For three years now, Phoenicia Hotel has been organizing an annual photography competition to showcase art and culture in Lebanon. The yearlong competition hosts 12 contestants, each competing for the top prize and a chance to win $5,000.
The jury of this year was formed of filmmaker and photographer Charbel Bouez, photographer Raymond Khalife, artist and writer Jeroen Kramer, photojournalist Emily Garthwaite, photographer Roger Moukarzel, and seven other experts in the field.
Speaking about her winning photo, Garthwaite said that it was the ability of the photographer to tell a story beyond the hotel’s architecture that won the judges over.
The winning prize is set to $5,000 plus an additional amount in dollars that corresponds to the number of the room in which the winner stayed. In the case of Gunning, that additional amount was $727, making her total prize close to $6,000 for a single winning photo.