Wide Participation in the WAFF Media Officers and Photographers Workshop

Saturday 23/01/2021
The West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) organized a workshop via video-conference on January 21, 2021, to prepare media officers and photographers over the course of two days under the supervision of Ali Al Raisi from Oman FA, AFC Media Officer, and Khalil Ndoum from Kuwait FA, Photographer and AFC Instructor, with a wide participation of approximately 70 participants representing many member associations.

The General Secretary of WAFF, Khalil Al Salem, kicked-off the workshop by welcoming the participants and the AFC instructors Ali Al Raisi and Khalil Ndoum, and confirmed that their supervision of the workshop will enrich the activities of WAFF, due to the great experiences they possess in the fields of media and sports photography.

Al Salem referred to the permanent partnership between the WAFF and the member associations, specifically through the investment of administrative resources and human expertise to spread it in the region, which has distinct and promising raw materials for the near future, and conveying the appreciation of the WAFF to the Oman and Kuwait Football Associations for their permanent cooperation and harnessing their potential to serve the various programs of WAFF.

He also noted the primary role of media officers and photographers in any match or championship for the success of sporting event, especially in light of the regulatory instructions that need to be followed, and considered that this workshop is very important and comes in the context of a series of workshops and training programs that the WAFF organized in the past period, in an attempt to distribute experiences, and spread benefits in the West Asian region, which is always a pioneer in hosting championships amid unprecedented success in organizing them.

Moreover, Al Salem returned to renew his thanks to all the participants and he appreciated their interest and eagerness to interact with the workshop and its activities beside the instructors, given that the media is an integral part of the system of any match or championship at any level.

For his part, Al Raisi reviewed during the first day of the workshop many points related to the media officer, the definition, their tasks and duties, and the media aspect of the matches in terms of press conferences, quick interviews, the media officer’s relationship with other matches organizers, and the roles distributed before and during the match. 

Also he spoke about the need to follow up on the application of many of the basic requirements in the technical meeting, press conference or in the training, ensure the readiness of the media center and to inspect the permits for journalists, photographers and representatives of the channel that own the broadcasting rights and other channels.

Meanwhile, the workshop also covered details of duties before the match day and during it,  and general instructions on how to deal with the work team, journalists and photographers.

During the second day of the workshop, Ndoum defined sports photography, and talked about the basic idea of photography, which he considered to be what the photographer’s thought or what he makes, not the camera or the lens, and what the photographer needs in terms of equipment and skills to carry out his tasks, in addition to what the photographer should know on the pitch as a photographer on one hand or as a journalist on the other hand, such as knowing the sports laws that he will photograph, the dates of the games, knowing the places in which the photographer should be inside the stadium, and the need not to violate the laws and instructions.

In addition, he talked about the camera settings and lenses and ways to adjust them in proportion to the atmosphere surrounding the match, and he presented different pictures from matches as examples, and the importance of timing in choosing the appropriate shot that conveys reality professionally and accurately.

In the end, and after the conclusion of each day of the workshop, Al Raisi and Ndoum listened to the participants inquiries/questions and discussed with them many points related to the media officer and sports photography, before Orouba Al Husseini, Director of Administrative Affairs at WAFF returned to convey the instructors and participants the appreciation of WAFF for their interaction and commitment to the workshop and the time and effort they put aside for it.