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Hamdan International Photography Award Winners

Hamdan International Photography Award Winners - Find out who's won the $120,000 grand prize at this year's HIPA Award.

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The Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) have announced the winners of this year's competition, which has a grand prize of $120,000 and an overall prize pool of $389,000 up for grabs.

The competition, which boasts having the largest prize money of any photography competition anywhere in the world, featured four categories: 'Beauty of Light', 'The United Arab Emirates', 'Black and White' and 'The General Category'.

His Excellency Ali bin Thalith (Secretary General, HIPA) said: "121 different countries have presented us with 19,000 photographers who in turn contributed 26,000 photographs.

The judges in this season's award were well aware of the difficulty they would face in finding the best photograph in the 'Beauty of Light' category, because of the high standard of photographs submitted this season.

We are satisfied with what has been achieved during this season's award and we hope to emulate this success next season."

Osama Al Zubaidi was crowned the 'Beauty of Light' Grand Prize winner with the following shot:

Grand Prize winner's shot - Osama Al Zubaidi

The other photographers placing in the top three of each category were: 

'Beauty of Light' Emarati winners:
1st - Abdulaziz Binali
2nd - Omar Alzaabi
3rd - Alaa Al Mutawaa
'Beauty of Light' International winners:
1st - Jingsheng Nie
2nd - Oscar Bjarnason
3rd - Xiaoping Ling
'General' Emarati winners:
1st - Abdul Rab Sawad
2nd - Mansour Al Manaei
3rd - Mohamed Alsuwaidi
'General' International winners:
1st - Klaus-Peter Selzer
2nd - Boris Zulj
3rd - Guangfei Ji
'Black & White' winners:
1st - Chan Kwok Hung .
2nd - Edwin Djuanda
3rd - DuyHoang Le
'Emirates' winners:
1st - Helmut Wachtarczyk
2nd - Michel Zoghzoghi
3rd - Adeeb Alani

For more information about the award, visit the HIPA.ae website.

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tj Plus
15 2.0k England
8 Apr 2013 11:32AM
Well done to all the winners, particularly Osama with your stunning image! A worthy winner.

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This is the second year of HIPA which is hailed as the richest photo competition on the planet, with free entry and a panel of distinguished judges. The awards culminated in a glittering prize giving ceremony in Dubai on 18th March plus the publication of a beautiful 240 page book (PDF downloadable). With record entries this year, it is a great achievement to reach the short-list, but to win a prize is an even bigger honor.

However, it is sad to see that the Black and White category winner has picked up $16,000 with an image that has won awards before - the HIPA rules strictly forbid this. Very unfair to the many photographers who submitted original work and followed the rules. Ironically the same thing happened last year and two winners were disqualified.

This seems to be the trend in high end competitions of late, starting with the Wildlife POTY wolf fiasco then last year's Take-a-View Landscape POTY and more recently the National Geographic awards. I think that there needs to be a bit more vetting done at the short-list stage to before any final awards or publication of books etc. IMHO.Sad

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