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Readers highlight the fantastic with 2020 images

From solar eclipses to earthly fields and everything in between, readers display keen eye.

Readers highlight the fantastic with 2020 images
Despite global travel restrictions, readers over the past year were still able to capture some amazing images. Here are just a few that were featured in the weekly publications.

A solar eclipse in four acts

Musleh J. Al-Khathami from the Content Creation Group in the Publishing Division of Corporate Affairs captured these images from last Thursday’s solar eclipse over the Kingdom, with the first photo taken at 6:37 and the rest from different locations during the celestial event. Al-Khathami used a mirrorless Nikon Z7 to take the photographs. The rare “Ring of Fire” eclipse will be the first of two in the Kingdom, with a second one due on June 21, 2020. The entire event lasted only about three minutes and was visible to a 160-kilometer stretch across southern areas of the Arabian Peninsula. Al-Khathami has been with the company seven-and-a-half years.

Night under the light

Alaa A. Al Othman captured this image of the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselkä in the northern region of Finland last February. Al Othman used his Nikon D750 camera to take the remarkable photo of the Northern Lights. Al Othman lives with his family in Dammam and works in Dhahran as head of the Portfolio Management Division in the Transaction and Portfolio Management Department. He has been with the company for 25 years.

Mount Pilatus in the clouds

Pradip Kumar, a reliability engineer working in the Reliability Unit of the Ju'aymah Gas Plant, captured this majestic image of Mount Pilatus, Switzerland while on tour there in September of 2018. Kumar used his Nikon D5300 to shoot the photograph of the high altitude area with beautiful views of mountains and a scenic lake. Kumar, who lives in Ras Tanura, has been with the company five years.

The beauty of India

Vikrant P. Ambatkar was on vacation in India last summer when he captured this photo of the World Heritage Site at the Ajanta and Ellora caves, and the surrounding hill station and forest. A native of India, he used his Nikon D5600 to capture the image. Ambatkar lives in Ras Tanura and works in the Ju’aymah NGL Fractionation Department as a vibration technician. He has been with the company five years.

Niagra’s grandeur

Niagra Falls cuts an imposing figure in this photograph taken by Ghaida Ayidh. Ayidh, who works in Dhahran as a planning and performance analyst in International Operations, captured the image while on vacation in the U.S. Ayiah has been with the company since 2009.

Fields of lavender

Sara M. Alkazzaz captured this panoramic view of a field of lavender in Provence, France, two years ago with her Nikon D810 camera. Alkazzaz is a process engineer in the Digital Transformation Department. She has been with the company for five years.

Stonehenge in a sea of green

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, two miles (3 km) west of Amesbury and about 145 km from London. It consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet (4.0 m) high, seven feet (2.1 m) wide, and weighing around 25 tons. Archaeologists believe it was constructed sometime between 3000 BC to 2000 BC. 
The picture was taken by Ismail A. Alami using his iPhone 6S. Alami works in Dhahran as a gas processing consultant in the Process & Control Systems Department. He has been with the company for 26 years. 

Palm Trees at sunset

Palm trees are an integral part of Saudi Arabia. This picture was taken by Tahany J. Ramadhan using her iPhone XS Max. This group of trees are located in al-Hasa, where Ramadhan’s family farm is located. She travels there every other weekend with her family. Ramadhan works in Dhahran as a financial analyst in the Treasury Services Department. She has been with the company for 15 years. 

Volcano from the sky

Javed Ismail took this photo of Jabal Qidr, a stratavolcano north of Madinah over 2,000 meters above sea level this December. The volcano last erupted in 650 AD/29 AH, and Ismail captured the image using his iPhone X. Ismail, who has been with the company for 13 years, is a senior geological consultant with the Exploration Resource Assessment Department. 

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