The love of one’s “homeland” still represents the most graceful images of human connection to the Earth. It portrays the intimate relationship between both; the value of each drop of sweat exerted by man to uphold the value of his homeland, uplifting it and contributing to its renaissance and freedom in order for it to take stature among nations. It is within this pivot we unleash the innovative talents to photograph what they believe to be worthy of representing the passion, convergence and solid relationship between a man and his land.

Choosing ‘The love of homeland’ as an essential pivot for the first round of ‘Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award’ reflects the desire of the Charge of the project, and most importantly the Patron of the Award and board of trustees, to root the love of homeland in the hearts and minds of its sons and daughters for what it represents; which is a complete materialisation of the human’s desire to transmit a true image of their homeland. This true image reflects its historical heritage, flourishing reality, and a future seen through the eyes of the captivator with the vision of transmitting this love in an image, which expresses from the heart their ultimate sentimental and emotional sense.


A popular genre of photography characterised by exploring, identifying and capturing the personality and emotion of people and creatures around them.

Portrait photography has catapulted the careers and subsequently worldwide fame of many iconic photographers and the faces they have photographed. The beauty of portrait photography lies in the ability of the photographer to decide how they want their audience to see and feel when they view their portraits.

This is the opportunity for you, as a photographer, to portray what is hidden behind the faces of people and creatures on this planet and convey the uniqueness through your lens.


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, the General category has gained quality and diversity, not to mention numbers, boasting over a third of entries registered in HIPA.

Participants have two opportunities to participate in this category; one for black and white, to give deserved substance to this classic art-form, and the other for colour, giving participants the option to dazzle the jury and viewers with their vibrant compositions.

Love Of the Earth

The Portfolio category returns challenging photographers to showcase their storytelling skills through a series of photographs.

A strong photographic story delves into the heart of a subject and leaves no margin for misinterpretation.

A portfolio of photographs allows photographers to capture the hearts and minds of audiences in a way which may not be possible through a single photograph.


  • Season Theme Nature will be the main theme of the season.
  • Grand Prize The Grand Prize (USD $120,000) will be chosen from any category available this season, and not only from the main theme.
  • Submission Deadline Last day of participation will be on 30th November 2021 at 11:59 pm (UAE local time)
  • Special Awards There are THREE Special Awards for the Eleventh Season and they are; ‘The Photography Appreciation Award’, ‘The Photography Content Creator Award’ and the ‘Emerging Person/Organization in Photography Award’.
  • Other categories Other categories are; General, Portfolio and Portrait
  • General category The General Category will have two sub categories: Colour and Black and White.
  • Black & White Participants are allowed to submit Black and White photographs in all categories except the ‘General - Colour’ sub category.
  • Photo Criteria 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 to be suitable for publication.
  • Raw Photo Raw Photo Participants are NOT requested to submit the raw/original camera files at the same time as submitting their photographs. But will be requested from them if they reach to the shortlisted participants.
  • Story Telling In the Portfolio category, participants are required to submit 5-10 photographs telling one story


The Photography Appreciation Award

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 Photography Content Creator Award

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.

Emerging Person/Organization in Photography Award

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.

GrandPrize 100000

Love Of the Earth

GrandTotal 212000


All the Prize money will be in US Dollars


This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Apple Inc. The participants understand that they are providing information to HIPA and not to Apple Inc. Any questions, comments, or complaints regarding the contest should be directed to HIPA and not to Apple Inc.

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