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Leica M6 TTL Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani Photo Competition Award Edition, State of Qatar
(Officially renamed as AL-Thani Photography Awards in year 2005)

 



Qatar is located on a small peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the larger Arabian Peninsula in the Persian Gulf. Although its political territory is relatively small, Qatar is blessed with natural resources, it is an oil rich nation and with population of slight over a million, this has Qataris ranked to be having one of the world's highest GDP per capita (approx. USD80,000-00 per year). It was freed from British colonial control and obtained independence in 1971. In many ways, although Qatar is small as a nation, it has great influence around the region as well as the Islamic world. On the international front, probably the well well known trade name you can associated with Qatar is the Doha based Al Jazeera News Network, which had CNN having some headache to penetrate into the Muslim community across the globe. During the Gulf War, Doha used to be the headquarters for Coalition forces and had maintained quite a good rapport with the West. On the economic, tourism and social development, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) as well as the artificial island, Qatar Pearl which spanning nearly four million square meters and the up & coming Lusail City are probably some of the most known projects undertaken by the Qatar government.

Aljezeera News Network Logo and link to ALJAZEERA site QATAR Finincail Centre logo, link to QFC website

The QATAR Pearl logo, Link to the Qatar Pearl website

The Pearl project in Qatar, link toQatar Pearl website
And even after success of the 15h Asian Games, 2006 (bitter on our end, as Malaysia lost final bid to Qatar @$#%@&@&!!); Doha kicked off its official bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics in October 2007. But as Asian neighbor, we wish them the BEST of luck in the bid.

Qatar practices absolute Monarchy and the Head of State, The Emir is His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, as Heir Apparent, the Prime Minister, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani as well as many members council ministers, Heads of infrastructure and local development divisions all carry a same family name of "Al-Thani".

I have not been to Qatar but some of my friends are undertaking many development projects there. This introduction serves to give a viewer a rough idea why and who had initiated the idea of a LEICA M6 special edition model. The ruling Al Thani royal family in Qatar has a member who often caught the headlines in the west - Sheikh Saud al-Thani who had been labeled as big time Art Collector and is directly connected with construction of another mega project, a brand new Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.

Leica M6 TTL Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani Photo Competition Award Edition w/ Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm
One way or another, an idea of a photo competition was initiated in 2002 with the theme of Sheikh Saud Bin. Mohammed Al-Thani Photography Competition - Okay, I am not particularly sure if the Sheikh Saud al-Thani and Sheikh Saud Al-Thani are the same person, but I left it as it is. In 2005, the competition has changed its official name as a more specific Al-Thani Award for Photography and... it coincided with news of Sheikh Saud Al-Thani being placed under house arrest for unknown cause.

LEICA M6 Al-Thani Photo Award Edition, 2003
w/matching Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm which bears a Competition logo and engraving at the front lens data ring.


Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.
   
Anyway, it is better not to speculate as I am not a very familiar with Arabian political scene nor local development on other issues. I have only been told the photo contest was originally held for members within the Qatar Photographic Society (QPS). The period between 2002, the competition had changed its course and opened for all Qataris to participate. From 2003 onwards, it had further extended its reach to other Arabian Nations in the Gulf region as an annual international event. Each year, a theme was selected, with Flora (2001); Architecture (2002); Landscape (2003) and so on. The QATAR's Al-Thani Photography Award has since become one of the major photo events in the region. It must be highlighted that the Photography Competition was originally being planned to be held for period of 15 consecutive years.

An old 2003 Leica M6 TTL Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani Photo Competition Award Edition
LEICA M6 TTL Sheikh Saud Bin. Mohammed Al-Thani Photo Competition award Edition, 2003 (refer as AL-Thani Photography Award after year 2005)

Credit: Image(s) courtesy of Christie's Auction ®, who runs a every popular Christie's Online Auction Services. (Actual Lot 8021) Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Originally, there were eight winners in each of categories, winners would take proud possession of a Limited Edition of 15 LEICA M6 TTL, orange colored, bearing the signature of Sheikh Saud. It was
NOT known* if the LEICA was still being given away as Prize Award to winners. It was interesting to note that in the Al-Thani Photography LEICA AG has been linked as a the organizer of the event, while QPS was mentioned as sponsor. Next, it has listed with 15 Units* of the M6 special award edition but many of the references read as 16 units. One of the winner was a foreigner, Richard Allenby Pratt who was based in Dubai and has posted his price winning possession in 2003. * This visual library has listed at least two issues with 2003 and 2006, this may indicate there could be more units being released than the original suggestive figures as the Photo Competition was being held in succession for a number of years. The unit shown below was a good example, as it was the prize award for AL-THANI Photography Competition in Year 2006.

Leica M6 TTL Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani Photo Competition Award Edition top plate and front view

Rear section and base plate, Leica M6 TTL Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani Photo Competition Award Edition

NOTE: Although the official even had been renamed, the top plate of the Award LEICA M6 still bear "Sheikh Saud Bin Mohd. Al-Thani" with each calendar Year styled in very nice design layout. At the rear section, a hand written facsimiled signature is engraved and on the right hand side, just below the film advance lever, "Photography Competition Qatar" is engraved. The Special Serial Number that engraved at the opposite of the Leica production number has provided a clue in the issued quantity: this Edition issued for the 2006 Competition clearly stated 16 units. The previous mentioned quantity of 15 units could be referring to 2003 edition.

Front view and top plate close up view of features and engravings on a Leica M6 TTL Al-Thani Photography Competition Award Edition

While I was studying these photos and recalled the Al-Thani Photography Site where it had mentioned the Competition was originally being planned to be held continuously for fifteen consecutive years - could this series of award prized M6 TTL special edition bodies have been produced in a single consignment in a total quantity for the whole lot and pre-engraved with each calendar year ? Given a few more years, we should be able to find out if this possibilities exist as LEICA M6 TTL models were officially phased out in 2003/4. These may probably help to answer a few doubtful questions that linger in my mind.
Leica M6 TTL  Qatar / Doha Al-Thani Photographic Competition Award Edition model in bright prange leatherette
LEICA M6 TTL Al-Thani Photo Award Edition, 2006 with original corrugated box and walnut wooden presentation case.

The origina presentation case in Walnut and corrugated while packaging box


Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.
The LEICA M6 TTL Al-Thani Photo Award Edition has a very attractive appearance in its bright orange-yellow colour. Overall, it matches the silver chrome body chassis very well and I cannot visualize how it will look like if ever the body finishing chosen was in black. Although it was not entirely issued as a special edition LEICA but due to rarity as well as in its very eye-appealing overall appearance, it had slowly gained interest among Leica M6 collectors. The "rarity" element here interprets as chances in an award winning photographer would dispose individual awarding winning prize item for sale. A recent auction of this uniquely looking LEICA M6 TTL Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani Photography Award Winning Edition which was shown above in COMPLETE issued Kit has an Auction start price with EURO 7,000-00 where the hammer price incl. premium was EURO 10,800-00*.

But I wish to use a small section to refer to this model as
LEICA M6 TTL Al-Thani Photo Award Edition to reflect its current evolved status and to avoid confusion amidst all the names and different descriptions involved.

* NOTE;- Indicative price(s) herein is/are based original prices published on previous auction literature/references. Prices may vary according to gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations, and/or other renewed valuation methods.

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Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. One of the unit shown courtesy of Christie's Auction ®, who runs a every popular Christie's Online Auction Services. (Actual Lot 8021). The composite menu bar at the introductory page were pictures/photos downloaded from www.qatarembassy.org as well as a very interesting Qatar Tourism Board website (but seriously should enhance the content further. Image(s) Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.