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.

What's New

  • Humanity will be the main theme of this season.
  • The Grand Prize (USD $120,000) will be chosen from any category available this season, and not only from the main theme.
  • Last day of participation will be on 30 November 2020 at 11:59 pm (UAE local time)
  • There are THREE Special Awards for the eighth Season and they are; ‘The Photography Appreciation Award’, ‘The Photography Content Creator Award’ and the ‘Emerging Person/Organization in Photography Award’.
  • Other categories are; General, Portfolio and the Architectural).
  • The General Category will have two sub categories “Colour” and “ Black and White”
  • Participants are allowed to submit a Black and White Photograph in all categories except the ‘General – Color’ sub category.
  • 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 to be suitable for publication
  • Participants are requested to submit the raw/original camera files at the same time of submitting their photographs
  • In the Portfolio category, participants are required to submit 5-10 photographs telling one story




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.

PORTFOLIO (Story-telling)

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.

Architectural Photography

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

Special Awards


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.

Prize Money

Grand Prize $120,000


Position Prize Money
1st $20,000
2nd $18,000
3rd $16,000
 4th $10,000 
 5th $6,000  

Portfolio (Story Telling)

Position Prize Money
1st $25,000
2nd $22,000
3rd $20,000
 4th $18,000 
 5th $15,000 


Black & White
Position Prize Money
1st $15,000
2nd $10,000
3rd $5,000
Position Prize Money
1st $15,000
2nd $10,000
3rd $5,000


Position Prize Money
1st $15,000
2nd $13,000
3rd $11,000
4th  $9,000 
5th  $7,000 

Special Awards

Photography Appreciation Award $20,000
The Photography Content Creator Award $15,000
Emerging Person/Organization in Photography Award $10,000
Grand Total $450,000


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:


  1. The Competition is open for online submissions only (the Submissions), through the Competition online registration page available on
  2. Submissions will be accepted from 00:01 on 1st October 2020 until 24:00 on 30th November 2020, UAE local time, (i.e. GMT +4). No Submissions made after the deadline will be accepted.
  3. Participants must be individuals aged eighteen (18) years or over at the time of the Submission(s).
  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 HIPA 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.

YOUR Photo (s)

  1. 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); You must provide a title and description for each Photo submitted and a description for the set of photos in the Portfolio category
  2. The same Photo must not be submitted in more than one (1) category. Any Photo submitted in more than one (1) category will be discarded from the Competition.
  3. Submitted Photo must be in JPEG or JPG 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 to be suitable for publication.
  4. You are kindly requested to upload the original Photo(s) (RAW) or the Photo(s) without any editing at the time of submitting the Photo(s) to the Competition.
  5. Black and white Photo(s) are permitted in all the categories of the Competition except for the Color sub category under the General category.
  6. For the Portfolio category, you are requested to submit a series of Photo(s) on the same subject matter. The number of permitted Photo(s) is a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 Photo(s).
  7. All submitted Photo(s) must not contain any tag(s), signature(s), initial(s), frame(s),border(s), logo(s) or any other references and/or marks added by the Participant. Basic technical editing of the Photo(sis acceptable, provided 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(sis prohibited. HIPA preserves the right to assess and discard from the competition any submitted Photo(s) deemed, at HIPA's own discretion, contrary to the foregoing.
  8. Photo(s) 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.
  9. Photo(s) that have won any previous award(s), whether in any HIPA prior competition(s), or in any other competition(s) whatsoever and announced before 30th November 2020 , and/or Photo(s) that have been previously used, or are intended to be used, for any kind of commercial purposes, must not be submitted. Any Photo(s) submitted in contrary to the foregoing will be automatically and without further notice disqualified from the entire Competition.


  1. HIPA's appointed judging panel shall assess and determine the winning Photo(s).The results, prizes and the winners will be announced in a public ceremony that will be held on March 2021.
  2. The winner(s) will be contacted by HIPA and must provide HIPA with their bank account details and personal details within seven (7) days from HIPA's request. 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.
  3. HIPA’s 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The decision of HIPA's judging panel is final and binding on all Participants in respect to all matters relating to the Competition.


  1. 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.
  2. Upon reaching the final stage of judging, you grant 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, print, promote your submitted Photo(s), in whole or in part, in any form, in all media forms now or hereafter known, anywhere in the world for any purpose, related to the Competition, the publication in HIPA promotional digital and/or printed materials and formats broadcast such as on HIPA magazines, printed leaflet and brochures, HIPA website and/or through other public online feeds, promoting subsequent competitions and/or the work of HIPA generally.
  3. You must obtain, solely bear the cost for, and provide HIPA within seven (7) calendar days of any request to do so by HIPA, with any or all of the following:
    1. 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 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.
    2. A signed written license from the copyright owner of any sculpture, artwork, or other copyrighted material that appears in your submitted Photo(s), authorizing HIPA to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the relevant entry(s) for all purposes, in any media now or hereafter known;
    3. A signed written license from the owner of any private property included in your submitted Photo(s), authorizing 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
    4. 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 HIPA. HIPA to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the relevant entry(s) for all purposes, in any media now or hereafter known. Please click here to download the draft of the Release form.
    5. If you have been announced as a winner of the Competition (in any category), you grant to 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, publication of a book featuring select entries in the Competition, publication in HIPA materials and/or online highlighting entries or winners of the Competition, and promoting the work of HIPA generally.


  • You hereby hold harmless, release, indemnify and discharge 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 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 HIPA, in whole or in part. You further agree to indemnify and hold harmless 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.
  • If HIPA, at its sole discretion, is of the opinion that you have breached any of the Rules, HIPA has the right to disqualify you from the Competition, and in such circumstances you must re-pay to HIPA all costs undertaken by HIPA in relation to your Submission(s) and participation in the Competition and the awards ceremony, including but not limited to (if and to the extent applicable) any travel costs incurred by HIPA, and re-pay the Competition prize money and return any trophies or certificates at your own cost to HIPA.
  • Under no circumstance HIPA will be liable for any:
    1. lost, late, misdirected, stolen, illegible or incomplete Submissions;
    2. 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);
    3. 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;
    4. 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
    5. injury or damage to any Participant or to any computer related to, resulting from or in connection with the Competition.
  • 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 HIPA, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Competition, HIPA 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. 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).


Rules and Regulations:

What is new this season?

  • ‘Humanity’ is the main theme of the Tenth Season of competition.
  • Other categories in the Tenth Season are: General, Portfolio and Architectural Photography.
  • Submitted Photo(s) must be in JPG or 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.

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

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 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 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?


Technical issues

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

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.

Stage 1
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).

Stage 2
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.

Stage 3
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.

Stage 4
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 and we will try our best to assist you.


GARY KNIGHT | United States of America

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.

BRENT STIRTON | South Africa

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.

Hanaa Turkistani | Saudi Arabia

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, 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.

ZIYAH GAFIĆ | Bosnia and Herzegovina

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’.


Humanity Category




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'.

Blast Scars

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.

High Hopes

A group of lifeguards tries to rescue the passengers of a sinking ship in the Mediterranean Sea, although the day is coming to an end and in the bitter cold, the rescue team did not stop until the end.


An elephant drowns in deep water as villagers gather to rescue it near a village in West Bengal, India.

Architectural Photography Category

Melting Gold

The unique exterior, with its golden sun-like architecture, melts into this photo I took of a building located in Incheon, South Korea.

Playful Moon

A creative fragmentation of the Burj Khalifa, in which the moon appears as if it is trying to hide behind the most famous tower in the world.

The Eye

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, before creating light. And when God created light, he also created darkness; giving beauty infinite dimensions.


A unique perspective of the hotel lobby in the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai. What appears as a regular spiral reflects the splendor that is architecture that impacts on our human senses.

Eye in the Sky

The 'Eye of Dubai' embraced by the fog. The fog season inspires the photographer's lens in Dubai. The aesthetic harmony it creates with tall buildings and structures is breathtaking.

General - Colour Category


This beautiful eleven-year-old girl sat looking at the lens that caught her one look, but the number of translations emanating from her eyes.. was too many to count!


Svalbard - Norway, August 2020. As the sea ice melts, the polar bear is drifting on a tiny sliver of ice into the open ocean. A future full of possibilities.

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.


An old grandmother lives in her hut made of cardboard and second-hand items, feeding off leftovers in the trash. She is alone, accompanied only by a spider nearby.

Visitor From Above

A Weasel playing on a pine tree trunk in the jungles of Yogyakarta - Java Island, Indonesia.

Portfolio Category

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.


Randy Olson is a photographer in the documentary tradition. He often works with his wife, Melissa Farlow and their work has taken them to over 50 countries in the past 30 years. Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily worked on projects for the National Geographic Society. They normally work individually, but have co-produced National Geographic magazine stories on northern California, American National Parks, and the Alps. They photographed the southern United States for a book by Collins Publishing and have collaborated on over 70 books by various publishers.

Randy’s 30+ National Geographic projects have taken him to almost every continent. The National Geographic Society published a book of his work in 2011 in the Masters of Photography series. Olson was the Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, and was also awarded POYi’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year—one of only two photographers to win in both media in the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. Randy is also the recipient of the Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) Photographer of the Year and the HIPA Photography Appreciation Award.

In 2011, Randy founded The Photo Society ( The purpose of the organization is to provide exposure to members as the economics of print dwindles. The National Geographic photographers elected Randy to represent them on the Photographer’s Advisory Board (PAB) - a group that represents the photographers in contract negotiations with National Geographic. During his tenure, the PAB successfully rebuffed National Geographic's attempt to take the photographer's copyright away from them. And The Photo Society was born as a result of the need for photographers to stand together for their own survival.

While working as a newspaper photographer at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship in 1995 to support a seven-year project documenting a family with AIDS, and a first place Robert F. Kennedy Award for his story on problems with Section 8 housing in 1991. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical grant and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.

As the economics of print dwindles they support their documentary work by doing advertising campaigns and corporate work. Randy photographed the Toyota Land Cruiser campaign in the Yukon and Australia. They have done advertising photography for Becton Dickinson, HSBC Bank, Audi, Cleveland Clinic, Stratos Global and others so they can continue to support socially responsible documentary projects. They live in Pennsylvania and Oregon.

One day in her senior year of high school, Cristina Mittermeier sat on the floor with her classmates listening to a man talk about career opportunities in marine sciences while she looked up, transfixed, at the otherworldly images he showed on a screen. She knew right then that she wanted a career focused on the ocean. But her hometown of Cuernavaca, in central Mexico, was nowhere near the water, and there were no female scientists around who could offer her guidance. Her father wanted her to be an accountant, like him. Her grandmother wanted her to find a husband. Her mother, a psychologist, told her she should follow her dream.

Mittermeier is now one of the most influential female photographers in the world. She began her career as a Marine Biologist working in her native Mexico. She soon discovered that she could better advocate for the oceans and the planet through the lens of her camera than she could with data on spreadsheets.

Today, a virtuous mind and voice in conservation photography, Mittermeier is the co-founder of the conservation society ‘SeaLegacy’, a National Geographic contributing photographer, a Sony Artisan of Imagery and the editor of 26 coffee table books on conservation issues. She is the first female photographer to reach 1 million followers on Instagram and was a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Mittermeier is acknowledged as one of the most Influential Women in Ocean Conservation in 2018 by Ocean Geographic, and The Men’s Journal recently named her as one of the 18 Most Adventurous Women in the World.

Mittermeier has worked in more than 120 countries on every continent in the world. Her work is about building a greater awareness of the responsibility of what it means to be a human. Her work relays an understanding that we are inextricably linked to all other species on this planet and that we have a duty to act as the keepers of our fellow life forms. Mittermeier lives in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) is a U.S.-based nonprofit whose mission is to support environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography and filmmaking. Since the organization's founding in 2005, iLCP’s members have participated in over 50 expeditions, resulting in over 10,000 images and countless stories. Through solution-based storytelling, iLCP expeditions have resulted in significant conservation impact.

Our programs are built on the participation and contributions of our Fellows, a group of professional wildlife, nature, and cultural visual storytellers who, in addition to displaying remarkable photographic and filmmaking skills, have each demonstrated a deep commitment to conservation efforts around the globe. iLCP Fellows work doesn’t end with content creation. We work with the Fellowship to share photos and films with politicians and changemakers; publish articles in major outlets and social media channels to raise awareness of the issues; and collaborate with conservation groups to work towards viable solutions - relentlessly working for conservation knowing that an impactful image can often bring about change.