Expo 2020 Dubai has joined with the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) to launch an exciting new photography competition for young people across the GCC, aged 16-25. The competition will run until 30 September 2016, with the winners announced at the 2016 edition of YouthConnect, to be held in Dubai during November.
There are three categories, each matching a subtheme of Expo 2020, which bears the overall theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’:
Opportunity is about unlocking the potential within individuals and communities to shape their future.
Mobility examines the creation of smarter and more productive movements of people, goods and ideas, and
Sustainability , which looks at ways that we can best utilise and live in balance with our world.
Entries will be assessed on both technical skill and relevance to the subthemes by a jury comprising both HIPA and Expo 2020 representatives. Ten entries from each category will be shortlisted and showcased across the two days of YouthConnect. The winning entry from each category will then be revealed at an awards ceremony. Winners will each receive a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera, as well as a place at a two-day HIPA practical workshop. The competition will also include the People’s Choice Award, with members of the public invited to vote online for their favourite entry.
The theme for Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ – a reflection of our belief that innovation and progress are the result of people and ideas combining in novel ways.
The subthemes of the Expo – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – are three driving forces that embody our dreams and challenges and will shape the world of today and tomorrow.
Is about unlocking the potential within individuals and communities to shape the future.
Creating opportunity for the growing global population is one of the key challenges of our times. That’s why the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals have placed a focus on equitable and high quality education, inclusive growth, the reduction of inequality and good governance across the world.
Topics include: New industries, employment, education, financial capital, governance
Examines the creation of smarter and more productive movement of people, goods and ideas.
Mobility spans every delivery mechanism from physical logistics and transport, the built environment and supporting infrastructure to virtual communications and visionary innovations.
Every week more than one million people move into towns and cities – increasing our potential to connect more productively. The way in which we move within those urban areas is changing as existing technology like video conferencing matures, and new technologies like driverless cars emerge.
Topics include: Logistics, transportation, personal mobility, travel and exploration, digital connectivity
Looks at ways that we can respect and live in balance with the world we inhabit.
The growing human population places an increased burden on our planet.
Around the world, researchers are exploring alternative sources of clean and renewable energy, water conservation, saltwater-based agriculture, biodiversity sanctuaries and expanding frameworks for the transition to a low-carbon economy, as well as stimulating the development of human capital in science, technology, engineering and related disciplines.
Topics include: Natural ecosystems and biodiversity, sustainable cities and built habitats, resources, climate change, green growth
One prize will be awarded for each category - "OPPORTUNITY" , "MOBILITY" & "SUSTAINABILITY" . The Prize is as follows :
Please read the rules and regulations before submitting your photo(s) [the Photo(s)] to Expo 2020 YouthConnect 2016 Photography Competition (the Competition).
By participating in the Competition, you (the Participant / photographer) understand, acknowledge and fully, irrevocably and unconditionally agree to abide and be bound by the following Rules:
The Competition, Your Submission(s) and the Rules shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Emirate of Dubai and the applicable federal laws of the United Arab Emirates, and any aspects or disputes arising out of or in connection with the Competition and/or Your Submission(s) will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Dubai courts.
What is Expo 2020 YouthConnect?
Taking place in November, YouthConnect 2016 will be a two day festival for more than 1,000 young people from across the GCC aged 16-25, featuring hands-on workshops, inspirational speeches and engaging discussion corners, as well as entertainment and opportunities for networking.
What is HIPA?
The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is an independent award established in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in order to encourage and spread the culture of photography across the world. HIPA will host the Expo 2020 YouthConnect competition through their official website which will include all the necessary rules and regulations and also contribute in presenting the prizes to the winners of the competition.
Who can participate in the competition?
We encourage all individuals resident in the GCC between the ages of 16 – 25 to participate.
What are the fees involved in the competition?
There are no fees whatsoever and the competition is completely free of cost.
What are the categories of the competition?
Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
How many pictures can be submitted in each category?
You can submit up to three photographs per category.
How do I submit photos for the competition?
All entries must be submitted through the official HIPA website.
For Arabic: http://www.hipa.ae/ar/expo2020-youth-connect-2016/introduction
For English: http://www.hipa.ae/en/expo2020-youth-connect-2016/introduction
How can I register for the competition?
Registration is available through the HIPA website; all Rules and Regulations must be read and accepted before registration.
How do I know that my photos have been submitted successfully?
After successfully uploading any photo(s), you will receive a confirmation email.
I have not received a confirmation e-mail, why is that?
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.
What are the prizes?
Professional Cameras and some training packages, please visit the following link: http://www.hipa.ae/en/expo2020-youth-connect-2016/prizes
Can I participate with a photo that has previously won a HIPA award/competition?
Yes, you can participate with any photo(s) that has already won in past competitions.
Can I participate with a photo that was submitted into another photography competition but did not win?
Yes, as long as you own the copyright of the photograph.
Can I participate with a photo that has already been used for commercial purposes?
No, that is not permissible.
Can I participate with a photograph that has been shared on a social media channel such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.?
Yes, that is possible.
Do I have to submit photos taken with a digital camera?
Entries can be taken with digital or analogue cameras or mobile phones, but submission must be done digitally online.
Can I delete or replace photos that have already been uploaded?
Yes, but deletion and/or replacement of photographs must take place no later than 3 days after the original upload.
What should I do if I am unable to upload my photo(s)?
Submitted Photo(s) must be in JPEG format, with high quality and resolution, of a minimum 2 MB in size. For technical support please contact email@example.com
Can I use Photoshop or any other photo-editing software to edit my photo(s)? And what are the limits?
Yes, but it should not affect the authentication of the photo.
Are there any specific requirements for photograph(s) resolution and dimensions?
Submitted Photo(s) must be in JPEG format, with high quality and resolution, of a minimum 2 MB in size.
Are panoramic photograph(s) accepted?
Yes, they are.
Can I submit black and white photograph(s) in all the categories?
Yes, that is possible.
Can I upload the same photograph in more than one category?
No, that is not allowed.
What is the best internet browser to use for registration and the uploading of photo(s)?
We recommend the use of Google Chrome.
How do I change or update my contact details on the HIPA website?
You may edit or update all your details (except your email address) by logging on to your member page on the HIPA website.
Can I see my submitted images on the website?
Yes, you can see your submitted photograph(s) as soon as they are uploaded.
What can be done if I forget my username and password?
To reset your password, Click on this link https://members.hipa.ae/ForgotPassword
Will the judging be carried out without any knowledge of the names and details of participants?
Yes, judging will be carried out without any prior knowledge of participants’ names or details.
How will I be notified if I’ve won the competition?
If your photo is shortlisted, you will be contacted via the e-mail address you provided during registration.
If one of my photos wins with HIPA, can I use it to participate in other competitions?
Yes, although winners will be asked to sign an undertaking letter that allows HIPA and Expo 2020 to use winning photos in our publications and all noncommercial purposes. Rules and regulations of other competitions should also be taken into consideration in this case.
Can I sell my winning photo(s)?
Yes you can, but HIPA and Expo 2020 still hold the right to use it as per the undertaking letter.
If I have any more questions that the FAQs don’t answer, who can I contact?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try our best to assist you.
Can I submit an image taken outside the UAE and GCC?
Yes, photos can be taken all over the world as long as they are relevant to at least one of the subthemes.
Can a person affiliated with Expo 2020 Dubai or HIPA participate in the competition? (This is related to the partners, agencies and groups who already work with Expo and HIPA)
No, this is not permissible.
How will you choose the winner? Will there be a jury? If so, who are the members of the jury?
Entries will be judged on their technical expertise and relevance to the subthemes by a jury comprising of 2 HIPA representatives and an Expo 2020 representative.
How and when will you announce the winners?
The winning entry from each category (3 winners in total) will be revealed at an awards ceremony held at YouthConnect 2016.