Launched in 2011 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has immediately become an internationally renowned photography competition. Conceived as an initiative to establish a prestigious International Photography Award in Dubai, the awards are targeting the huge sector of talented and passionate people who have chosen photography as an expressive art form.
The Hamdan International Photography Award features a grand prize fund of $120,000, and there are four categories that can be entered, 'Beauty of Light', 'The United Arab Emirates', 'Black and White' and 'The General Category'. A maximum of four entries per person is allowed, with one entry for each category available.
HIPA has been extremely proactive this year in getting their message across, completing a University tour
last month to inform more photographers of the fantastic opportunities available to entrants of the HIPA competition 2012.
Last years grand prize winning image, by Pierre Gable from France.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: "We present this award in an effort to establish on the global stage an inspirational international competition. This is a competition through which artistic photographs communicate to all of humanity, without need for words, and without the challenges of cultural boundaries. It is a competition which reaches out towards a wider horizon, one which embraces your talents and nurtures them to their fullest capacity."
The Hamdan International Photography Awards are a major contributor to Dubai’s drive of artistic and cultural excellence and have already begun to achieve its patron’s aspirations, to transform Dubai into a base for the development and acknowledgement of excellence in photography.
The award also aims to enhance educational programs that involve various elements of photography, by expanding and collaborating with local and international groups in related fields. By educating society in the art of photography, a desired growth in photographic interest will take place, and lead more local and international participants to take part in photography fairs and contests. It strives to find talented photographers, and encourage them to develop their creative photography skills.
You can get involved in this momentous competition, and show the world what you are capable of by entering up to four pictures into the four categories of the competition. The competition closes on 31 December 2012, UAE time, so get your entries in soon.
For more information about the award and to enter, visit the HIPA.ae
website. Photographs can be submitted through the "Join Us"