Life on our planet now… is not the same as when we launched the Ninth Season of our competition!
New developments and changes, spreading across all continents of the world, are forcing us to reconsider our way of thinking and our behavior. Throughout this time, humanity has emerged as the ever sustainable security blanket comforting us all; capable of inspiring positive and tangible changes.
To transform the word ‘Humanity’ from letters on a page or a word that is uttered and let it come to life through the lens of a camera brings to the surface a myriad of emotions for a photographer; challenging them to embrace and inspire through their creative eye for our Tenth Season of competition.
In addition, this season offers the photography community the creative space to combine their artistry and talent in grasping the multi-layered aesthetics of our newest category titled ‘Architectural Photography’; both modern and ancient architectural icons. This is the chance for photographers to capture the splendor of the interiors and exteriors of architecture from their own perspective.
Returning for another season will be the ‘Portfolio’ category. This category once again demonstrates its strength with some of the most fascinating submissions throughout the years of competition. Similarly, the ‘General’ category is back and is set to delve into the creative minds of photographers, allowing them to express themselves through black and white or coloured submissions.
One of the most important subjects that is closely observed within the photography world is ‘Humanity’ - a message that loyally binds the people of this planet together.
Photographing the human race has both a profound and powerful impact in inspiring change such as saving millions of lives from diseases, epidemics and disasters as well as wars and its devastating effects.
A photograph details everything. It has the ability to disturb as well as convey its content to audiences around the world in order to connect to their humanity and awareness.
Can a photo impact society? Are you moved when the depth of humanity touches you and reaches her arms around the globe?
We invite you to share the human spirit through photography, and inspire the world with your story of humanity.
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 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 visual compositions that do not necessarily fall into any of the other categories.
Year after year, this category has gained quality and diversity, not to mention numbers, with over a third all entries registered in HIPA.
HIPA continues to offer participants two opportunities to participate in this category; one for black and white entries, to give deserved substance to this classic art-form, and the other for colour entries, giving participants the option to dazzle the jury and viewers with their vibrant compositions.
This field of photography is distinguished by a special aesthetic that contributes to its increasing spread and expansion internationally. This art has a direct cosmetic influence on the subjects of photography, as it highlights the evidence of visual gravity hidden in angles that are difficult for the public to notice or capture, it translates the depth of visual manipulation and the harmony of color and concept, and it discusses harmony and contrast in the mosaic of architecture and its various schools.
We launch this category to open the horizons of creativity for those with talent and experience in grasping the aesthetics of engineering details through their lenses, and showing the splendour of interior or exterior architecture with their own perspectives.
We offer you a special opportunity to translate the relationship between the genius of the lens and the uniqueness of architecture.
For all the technical specifications for submissions and specific rules for any category – Click HERE
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.
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.
This award is presented to an emerging person or organisation 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 exclusively selected by HIPA.
Grand Prize $120,000
Portfolio (Story Telling)
Please read these rules (the Rules) before submitting your photo(s) (the Photo(s)) to HIPA's Tenth season's Competition ‘Humanity’ (the Competition). By participating in the Competition, you (You/ Your / the Participant) understand, acknowledge and fully, irrevocably and unconditionally agree to abide and be bound by the following Rules:
What is new this season?
What is HIPA?
The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is an international photography award established in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, in order to encourage and spread the culture of photography across the world.
Who can participate in the competition?
We encourage all individuals over the age of 18 from any part of the world to participate.
Can I participate in the Special Awards (Photography Appreciation Award / The Photography Content Creator Award / Emerging Person / Organization in Photography Award)?
All participants in the Special Awards are exclusively selected by HIPA.
I am a previous winner with HIPA, am I eligible to participate in the current season of competition?
Yes, you are.
Can I nominate someone on behalf of me for the competition?
No, you cannot nominate others to take part on your behalf.
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 award?
Please click here for all categories
How many pictures can I submit?
You may submit up to one (1) Photo in each relevant category of the Competition including the sub categories under the General category, except the Portfolio category where you can submit between 5 – 10 Photo(s).
How do I submit photos for the competition?
You can submit photos through the official HIPA website www.hipa.ae
How can I register for the competition?
Registration is available through the HIPA website; all rules 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?
Click the following link to view all the prizes.
Can I participate with a photo that has previously won a HIPA award or any other photography competition?
No, you cannot participate with any photo(s) that has / have already won in HIPA or any past competitions.
Can I participate with a photo that was submitted into another photography competition but did not win?
Yes, as long as you possess the copyright for the photograph, and did not win any moral or material prize.
Can I participate with a photo that has already been used for commercial purposes?
No, that is not allowed.
What is meant by “commercial purposes”?
The use of a photograph for the purpose of: Sale or resale or for the purpose of producing a document containing all or part of the copy, printout or photograph for sale.
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?
You can participate with pictures taken with digital or analogue cameras, but submission must be done digitally online, so film photographs would have to be scanned by the participant before submission.
Do I have to write a description for the photo(s) / Portfolio I submit?
Yes, a brief description of minimum 30 words in length must be included with each photo in all categories. Except for the ‘Portfolio’ category you need to write a description for the entire portfolio
Which language can I submit my photo descriptions in?
We accept photo descriptions in English or Arabic or both languages only.
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)?
You may contact HIPA through email@example.com if you encounter any issues with the uploading of photographs(s).
Do I need to send the photograph in RAW format?
Participants should upload their RAW or Camera original file(s) in any format when uploading their submissions, the HIPA system accepts up to 38 different RAW types.
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 authenticity of the photograph.
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 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 be suitable for publication.
Are panoramic photograph(s) accepted?
Yes, they are.
Can I submit photograph(s) that have been taken before 2020?
Yes, there is no restriction on the date that submissions are taken on.
Can I submit black and white photograph(s) in all the categories?
Yes, that is possible except the Colour subcategory under the General Category.
Can I upload the same photograph in more than one category?
No, that is not allowed.
Do I need a model release form for portrait photo(s)?
Yes, a model release form will be required upon request from HIPA if you reach the final judging stage.
Is contemporary or conceptual photography allowed in the competition?
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 name and 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 http://members.hipa.ae/ForgotPassword
Will I be notified if my photo is chosen for the online galleries and the e-book?
Yes, you will be notified beforehand.
How many judging stages are there in HIPA?
There are 4 stages of judging at HIPA.
Who are the judges for the current season?
The identity of judges will remain anonymous until the completion of the current season.
What is the judging system?
We have a system for judgment based on FOUR main stages.
The process begins with screening (filtration) of received photographs. In this stage, judges check all submitted photographs and check their compatibility with our rules and regulations. (Photographs here are marked either as qualified or not qualified).
Qualified photographs then move on to the first stage of actual judging by a group of judges (there are usually three groups of three judges) and the judges here give a score for the photographs between 1 and 100. Each judging group handles a specific category and in turn judge on selected photographs.
A percentage of the photographs (percentage differs according to total number of photographs) will be qualified to the third judging level where all the judges (usually 9) give another score between 1 and 100.
The HIPA team will also begin the verification process of participants within a certain time-frame. This will include request of legal documents such as model release forms and ownership statements in addition to copies of identification cards and / or passport copies, in addition to verifying all terms and conditions, and the result of this stage determines the winners in each category.
Is the judging anonymous?
Yes, judging is anonymous. Judges are not aware of participants’ names or details.
How will I be notified if I win in the competition?
You will be notified via the e-mail address you provided during registration. If you are chosen as a finalist, then you will be asked to provide necessary documents to ensure that your personal details are correct.
What does it mean when I receive an email informing me that I am a finalist?
It means you may be a winner and that your photo may also be published in our annual book / website gallery according to the achieved score.
Will I be notified if my photo is chosen for the online galleries and the e-book?
Yes, you will be notified.
Once I am a member of HIPA, will I receive a copy of the annual book every year?
No, only participants who have their photograph(s) published in the annual book of the respective season will receive a copy of the annual book from HIPA's offices in Dubai, UAE.
If I was not a finalist, will my photos be used by HIPA?
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 or any of its partners to use winning photos in our publications and all noncommercial purposes.
Can I sell my winning photo(s)?
Yes you can, but HIPA 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.
American award-winning photographer and a co-founder and director of the VII Photo Agency, Gary Knight is also the co-director of the VII Foundation and director and founder of the VII Academy.
Gary is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frontline Club, London; co-founder of The GroundTruth Project, Boston; founding director of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University; twice chair and president of the World Press Photo Award; was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2009; and a Logan Non Fiction Fellow at the Carey Institute in 2017.
He was a contract photographer for Newsweek in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Gary has worked as a photographer all over the world since the late 1980’s, early in his career in conflict photography, and more recently with an increased focus on anthropology and socioeconomics.
A South African photographer, Senior Correspondent for Getty Images and a Fellow at the National Geographic Society, Brent Stirton specializes in documentary and investigative photojournalism.
Since 2007, he has focused most of his attention on man’s connection with the environment.
His works are regularly published by: National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, The UK Sunday Times Magazine and many other respected international titles.
In 2016, Brent won the National Geographic Magazine Photographer’s Photographer Award.
His accolades include 12 awards from World Press Photo, 13 awards from The Pictures of the Year International, winner of the Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year three years in a row by the Natural History Museum of the UK and multiple Lucie Awards including International Photographer of the Year.
Brent placed second in HIPA’s Fifth Season Awards, ‘Happiness’.
He has worked on Emmy and Bafta Award winning documentaries and received a Peabody Award for his work with Human Rights Watch.
Brent remains committed to issues of sustainability, health and the environment; working with conservation groups around the world, spending years in the field in the course of documenting their work. He feels that the work these people are doing is vital and under-recognized. He aims to shine a light on these individuals and their preservation of world heritage on behalf of all of us.
A Saudi artist, photographer and academic trainer from Jeddah, with a BA in Art Education. Her studies in Arts had a role in rooting her artistic personality; and since 2005 photography became the title of her passion. Hanaa believes that modern and old buildings tell beautiful stories, so her passion is based on architectural photography, cities and nature; which has allowed her to her travel constantly to see architectural models around the world.
Hanaa is a representative of Nikon School in the Middle East since 2020, holder of PSA GOLD from NBPC International Photo Salon and a certified trainer of photography. She has hosted numerous lectures and workshops around the GCC countries.
Her works have been published in La PEDRERA, a British book on architecture around the world. Masterclass Magazine has published her works several times, and some of her works have been included in the first edition of the e-book, Wephoto Through the Eyes of Women.
Hanaa participated in many exhibitions in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Italy, Tajikistan, Morocco, and Pakistan, as well as the Cairo Opera House Art Exhibition 2017.
Catalin Marin is an architectural, interior and lifestyle photographer based in Dubai for the past 15 years. He has been living in the Middle East for 20 years and has traveled extensively to over 85 countries.
His background in design has given him a unique perspective and an eye for detail which has allowed him to work with top tier clients across the region, providing creative imagery for clients like Emirates Airlines, Marriott, Samsung, Virgin Australia and many others.
His works have been featured by Nikon, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet Middle East, Time Out, Mondo*ARC and Geo Magazine.
Since 2007, he runs a popular travel photography blog at www.momentaryawe.com/blog, with over 1250 articles published so far, attracting more than a million visitors since its inception.
French photographer, Eric Bouvet began his photographic career in 1981 after studying art and graphic industries in Paris.
His interest in photography was sparked when, at the age of 8, he watched the first live television images of the Apollo 11 mission landing on the moon. It was then that he realized the importance of news and historic moments, not to mention capturing them on film.
Bouvet worked as a staff photographer at the French photo agency Gamma during the 1980s and launched his freelance career in 1990. He first won international recognition with his 1986 pictures of the rescue efforts in the aftermath of a volcano eruption in Omeyra, Colombia. Since then, Bouvet has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Chechnya, Sudan, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Israel, Northern Ireland, Kurdistan, Surinam, Burundi, Libya, and Ukraine.
He has covered major international events including the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, Tiananmen Square in China, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Prague’s Velvet Revolution, the U.S. attack on Libya, the release of Nelson Mandela, the Olympic Games, and the migrant crisis in Europe.
He has also worked on many ‘society’ stories including life in Russian jails, young sailors on aircraft carriers, French police working in the Paris suburbs, France’s last coal miners, and life at a pediatric clinic for children with cancer.
Since 2011, he has worked on documentaries projects with large format camera, 4x5 and 8X10; and most recently ‘L’Oise et le coronavirus’, ‘Paris in quarantine, at the time of the coronavirus’ and a three-year long project, ’The French’.
His work has been published in many international magazines including Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris-Match, Stern, The New York Time's Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. He has also led photographic campaigns of United Nations, various NGOs and charities including Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), International Red Cross (ICRC), Medecins du Monde (MDM), and Action Against Hunger (ACF).
For the past 20 years, he has given workshops in Arles and many European countries.
Along the way, Bouvet has received five World Press Awards, as well as two Visa d’Or Awards (Perpignan Photo Festival), the gold medal for the 150th anniversary of photography, the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, the Public Award from Bayeux-Calvados, the Front Line Club Award, the Paris-Match Award, and the ‘2020 Photographer of the Year Award by Polka.
Bosnian photographer, Ziyah Gafic is an award-winning photojournalist and videographer based in Sarajevo focusing on societies locked in a perpetual cycle of violence and Muslim communities around the world - covering major stories in over 50 countries.
Ziyah’s works have received many prestigious awards including multiple awards at World Press Photo, Grand Prix Discovery of the Year at Les Rencontres d’Arles, Hasselblad Masters Award, City of Perpignan Award for Young Reporters at Visa pour l’Image, Photo District News, Getty Images grant for editorial photography, TED fellowship, Prince Claus grant, and Magnum Emergency fund grant.
His work is regularly published in leading international publications. Ziyah authored several monographs including ‘Troubled Islam – short stories from troubled societies’, ‘Quest for Identity’ and the most recent ‘Heartland’.
Dr. Juliana Ribeiro has just taken off her protective gear for lunch, after 8 hours of continuous work in the Covid-19 emergency room. Clear signs of prolonged and repeated use of this type of equipment appear on her face. Her features reflect great effort and extreme fatigue due to the human commitment to her moral duty.
What grabs you is the hint of sadness in her face as she feels the pain for humanity, as deaths in Brazil exceeded half a million people due to the pandemic. This photo was taken at the University Hospital Clementino Fraga Velho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Hugs to Survive
85 year old Rosa Luzia Lonardi is hugged by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza; the first hug Rosa has received in five months. In March 2020, nursing homes across Brazil closed their doors to all visitors, preventing millions from visiting elderly relatives, as authorities instructed to reduce physical contact to a minimum. But in Viva Beam, an old house outside São Paulo, a new simple innovation called the 'hug curtain' was allowed where people could see and hug their loved ones without risking their lives.
For those without visitors, volunteers and staff provided that humanitarian support. As they say at Viva Beam, "Everyone deserves a good hug".
During the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the world's population experienced the pain of being away from their loved ones. However, the extent of the psychological impact inflicted on healthcare workers was more profound.
Not only are they exposed to the front line experiencing first hand the devesation of the pandemic, and exposed to the danger of the virus, but they are unable to go home and be reunited with their loved ones; especially their children! It is a story that touches the hearts of hearts and expresses with great eloquence 'humanity'.
August 6, 2020 - the port. In the aftermath of the Beirut explosion, an injured truck driver stands inside the port, at the same location where he was at the moment of the explosion two days ago.
Despite the massive destruction and the large number of dead and wounded, this driver was lucky enough to live and witness another day.
Architectural Photography Category
General - Colour Category
General - Black & White Category
The Social Distance
A concert before the COVID19 pandemic. A famous Italian poet, Giuseppe Ungaretti, said that poetry contains itself a mystery, poetry cannot be called poetry if it does not communicate this sense of mystery. For me, photography, as for other forms of art, is above all this.
Therefore, describing a mystery is not possible. The photographer, however, wants to share their emotions through an image, hoping that it can arouse the same feeling in others.
Above The Polar Regions
The Arctic and Antarctica are both facing a range of quick changes. These regions are clearly challenging places to live, and the few animals that make it their home have adapted to face the extreme winter conditions.
This series reveals and celebrates from an aerial point of view, the beauty of the incredible frozen landscapes and the wildlife living at the edge of the ice. Powerful yet fragile.
Trashumance is to be in continuous movement. A thousand-year-old practice, a type of pastoralism or nomadism, a seasonal movement of livestock between fixed Summer and Winter pastures.
This portfolio provides a visual narrative to the transhumant livestock that is practiced in the province of Jaén Spain. It is one of the last redoubts of the Iberian Peninsula where transhumance still exists, but with the sensation of witnessing the disappearance of a way of life.
A Covid-19 Narrative
Since the Second World War, we have not encountered such horrific events as the ones we are experiencing now. It is as if we have become characters in a science fiction film. Countries have closed their borders, the economy is hit hard, and people are confined to their homes.
However, the greatest impact was felt in the hospitals. Like any photographer, I am compelled to capture such moments regardless of the circumstances and risks. I am married and have two children so it was not an easy decision to enter a COVID19 intensive care unit, but I knew even though I couldn't change history I could record it.
I spent 29 days in intensive care, and experienced not only difficult moments but heart-felt moments. I wanted to also make sure to capture the aesthetics in documentary photography, albeit difficult. The way to do that is to be invisible and not in rush. That's what I saw.
Pareidolia is the tendency for incorrect perception of a stimulus as an object, pattern or meaning known to the observer, such as seeing shapes in clouds, seeing faces in inanimate objects or abstract patterns. The shown collection attempts to find faces with unique characteristics under the microscope & within a tiny area that barely can be seen.
The Strength Of The Artsakh
Over the centuries, the cycle of bloodshed and displacement was repeated in the hills and forests of Nagorno-Karabakh. A sustainable peace remains elusive.
The bitter rivalry between the two countries continues with the memories of the Azerbaijani soldiers who remember since childhood the days when the Armenians expelled them from their homes, and in the hearts of the Armenian children who may now dream of what the Azerbaijani fighters dreamed of thirty years ago.