As HIPA’s Seventh Season of competition dawns on photographers from all around the world, various surprises await them in the conquest for photographic success.

After six seasons of competition, and over a quarter of a million visual photographic masterpieces, HIPA has once again set out to inspire photographers from all walks of life to attain greatness through forward thinking and creativity. We request that photographers, for a short while, forget the past and ignore the future to be fully immersed in ‘The Moment’. Photographers must delve deep into the madness and spontaneity of the present when capturing their photographs for HIPA’s Seventh Season main category.

The biggest surprise of this season is the launch of video submissions for the Seventh Season of competition. The new ‘Time-lapse’ category, introduces an exciting phase in the competition which targets a new segment of the creative community.

For a second season in succession, the ‘Portfolio’ category returns, having attracted a total of 33,950 photographs in its inaugural edition. Likewise, the ‘General’ category will once again delve into the creative minds of photographers, affording them a full remit to express themselves through black and white or coloured submissions.

PORTFOLIO (STORY-TELLING)

The Portfolio category returns to afford photographers the chance to showcase their storytelling skills through a series of photographs. A strong photographic story delves into the heart of a subject matter 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.


THE MOMENT

The moment is that split second occurrence that could happen in the blink of an eye and yet have a profound visual effect if captured properly. Such instances often have the magical ability to alter a person’s life and his or her surroundings forever.

Life is a collection of moments that shape our destiny. For photographers, a destiny defining moment is the junction where the time and place of a photograph meet to form a visual masterpiece.

Make your submission an unforgettable moment that can alter reality, or possibly even change history. Share your breath-taking moments of photography with us this season.


GENERAL

This category remains a favourite among photographers who have an outstanding eye for photography that doesn’t necessarily fall into any of the other categories on offer. Year after year, this category has gained quality and diversity, with a constant share of about a third of all entries registered in HIPA.

HIPA continues to offer participants two opportunities to participate in this category instead of one by once again dividing it the category into two sub-categories: one for black and white entries, to give deserved substance to this classic art form, and the other for coloured entries, giving participants the option to dazzle the jury and viewers with their vibrant compositions.


TIME-LAPSE (VIDEO)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is limitless.

The visual industry is witnessing a rapid shift towards the strengthening of visual material through video, which can bring added meaning to a scene.

By launching this new and unique category, HIPA invites a new sector of talented artists to participate in the competition.

This category will accept submissions that fit the criteria of a ‘Time-lapse’ video while the subject matter of submissions is open. Submissions can be a combination of static, motion control, hyper-lapse, drone-lapse or simply a single video. Submissions should not include any form of visual (VFX) or CGI effects.

To ensure the authenticity of submissions, RAW samples from each sequence will be requested from entrants. Entrants must have and own all the necessary and appropriate intellectual property rights for all the footage, sound track(s) and/or music within the submission.

For all the technical specifications for submissions and specific rules for this category


WHAT’S NEW

  • Season Theme The Moment 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 31st of October 2017 at 11:59 pm (UAE local time)
  • Special Awards There are now THREE Special Awards for the Seventh Season and they are; ‘The Photography Appreciation Award’, ‘The Photography Content Creator Award’ and the ‘Emerging Person/Organisation in Photography Award’.
  • Other categories Other categories in the Seventh Season are: General, Time-lapse (Video) and Portfolio.
  • 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.
  • Raw Photo Participants are requested to submit the RAW/original camera files at the time of uploading their photographs.
  • Time-lapse Category There are various technical specifications related to the ‘Time-lapse’ category that must be met for submissions to be accepted. For all technical specifications for submissions and specific rules for this category
    Finalists in the ‘Time-lapse’ category will be required to provide sample photographs/video material to prove the authenticity of their submissions. Some form of editing and digital manipulation in submissions is permitted but this must be kept to a minimum and not affect the authenticity of the photograph.
  • Story TellingIn the Portfolio category, participants are required to submit 5-10 photographs of the same subject matter as part of their submission.

Special Awards

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 120000

Grand
GENERAL
Black and White
1st 15,000
2nd 12,000
3rd 10,000
Colour
1st 15,000
2nd 12,000
3rd 10,000
THE MOMENT
1st 25,000
2nd 20,000
3rd 15,000
4th 12,000
5th 10,000
TIME-LAPSE (VIDEO)
1st 15,000
2nd 12,000
3rd 10,000
4th 8,000
5th 6,000
PORTFOLIO (STORY-TELLING)
1st 15,000
2nd 12,000
3rd 10,000
4th 8,000
5th 6,000

GrandTotal 423000

Grand

All the Prize money will be in US Dollars

Rules

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.