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HIPA Photography Competition 2016-2017 – The Challenge

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has recently opened for entries for the 2016-2017 cycle, themed “The Challenge“.

The main theme for the Sixth Edition of HIPA is meant to provoke photographers’ inner thoughts and life impressions in search for the visuals that give expression to the meaning of challenge as they understand it from their own experience, and the individuality through which they treat it through the lens of a camera.

The total prize money fund for 2016-2017 is astonishing $423,000, of which $120,000 are reserved for the Grand Prize. Two (2) special — non-monetary — awards will be announced as well.

The competition categories for HIPA 2016 are as follows:

  • The Challenge – The scope is quite wide; the challenge could be shown in the composition of the picture, the arrangement of its elements, sequence, the lighting, or in expressing the odd and unusual (without digital manipulation).
  • Digital Manipulation – For out-of-this-world images that are both convincing and realistic; mind-blowing images from the realms of fantasy that challenge human perception with their apparent reality
  • Portfolio – The challenge here lies in imagining the desired setting of the photographs before capturing them in separate frames that would tell the story on their behalf.
  • General – This category remains as attractive as ever for photographers who have an outstanding eye for photography that doesn’t necessarily fall into any of the other categories.

All individuals worldwide, over the age of 18 are invited to participate.

The results, prizes and the winners will be announced in a public ceremony that will be held on March 2017.

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is an independent award established in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, in order to encourage and spread the culture of photography across the world.