The Eighth Season ended with the winners giving a superior, positive, artistic extension to the theme ‘Hope’. This brings us to the launch of our Ninth Season for all photographers around the world under the theme ‘Water’, which is woven into the very fabric of human history since the beginning of time..

 is the synonym of life and has been at the heart of everything we do. Without water there is no life.

Last season, ‘Aerial Photography - Video’ category was a pleasant surprise for photographers that were eager to keep up with the latest trends and developments in the photographic industry. The winning works were hugely celebrated amongst the community. This season we are even closer to daily life with the inclusion of the ‘Mobile Photography’ category to give everyone the opportunity to compete and win in the Award.

For the fourth year in a row, the ‘Portfolio’ category returns. This category once again demonstrated its strength, with some of the most fascinating submissions in the previous edition of HIPA. Likewise, the ‘General’ category returns and is set to delve into the creative minds of photographers, affording them a full remit to express themselves through ‘Black and White’ or ‘Colour’ submissions



Water may be the oldest and the perfect companion of humankind. Not only is our bodies predominantly made of water, but water is a necessity within our daily lives. From nature to nurture to science and discovery; water is central to our universe.

Photography not only photographs the present, but in time creates a rich archive of the past and even inspires the imagination for the future. Water as a theme provides an endless and provocative subject that captures the photographer’s imagination and inspires an opportunity for photographic brilliance and storytelling.


What is most beautiful is to give the opportunity to compete and win for all people. Mobile photography has become a natural companion in our lives and has evolved over the years to provide a formidable tool that has captured our imagination.

This category keeps pace with the global trend and the millions of images that mobile phones take daily for sharing, recording, discovery and dozens of other purposes.


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.


This category remains a favourite among photographers who have an outstanding eye for photography which may not necessarily fall into any of the other categories on offer.

HIPA continues to offer participants two opportunities to participate in this category, instead of one. With one category open to black and white entries, a classic art form, and the other for coloured entries, giving participants the option to dazzle the jury with their vibrant compositions. For all the technical specifications for submissions and specific rules for this category


  • Season Theme Water will be the main theme of the season.
  • Grand Prize The Grand Prize (USD $120,000) will be chosen from any category this season.
  • Submission Deadline Last day of participation will be on 31 October 2019 at 11:59 pm (UAE local time)
  • Special Awards There are THREE Special Awards for the Ninth Season - ‘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 Mobile photography
  • 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 except the Mobile category where the photo must be no less than 2 MB and to be suitable for publication.
  • Raw Photo Participants are requested to submit the RAW/original camera files at the same time of submitting their photographs.
  • Story TellingIn the Portfolio category, participants are required to submit 5-10 photographs of the same subject matter as part of their submission.


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

1st 12,000
2nd 10,000
3rd 8,000
4th 6,000
5th 4,000
1st 20,000
2nd 16,000
3rd 12,000
4th 8,000
5th 4,000
1st 20,000
2nd 15,000
3rd 10,000
Black and White
1st 20,000
2nd 15,000
3rd 10,000
1st 24,000
2nd 21,000
3rd 19,000
4th 17,000
5th 14,000

GrandTotal 450000


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.