As part of the 2014-2015 season of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA), two special awards will be presented as a way of thanking and appreciating an individual or group for the role they've played in the photographic community.
The first of the two accolades is the 'Photography Appreciation Award' and this can be awarded to a person, group or team.
Commenting on the award, HIPA said: "There are many passionate people within the photography industry who are dedicated and relentless in their pursuit for excellence. These people offer their services and expertise without expecting a return on their efforts and therefore form a vital part of the photographic community.
The 'Photography Appreciation Award' is a special category for a person or group who has shown long-standing commitment to enhancing the art of photography. By awarding the recipient, HIPA hopes to give back a small amount of the respect and appreciation they deserve."
The second accolade highlights the importance of research in the photography field. The 'Photographic Reseach / Report' award 'celebrates research that reflects excellence in the field of photography' of which HIPA says will 'strengthen the strategic goal of the award, which to develop the art of photography for the entire photographic community.'
Commenting on the research award, HIPA said: "Research requires an unprecedented commitment of time and effort towards a particular field of study. It is invaluable in helping mankind create the future and advance knowledge and capabilities.
The Hamdan International Photography Award aims to enhance the ever-developing research field within photography by introducing the 'Photographic Research/Report Award'."
The two special awards are only open to those who receive an invitation from HIPA, however photographers of all backgrounds and levels can enter the 2014 - 2015 'Life In Colour' competition which has the following categories:
Life in Colour
Faces (Black and White only)
For more information, take a look at ePHOTOzine's previous article: HIPA 2014-2015 Theme Announced
More information on the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards can be found on the HIPA