Fuyang Zhou from China, Overall Grand Prize Winner.
The Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) winners have been announced at the Dubai International Finance Centre, in a special awards ceremony attended by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The overall winner of the grand prize of $120,000 is Fuyang Zhou from China, with his image shown above.
The total number of entries the annual HIPA Award received in all categories reached 38,203 photographs, submitted by 26,006 photographers from 156 countries. There were a total of four categories in this year's competition: Black and White, General, Street Life, with an overall theme of Creating the Future.
Yanan Li from China, Black and White 1st Prize Winner.
Vladimir Proshin from Russian Federation, General 1st Prize Winner.
Ali Alzaidi, from India, Creating The Future 1st Prize Winner.
Each category has a number of runner up images, as well as separate prizes for United Arab Emirates (UAE) entrants, which are designed to encourage photography in the UAE. The winning photographs as well as the runner up images can be viewed on the HIPA Facebook page
HIPA recently announced two additional Appreciation Awards
for people they felt deserved special recognition in the industry, and these were handed out at the HIPA 2013-2014 Grand Ceremony. Steve McCurry won the Photography Appreciation Award for being "one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years." Steve McCurry is known for his portraits, most notably, the famous "Afghan Girl" photo, which was named as "the most recognised photograph" in the history of the National Geographic magazine.
Ren Ng, Founder and Executive Chairman at Lytro, was awarded the Photographic Research/Report Award for introducing the first light field camera for consumers, the Lytro Light Field Camera
. The camera lets you refocus your photo after you have taken it as well as alter the perspective of the image.
Additional information can be found on the HIPA website