The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) has unveiled its new mascot – an adorable dugong created by a graphic designer from the Philippines.
Dugongs have lived in the waters of Qatar’s peninsula for more than 7,500 years, and the Arabian Gulf is home to the second largest population of dugongs.
During the dugong mascot design competition, 40 submissions were received, and the winning entry was chosen by a jury.
Gaylord “Choy” Salonga, who won the contest, said,
“In designing the mascot, I set out to distinguish the dugong from other sea mammals who share similar characteristics. I also incorporated the rose motif into its fins as the rose is a symbol that inspired the museum’s architecture.
“I was surprised to find out that I had won the winning design as I knew many talented illustrators would enter. This is a major competition and it’s exciting to know that my design will be used to represent the National Museum of Qatar.”
The competition was created as part of celebrations for the museum’s first anniversary.
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