Yomn Mohammed Al-Monla, who lives in Jeddah, has been recognized this past fall for the beauty that she captures in her images of Arabian horses. A Saudi native, she has an interest in highlighting her culture and showcasing the beauty of the horse within the equestrian world. She also has future plans to establish a Saudi photography academy to train others in the art of photographing the horse and desert environment. Below are excerpts from the article, “Saudi woman photographer snaps up major honor”, published 1, July 2021 in Arabnews.com, by Saleh Fareed. You can click on the link below to view the online article and see a few of her beautiful, low-light, night images!
“For me, as a female photographer, this is a great achievement and a serious distinction. I am honored and grateful to receive this recognition. I dedicate this achievement to the great support I get in my country, Saudi Arabia.”
“JEDDAH: A Saudi woman photographer has joined international photography’s elite after receiving a coveted artistic distinction from the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) for her images highlighting the beauty of Arabian horses.”
“FIAP, based in Luxembourg, represents almost 1 million photographers and has more than 85 national associations as members.”
“She hopes that Saudi artists and photographers eventually will gain recognition not just because they are Saudis or women but for their work.”
“The ambitious photographer said that her main goal is to establish a Saudi academy that offers the latest training and workshops on photographing horses and the desert.”