ages of 18 and 35. Non-professional photographers are particularly encouraged to participate.
  2. Participation in the competition is open to all and free of charge.
  3. There is no limit regarding the number of submissions.
  4. Under all competition themes, monochrome (or black and white) and colour photos must be uploaded as a file with DPI up to 72 pixels in JPG format and RGB colour model. The longest side should be 1500 pixels with a ratio of 2*3 or 1*1. The Photoshop output level of the photos should not be less than 10. Panorama photos are not accepted.
  5. No photo geometric, watermarking or structural editing is allowed. The photos can only be edited up to the extent that the originality of the photo is not altered. Recoloring, adjusting contrast, brightness and cropping photos are allowed if the originality of the photo is not altered.
  6. Entries cannot be submitted elsewhere.
  7. The selected photos are subject to further demonstration in the exhibitions to be held by the Organizers of the competition. The photographers whose photos are selected and printed in the competition visuals are conferred award recognition (the selected finalist photos will be property of the organizers).
  8. Selected entries for the exhibition will be put on display throughout different events around the world.
  9. By submission of the image, the applicant accepts the terms of the competition. The entrant is accountable for any legal or penal consequences arising from copyright infringement on the part of them.
  10. The applicants are invited to share the uploaded photos in different social media channels (in particular, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook) with the following Hashtags: #AlQudsOICYouthCapital2018 and #HumanFacesOfAlQuds .


An international jury who will select winners will judge the entries submitted by these photographersThe jury’s decisions are final and binding in all respects and not subject to appeal. Submitted entries will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Message
  • Originality and creativity of expression
  • Photo composition
  • Quality of execution


The ICYF and Higher Council of Youth and Sports of the State of Palestine assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to the competition entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms.


First-place Winner: $1500 cash prize

Best Photograph Award:  $1000 cash prize

Runner-up Award: $500 cash prize

Additional Honorary Awards:

  • Amateur Photographer of the Year: 5 entries
  • Professional Photographer of the Year: one entry
  • Palestinian Photographer of the Year: one entry
  • Youth Photographer of the Year: one entry
  • Best Tourist Photographer: one entry
  • Best Mobile Photograph: one entry
  • Best Portrait Photograph: one entry
  • Best Black and White Photograph: one entry


Application Deadline:  1st August 2018, 23:59 Al-Quds Local Time

Announcement of competition results: 3 September 2018


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Al Quds OIC Youth Capital 2018 – Full story of the Launch of the Al-Quds Al-Sharif – Islamic World Youth Capital 2018 Program in Palestine

#AlQudsOICYouthCapital2018 – Full story of the Launch of the Al-Quds Al-Sharif – Islamic World Youth Capital 2018 Program in Palestine

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expresses high appreciation for the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation’s efforts and work towards supporting of the Palestinian Youth and Cause, as well as preserving the Islamic Character of Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

30 delegations arrived to Ramallah, Palestine for the Grand Opening of Al Quds Youth Capital 2018

Over 30 delegations arrived to Ramallah, Palestine for the Grand Opening of #AlQudsYouthCapital 2018 after hours of overcoming border control, difficulty and taking detours on isolated and treacherous roads.

Inshallah Al-Aqsa, the furthest Mosque, will become closer…

Closely follow the ICYF narrative on the program unfolding step-by-step on our social media accounts.