“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Hi, could you introduce yourself in a few words?
My name is Hamad AlMudhayyan. I’m 29 years old and a photographer since 2016. I started the journey by using a smart phone. I love taking pictures of buildings and architecture, still life and streets.
Tell us about your education:
I graduated from high school and got a diploma. I’m now an employee.
What is it exactly that you do?
I’m so obsessed with architecture. I have this different view of buildings, I love observing them from their small details. I also love discovering new and old places and documenting them in a very beautiful way.
What got you interested in what you’re doing?
I was interested in showing people places they never thought existed!
What makes you unique or special in what you are doing?
I’m trying my best to help people find amazing places in Kuwait, as well as in other countries. I made a project called ‘Mukanik’. It shows so many places with their pictures and information.
Tell us your journey to where you have reached today. How was the initial struggle?
I reached where I am now by taking a very hard path. But the struggles I faced made me a better photographer.
How has been the help of your family in what you are doing? Were they supportive since the beginning?
At the beginning, I didn’t get any support. But now, I have many supporters around me!
Who are your top 3 heroes and why?
Prophet Mohammad PBUH, he’s the greatest man in history. Also Nelson Mandela and Einstein for being successful after many failures.
What are some of the challenges you are facing in your field and how are you overcoming them?
There are obstacles in every person’s life. Every day I face different challenges which are not easy. I try my best to fight them.
What advice or mentorship made a difference in your career?
Someone told me, ‘Don’t ever think about what others say about you or your work, and never stop trying.’
How would your friends describe you?
“Hamad has a very pure heart, is a good listener, talented, funny and kind.” A friend wrote that.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love learning new things, cooking, and meeting different people from all over the world.
What are some of your top achievements?
My biggest achievement is being a main source of images for people around the world for different places. And another achievement is being a volunteer for one year and a half straight.
What are your plans or goals for the future?
I would like to improve myself by learning more and more in the photography field. I seek knowledge non-stop. Also, I would expand the ‘Mukanik’ project and make it more popular among tourists and people who would like to know more about places.
How did it feel to be chosen for this award?
I’m very honored to be chosen for this award. It makes me want to do more and more! Thank you for choosing me. I really appreciate it.
Your message for other young and talented people out there:
I advise the talented people to never stop learning and don’t ever quit. Don’t value yourself depending on how many followers/likes you get. Always make a better version of yourself. And get inspired!
Tell us about a dream that you would like to fulfill or make it a reality:
My dream is to make ‘Mukanik’ a very big project in many ways. Also, I would like to be a film director and make my own film one day.