Diversity has existed on earth since the beginning of time. It is one of the fundamentals of life that our ancestors have learnt and understood along with the wisdom behind it until it has become ingrained as intellect.
You may see diversity right in front of you, whether it be in an idea that inspires you or in a random and spontaneous visual comparison.
In all its vastness, the ‘Diversity’ category widens the doors of creativity allowing your photography to be filled with meaningful, empowering and expressive concepts.
This Twelfth Season also presents our photography community a special space for talented artists in the digital field to formulate digital creations, that convey the depths of their imagination, through the ‘Digital Art’ category.
For the seventh year in a row, the ‘Portfolio’ category continues to bring in great photographic works from photographers that have an awe-inspiring passion for visual story-telling.
Lastly, and definitely not least, the ‘General’ Category (Colour and Black & White) gives photographers the opportunity to soar to new heights of creativity without any restrictions in their path.
A global concept whose origins go back to the beginning of time; of which the meaning also changes constantly due to the fluctuations of time, place, events and circumstances.
Delving deeper into the essence of ‘Diversity’ tells us that it is a basis for coexistent thoughts, including the principle of tolerance, acceptance and the appreciation of differences to benefit all humanity.
The photo that perfectly captures the artistic aspect of ‘Diversity’ translates and evokes a response from the audience. It is one that brings to reality the wonders of the world we live in, highlighting how different yet similar we all are as we share a kindred purpose.
Can your (photographer’s) photo have that subtle yet impactful effect on the viewer? Your understanding of the sublime meanings and connotations of ‘Diversity’, which is the differences and pluralism, should be engrained! It is your arena for creativity.
Do you have a great photograph, but it does not convey all the messages that you want it to?
Do you feel that you are creative in the field of Fine Arts and are able to formulate digital formations that enhance the work that lives in your imagination?
Do you think enhancing your photograph digitally will take it to the next level? Then this is the category for you!
Our fourth and final category is Digital Art.
The Portfolio category returns once again to challenge you (photographer’s) to showcase your story-telling skills through a series of photographs.
A strong photographic story delves into the heart of a subject matter and tells the story from your (photographer’s) perspective.
A portfolio of photographs allows you to capture the hearts and minds of an audience in a way a single photograph cannot.
This category remains a favourite among photographers who have an outstanding eye for visual compositions that do not necessarily fall into any of the other categories.
Year after year, this category has gained quality and depth, not to mention numbers, with over a third of all entries registered in the competition.
We continue to offer participants two opportunities to participate in this category: Black and White - to give the deserved substance to this classic art form; and colour - giving participants the option to dazzle the jury and viewers with their vibrant compositions.
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.
Service to photography is not limited to taking stunning photographs, but extends to editors, publishers, bloggers, researchers, inventors, promoters and all print and digital content creators that have had a positive impact on the industry and helped shape it to what it is today.
This award is presented to an emerging person or organization that has shown outstanding work or vision in the photography industry on a regional, national or international level.
All winners of the Special Awards are to be exclusively selected by HIPA.
PHOTOGRAPHY APPRECIATION AWARD 20,000
THE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTENT CREATOR AWARD 15,000
EMERGING PERSON/ORGANIZATION IN PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 10,000
All the Prize money will be in US Dollars
Please read these rules (the Rules) before submitting your photo(s) to HIPA's Twelfth Season Competition ‘Diversity’ (the Competition). By participating in the Competition, you (You/ Your/ the Participant) understand, acknowledge and fully, irrevocably and unconditionally agree to abide and be bound by the following Rules:
No, you cannot participate with any photo(s) that has / have already won in HIPA or any past competitions.
You can submit photos through the official HIPA website www.hipa.ae
No, you cannot nominate others to take part on your behalf.
Please check your spam or Junk mail folders for any emails from HIPA, and make sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your e-mail safe list.
Submitted Photo(s) must be in JPEG format, with high quality and resolution, of a minimum 5 MB in size, the minimum of the longest edge should be no less than 2000 pixel and the quality no less than 300dpi, and be suitable for publication.
No, that is not allowed.
Yes, but it should not affect the authenticity of the photograph.
You may contact HIPA through email@example.com you encounter any issues with the uploading of photographs(s).
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Yes, that is possible except the Colour subcategory under the General Category.
Yes, there is no restriction on the date that submissions are taken on.
Yes, but deletion and / or replacement of photographs must take place no later than 3 days after the original upload.
Yes, a model release form will be required upon request from HIPA if you reach the final judging stage.
Yes, a brief description of minimum 30 words in length must be included with each photo in all categories. Except for the ‘Portfolio’ category you need to write a description for the entire portfolio
Yes, you are.
There are no fees whatsoever and the competition is completely free of cost.
After successfully uploading any photo(s), you will receive a confirmation email.
Yes, as long as you possess the copyright for the photograph, and did not win any moral or material prize.
The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is an international photography award established in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, in order to encourage and spread the culture of photography across the world.
The use of a photograph for the purpose of:
We encourage all individuals over the age of 18 from any part of the world to participate.
You may submit up to one (1) Photo in each relevant category of the Competition including the sub categories under the General category, except the portfolio category, where you must upload 5-10 photographs
Yes, that is possible.
Registration is available through the HIPA website; all rules must be read and accepted before registration.
You can participate with pictures taken with digital or analogue cameras, but submission must be done digitally online, so film photographs would have to be scanned by the participant before submission.
We accept photo descriptions in English or Arabic or both languages only.
Participants should upload their RAW or Camera original file(s) in any format when uploading their submissions, the HIPA system accepts up to 38 different RAW types.
All participants in the Special Awards are exclusively selected by HIPA.
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No, that is not allowed.
Yes, they are.
No, only participants who have their photograph(s) published in the annual book of the respective season will receive a copy of the annual book from HIPA's offices in Dubai, UAE.
There are 4 stages of judging at HIPA.
The identity of judges will remain anonymous until the completion of the current season.
Yes, judging is anonymous. Judges are not aware of participants’ names or details.
You will be notified via the e-mail address you provided during registration. If you are chosen as a finalist, then you will be asked to provide necessary documents to ensure that your personal details are correct.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try our best to assist you.
It means you may be a winner and that your photo may also be published in our annual book / website gallery according to the achieved score.
Yes, you will be notified.
Yes, you can, but HIPA still hold the right to use it as per the undertaking letter.
Yes, although winners will be asked to sign an undertaking letter that allows HIPA or any of its partners to use winning photos in our publications and all noncommercial purposes.
We have a system for judgment based on FOUR main stages.
Yes, you can see your submitted photograph(s) as soon as they are uploaded.
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You may edit or update all your details (except your name and email address) by logging on to your member page on the HIPA website.
Yes, you will be notified beforehand.