Global Village X HIPA Contest


To celebrate the 50th National Day of UAE, Global Village, in collaboration with the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award invites all professional and amateur photographers to take part in the latest photography competition that celebrates the multiculturalism of the UAE.

Global Village is the first family destination for multicultural entertainment, dining, shopping and attractions in the region and amongst the most visited worldwide. Since its inception, it has embodied different aspects of the world and created a smile on the faces of millions of guests every season. This unique and integrated open-air destination offers guests the largest and most varied range of events, shows and activities in the region. Global Village takes guests on a journey rich in culture, cuisine and awe-inspiring entertainment.

Participants should submit their photographs taken at Global Village based on the competition theme. The winning photos will receive cash prizes totaling AED 102,000 along with Global Village experience packs and wonder pass cards.

Winners will be announced on social media followed by a Prize Distribution Ceremony in January 2022. Winners and select finalists’ photos will be exhibited at Global Village thereafter.


  • Fifty Years of Togetherness


  • Global Village - Dubai

Deadline for participation is Thursday, 23rd December 2021


50 Years of Togetherness

A photography contest for the 50th National Day of UAE, celebrating the multiculturalism of the UAE.

Rules & Regulations


Please read these rules before submitting your photo(s) to the GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA Photography Competition.

By participating, you understand, acknowledge and fully, irrevocably and unconditionally agree to abide and be bound by the following rules:

  • 1. The competition is open for online submissions only through the registration page available on:
  • 2. Submissions will be accepted from 16:01 on 3rd November 2021 until 24:00 on 23rd December - UAE standard time (i.e. GMT +4). No submissions will be accepted after that time.
  • 3. Participants must be individuals aged 18 years and over, at the time of their submission.
  • 4. You hereby certify that you are eighteen (18) years old or older at the date of submitting your photo(s) to the competition. You further understand and agree that GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA reserve the right and will automatically and without further notice discard any photo(s) that are found to be submitted by a participant that is below eighteen (18) years old at the time of the submission.


  • 5. You may submit one (1) photo into the competition. You must provide a title and description for each photo submitted.
  • 6. Submitted photo must have an original file in JPEG format, with high quality and resolution, of a minimum 3 MB in size, the minimum of the longest edge should be no less than 2000 pixel and the quality no less than 300dpi to be suitable for printing.
  • 7. Submission(s) from mobile phones are allowed and not to be less than 3 MB in size and must be suitable for printing.
  • 8. You are kindly requested to upload the original photo(s) (RAW) or the photo(s) without any editing on the time of submitting the photo(s) to the competition.
  • 9. All submitted photo(s) must not contain any tag(s), signature(s), initial(s), frame, border(s), logo(s) or any other references and/or marks added by the participant.
  • 10. Basic technical editing of the photo(s) is acceptable, provided that any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the photo(s). Advanced editing used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations; including compositing and creative retouching of the photo(s) is prohibited.
  • 11. GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA preserve the right to assess and discard from the competition any submitted photo, contrary to the foregoing.
  • 12. Photos that portray or otherwise include inappropriate and/or offensive contents, including nudity, violence and/or any other contents deemed to be contrary to the UAE religious, cultural and/or public morals traditions and practices will be disqualified.
  • Global Village Media Permit Terms and Conditions
  • 13. It is required that no heavy equipment is brought in for taking photographs and only using the camera and its attachable flashes if needed. Small tripods are accepted not heavy ones. Also, no drones are allowed.
  • 14. Any photographer is required to obtain a media permit from Global Village before the day of the shoot. You can submit for this competition’s media permits via
  • 15. Photographer will not shoot guests in close proximity without obtaining their consent first.
  • 16. Photographer will not cover any inappropriate or sensitive topics while at Global Village including any political, security, religious, or economic related topics
  • 17. Photographer will respect the culture of UAE from all aspects and will act in a professional and respectful manner when dealing with Global Village staff members or guests.
  • 18. None of the photos captured at Global Village will be used for any commercial purposes without written approval from Global Village.
  • 19. Photographer will not publish any matters concerning COVID-19 without obtaining formal approval from Global Village Management in line with UAE regulations.
  • 20. Photographer will not share or photograph their media permit or any parts of it.
  • 21. Global Village has the right to cancel the media permit in case the photographer violates any of the above mentioned points without any compensation.


  • 22. The winner(s) will be contacted by HIPA and GLOBAL VILLAGE and must provide their bank account details and personal details within seven (7) days from request received. The cash money prize(s) will be paid to each winner within a period of two (2) months following the announcement of the competition's results.
  • 23. Merit Winners can redeem their vouchers at Guest Care Centre located at Gate of the World. Emirates ID will have to be presented
  • 24. GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA judging panel has the right, at its absolute discretion, to turn down or reject any photo(s) or submission(s) without having to give any notice or explanation to the relevant participant.
  • 25. Any federal, state/ provincial/ territorial, and/or local taxes, fees and surcharges and taxes (whether foreign or domestic, and including income tax) on any prize that may be awarded to you under the competition will be solely paid by you.
  • 26. The decision of GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA judging panel is final and binding on all participants in respect to all matters relating to the competition.


  • 27. Submitted photo(s) must be a single work of original material created and/or taken by you, must not contain any materials owned or controlled by a third party for which you have not obtained a license, permission or approval to use, must not infringe the copyright, trademark, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity.
  • 28. You must obtain, solely bear the cost for, and provide GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA within three (3) calendar days of any request to do so, with any or all of the following:
  • a) A signed written consent, release and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person(s) appearing in your submitted photo(s), clearly authorizing you to use their picture or likeness for submitting the photo(s) in the manner contemplated by the competition, and authorizing GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry(s) for all purposes, in any media now or hereafter known.
  • Please click here to download the draft of the Model Release Form;
  • b) A signed written license from the copyright owner of any sculpture, artwork, or other copyrighted material that appears in your submitted photo(s), authorizing GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the relevant entry(s) for all purposes, in any media now or hereafter known;
  • c) A signed written license from the owner of any private property included in your submitted Photo(s), authorizing GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the relevant entry(s) for all purposes, in any media now or hereafter known; and
  • d) A signed written license or release letter from a person who has the right or is able to assert any right over the photo(s) (e.g. employer, agency, etc.) authorizing GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the relevant entry(s) for all purposes, in any media now or hereafter known; and
  • click here to download the model of the Release form.
  • e) Upon reaching the final stage of judging of the competition (in any category), you grant to GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA, a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty free, sub-licensable right and license to use, publish, reproduce, display, perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works, distribute, have distributed, promote your winning photo(s), in whole or in part, in any form, in all media forms now or hereafter known, anywhere in the world and for any purpose, including but not limited to: display at a potential exhibition of winners, printed and/or online highlighting entries or winners of the competition, and promoting the work of GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA generally.


  • 29. You hereby hold harmless, release, indemnify and discharge GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers and representatives from all liability, claims, judgments, demands, controversies, agreements, damages, actions and causes of action whatsoever, arising out of or related in any way to the photo(s), the competition or the conduct of the competition and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded, whether in law or in equity, no matter what the cause or nature, and you further waive any claims that you may state or assert against GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA in association with the competition or any of its associated activities, or in any way related to or resulting from the photo(s), competition even if such injury or claims results from or is caused by the negligence or gross negligence of GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA, in whole or in part. You further agree to indemnify and hold harmless GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA from any claim arising out of your participation in the competition including, without limitation, all claims brought or asserted by any third party as a result of any injury or loss that you or they may sustain in any way associated with your participation in the competition.
  • 30. If GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA, at its sole discretion, is of the opinion that you have breached any of the rules, we have the right to disqualify you from the competition, and in such circumstances you must re-pay to GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA all costs undertaken in relation to your submission(s) and participation in the competition, including but not limited to (if and to the extent applicable) any travel costs incurred, and re-pay the competition prize money and return any trophies or certificates at your own cost.
  • 31. Under no circumstance will GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA be liable for any:
  • a) lost, late, misdirected, stolen, illegible or incomplete submissions;
  • b) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, submitted photo(s);
  • c) problems, failures or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, email, players or browsers, on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet, at any website, or on account of any combination of the foregoing;
  • d) incorrect or inaccurate information, caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the competition or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of the photo(s) and/or the submissions; and/or
  • e) injury or damage to any participant or to any computer related to, resulting from or in connection with the competition.
  • 32. If, for any reason, the competition is not capable of being conducted as anticipated, due to computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the competition, we reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition as deemed appropriate, disqualify any participant, and/or select winners from all eligible photo(s) submitted prior to the termination, cancellation, modification or suspension. GLOBAL VILLAGE x HIPA reserves the right to correct any typo-graphical, printing, computer programming or operating errors at any time.


  • 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 (as established by Law No. (3) of 1992 and Law No. (13) of 2016).

Prize Money

Position Prize Money
1st AED 50,000.00
2nd AED 26,000.00 + Global Village Experience Pack (includes 10 Global Village entry tickets and Wonder Pass Cards worth AED 500)
3rd AED 26,000

Winning photos and finalists will be featured on GLOBAL VILLAGE and HIPA’s website in an online gallery and select few in a printed gallery at GLOBAL VILLAGE

10 x merit winners will receive Global Village Experience Packs (includes 4 Entry Tickets and Wonder Pass Cards worth AED 200.