Life in colour



The beauty of life is its colour.

From fresh cooling blues, calming terracotta hues, deep rich reds to vibrant sunshiny yellows, colour has the ability to alter our psyche. They can bring a warming glow into a dull day and turn the corners of our mouths upwards.

Colour speaks of the people, places, animals, plants and consumables that play a starring role in our everyday lives.

Colour can add a splash of drama.

It can be muted and emulate the calmness within. It has the ability to say so much more than just its one or two-worded name.

Bright white can speak of freshly painted walls, teeth within a tanned face, or clean laundered bed sheets blowing in the breeze – each one depicts a very different story.

But what does ‘Life in Colour’ say to you?

That's up for your creative mind to decide.

General / Entrants’ choice

If you had to choose just one piece of work to reflect your passion for capturing life through a lens, which photograph would you submit?

This category gives you the opportunity to enter a truly outstanding piece of photography that best exemplifies the excellence of the HIPA awards.

It’s completely open, embraces all subject matters, removes boundaries and offers participants the chance to choose work that reflects their style as long as they adhere to the criteria and regulations of the Award.


People are a fascinating subject matter.

Laughter lines of experience, smiling shining eyes that express a moment of gratitude, a mouth left wide open in awe – the human face can speak to the soul, address your mind and captivate your heart.

We invite you to explore emotions, capture someone’s compelling story, and evoke the attitude, personality and essence of people who have inspired you to pick up your camera and record our great rich and varied lives.

In this category we encourage you to maintain the authenticity of the beauty of life, and portray the finer details that make each one of us so special and unique. The use of black and white demands accomplished compositions and expert use of light: this is a true test of your ability.

Night Photography

Night time can bring still, starry calmness, the hustle and bustle of people leaving work and heading home, a blank canvas for celebratory fireworks, roaring campfires and the shining lights of traffic.

It offers mysterious shadows to hide in.

Speaks of secrets waiting to be discovered once light arrives.

The dark veil of night provides a romantic light to capture a glimmer of beauty. There’s something truly magical about it.

This category gives you the chance to play with your creativeness, reveal the beguiling charm of the night and offers you the perfect opportunity to shine.

Special Awards

Photography Appreciation Award (Personal, Group or Team Award)*

There are many passionate people within the photography industry who are dedicated and relentless in their pursuit for excellence. These people offer their services and expertise without expecting a return on their efforts and therefore form a vital part of the photographic community.

The ‘Photography Appreciation Award’ is a special category for a person or group who has shown long-standing commitment to enhancing the art of photography. By awarding the recipient, HIPA hopes to give back a small amount of the respect and appreciation they deserve.

Photographic Research/Report Award*

Research requires an unprecedented commitment of time and effort towards a particular field of study. It is invaluable in helping mankind create the future and advance knowledge and capabilities.

The Hamdan International Photography Award aims to enhance the ever-developing research field within photography by introducing the ‘Photographic Research/Report Award’.

The Award will celebrate research that reflects excellence in the field of photography. This strengthens the strategic goal of the award, which to develop the art of photography for the entire photographic community.

*Participants may enter these two special awards by invitation only.



Aidan Sullivan started his career as a staff photographer for a local newspaper in the UK at the age of 18 and then free-lanced as a news photographer in Fleet Street, covering events and conflicts around the globe. He later joined The Sunday Times in London as deputy picture editor, soon becoming the picture editor and subsequently joining the Sunday Times Magazine as Director of Photography from 1989- 2002.

In 2004, Sullivan joined Getty Images and relocated to New York. He created Reportage by Getty Images in 2009, representing some of the leading international photojournalists and documentary photographers in 2009. Sullivan is currently based in New York City.

Sullivan is the director and founder of The Ian Parry Scholarship, created following the death of the photographer Ian Parry during the Romanian Revolution, while on assignment for The Sunday Times. The scholarship has helped many of the finest young photographers currently working in the profession and is widely recognized as one of the most important awards available for aspiring photojournalists.

In 2013 Sullivan created Day Without News? the campaign to protect journalists which has successfully lobbied the UN to address the legislation around the protection of journalists.

Sullivan has been a master for the Joop Swart Masterclass and has also sat on the international judging panel for the Visa d'Or, Chairman of the World Press Photo Competition in 2012 a member of the 2011 World Press Photo contest jury, Chairman of the Sony World Photography Awards. His own accolades include an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographical Society and International Picture Editor of the Year award at Visa pour l'Image.


Alicia is based on the Gold Coast of Australia and began her love affair with photography at the age of 12 when her family handed over the camera to her. She often attended school with a camera in her bag.

Over the years she has developed a love of conceptual photography and her composite work has been awarded at the highest level. She is also a wildlife photographer and her wildlife images are known to be simple and beautiful. She was awarded Queensland Epson AIPP Science, Environment and Nature photographer of the year for 2014.

Alicia is a Master of Photography with the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) and an Associate of Photography with WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) in the USA. She has judged the AIPP state professional photography awards in Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia as well as judging the Australian Professional Photography Awards each year since 2010. In 2014 she judged at the WPPI awards in Las Vegas for the first time.

As well as judging, Alicia has presented workshops in Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, Victoria and also online, sharing her approach to conceptual portraiture as well as her editing techniques with eager participants. She is also an active working member of the AIPP and holds the office of Vice President for Qld in 2013/2014/2015.    


Gurdas Dua is a photographer from India who specializes in pictorial, nature, wildlife and portrait photography.

He is a Fellow of India International Photographic Council as well as an Honorary Associate of Photographic Art Society of Pakistan. He is a life member of various photographic councils including the India International Photographic Council, Federation of Indian Photography and the center of advanced photography, Indore, India.

He has conducted several highly technical & specialized photographic campaigns for Archeological Survey of India which involved the restoration of 3000 years old Buddha period cave paintings at Bagh caves, India and the documentation of more than 100 ASI listed monuments.

Dua also conducted many workshops in India and has been honoured as the "Sony Professional Tied up Photographer" by Sony India for conducting Sony organized Photographic workshops throughout the country.

A winner of various of photographic accolades, he represented India at the FIAP-KODAK International Photo Contest in 1993 at Belgium and led an Indian photographers delegation to Pakistan for "Art for Peace" mission in March 2006. He was also placed amongst top 30 exhibitors of the world by National Geography for year 2008.


Jassim Al Awadhi is an Emirati photographer who holds a masters in Photography from Nottingham-Trent University in the United Kingdom. A forensic expert with the Dubai Police, he worked as the head of the photography department for forensics department there and as a deputy lecturer at the faculty of Arts in Sharjah University.

Al Awadhi also served as the Secretary General of the Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photography Award as well as the president of the Abu Dhabi International association of photography. He has also judged and chaired several photography and art competitions in the United Arab Emirates.

Al Awadhi has hosted 8 personal galleries showcasing his photography in the UAE, and has taken part in over 27 exhibitions in the UAE and abroad. Throughout his career he has attained various accolades and recognitions, most prominently the Emirates appreciation award in fine arts (photography) in the year 2010.

Al Awadhi is also a regulator contributor to the photographic communities in the UAE and the Arab world through workshops and articles on photography published in various regional newspapers.    


Maggie has over 25 years of experience working at a senior level across a range of sectors.

Her creative experience coupled with the ability to build strong relationships provided a great platform for her to create the first ever UK British Wildlife Photography Awards, which were established in 2009.

As founder and director she worked tirelessly to reach and enthuse as many people as possible, to create a solid partnership model based on synergies and trust. This initiative has reached tens of millions annually through phenomenal media coverage including most national newspapers, TV interviews, BBC news and traveling exhibitions.

In the early days of developing BWPA, Maggie drew on her experience from the National Trust where she worked in partnership with senior colleagues in communications, fundraising to generate public interest about the UK coast and issues relating to climate change.

As project manager and curator of two major touring exhibitions, the highly acclaimed ‘Coast Exposed’ and award winning ‘Climate Change in Britain’s Backyard’ she created corporate partnerships with the National Maritime Museum, The Lowry, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Magnum Photos.


Manolis Metzakis was born in Iraklion, Greece. He is a graduate of the University of Crete, with a degree in Mathematics.

In 1989 he joined the Hellenic Photographic Society of Crete and became President in January 2000.

In June 2008, Manolis was elected to be a member of the Governing Board of United Photographers International (UPI) and has been its president since February 2009

From 1990 onwards he has participated in various national and international photographic exhibitions with his fine art photographs. He has taken part in over 800 fine art photography exhibitions, showing 280 different fine art photographs which, in turn, have won 39 gold medals, 28 silver, 22 bronze, 15 awards and 165 merits.

In 1996, the Federation internationale de l'art Photographique, (F.I.A.P.), honored him with the artistic title A. FIAP (Artist FIAP), in recognition of his artistic achievements nationally and in international photography competitions. In December 1999 the F.I.A.P. awarded him the highest recognition, the title E.FIAP (Excellent F.I.A.P.). In January 2008 the F.I.A.P. awarded him the title E.FIAP/bronze. In May 2009 the F.I.A.P awarded him the title E.FIAP/silver, in 2010 the title EFIAP/gold and in 2011 the higher title EFIAP/platinum. In 2010 FIAP awarded him the administrative title ESFIAP.

He has also taken part in many national and international competitions of fine art photography as a judge since the year 2000.


Riccardo Busi has been the President of The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) since 2012. A Travel and Nature photographer, he is also a Doctor in Political Sciences, and holds a master’s degree in Diplomatic and in International Organizations.

He has been a judge in over 200 national and international competitions since 1982 whilst also being on a number of international juries in 22 different countries.

Busi is presently a coordinator and trainer of photography courses and workshops and collaborator of “Panda Photo” Photographic Agency in Rome, Italy. He has actively participated in shows and competitions since 1980 and taken part in over 330 personal and collective exhibitions and projections.

He has gathered over 1000 admissions in international competitions and over 200 awards. A Five time FIAP World Champion in Nature, he is also a one-time FIAP World Champion in Projected Images (Belgium 2011) and a three times FIAP Gold Medal winner in Projected Images World Cups (Finland 1999, Belgium 2002 and Indonesia 2009). In 2007 he won the Second FIAP World Cup for Clubs and in 2011 the 60th Anniversary FIAP Cup “Children of the World” in Singapore.


Tom is a leading authority on digital photography, a photographer, author, educator, TV broadcaster, and traveller. He won the Thomas Cook award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his photography of the Marco Polo Expedition which pioneered the modern Silk Road crossing from Europe to China.

He specialized in Central Asia (Former Soviet Union) for 10 years, leading academic projects and photographing extensively. He has worked widely in the photographic industry: as a magazine editor, picture editor, technical journalist, consultant and has juried leading international photo competitions.

He was a founding member of the World Photography Academy and created the Student Focus component of the Sony World Photography Awards. He was senior lecturer and course leader in photography and journalism for Masters courses at the University of Westminster for over twelve years.

Amongst his 23 books on photography is the best-selling ‘Digital Photographer’s Handbook’ which has sold over half a million copies and has been translated into twenty languages and the award-winning ‘Digital Photography Masterclass’.

He was presenter for two 6-part BBC series on digital photography and for an award-winning 8-part photography series for Channel News Asia, Singapore.


Born in 1951, Volker Frenzerl is a retired Captain who worked for Lufthansa German Airlines.

He began photography in his youth and in 1983 together with some friends founded the “Fotogruppe bickenbach” association and worked as a board member and chairman for the past 15 years.

Fotogruppe bickenbach would go on to become one of the most successful amateur associations in Germany and in 1998 it joined the DVF (Deutscher Verband für Fotografie) and soon Frenzel became head of the regional division.

In 2008, Frenzel founded the youth competition “Germanys best Youth Photographer” which has grown into the official German Youth Championship for photography.

As a photographer, Frenzel has reached master grades for various European and global photography organisations such as the FIAP, MFIAP, EFIPA, DVF and the MDVF.

Frenzel is addicted to a “good picture, regardless how it is done or created”, his motto is “a moment of reality, without an obligation to the truth”. He describes himself as “not being a composer, but an all-round photographer who frequently uses technology to enhance his work”.

Prize Money

Grand Prize $120,000


"Life in Colour" Category

Position Prize Money
1st $25,000
2nd $20,000
3rd $15,000
 4th $12,000 
 5th $10,000  

"General" Category

Position Prize Money
1st $15,000
2nd $12,000
3rd $10,000
4th  $8,000 
5th  $6,000 

"Faces" Category

Position Prize Money
1st $15,000
2nd $12,000
3rd $10,000
 4th $8,000 
 5th $6,000 

"Night Photography" Category

Position Prize Money
1st $15,000
2nd $12,000
3rd $10,000
 4th $8,000 
 5th $6,000 

"Special Awards"

Photography apperciation award (Personal, Group or Team Award) $20,000
Photographic Research/Report Award $25,000
Grand Total $400,000



"Life In Colour" Category

Each year, India witnesses an unprecedented wave of vibrancy and colour during Holi, the festival of colours, celebrated throughout the country. The photo could have been restricted to a red and yellow affair, had it not been for the man throwing a handful of blue powder which made all the difference. The seated worshippers in the photograph, seem to be letting the barrage of colours layer them, which adds to the uniqueness of the image.

This photograph was taken in Ki Gompa, a monastery of Tibetan Buddhists in the Indian Himalayas. Every evening, the young monks of the temple are given time off to play in an open area nearby. These young monks, in their richly coloured robes, manifest the true meaning of enthusiasm and cheerfulness, unlike the greyness of the walls behind them.

This photograph of Asian paradise flycatchers was taken in the village of Sha Tin, Jiangxi province, China. It shows two adult (male and female) Asian paradise flycatchers feeding their chicks on a small tree branch. The pale coloured chicks are seen to be vulnerable and weak while the colourful flycatchers resemble life and hope, epitomising ‘Life in Colour’

In Aydin, Turkey, red peppers, eggplants and zucchinis are string-dried in the summer in preparation for the cold winter months. Women, teenagers and children work this delicate and careful job as a way of earning extra money in the summer, a common practice in that part of the country. The girl in the photograph is a local high school student who works this job as a means of helping her family as well as saving money for the school year ahead.

This picture comes alive because of the varied colours of the prayer flags lined above the young monk, as he tries to touch one of them. This does not only capture his emotions, but also the vibrancy of the shades which are reflecting the innocence of the young monk’s face. The simplicity of the photograph is fitting of the young monk who is overjoyed during his playing time and it reminds us that the smallest things can sometimes help us attain happiness.

Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula has some of the richest salmon runs in the Pacific, especially in the national wildlife preserve, Kurile Lake. Since the dawn of time, red salmon has been the basic food for the Kamchatka brown bear. The photo captures the big Russian bear going about its regular meal, the casual look in its eyes is in sharp contrast to the victim, the salmon, which flaps its colourful tail-end as if saluting life, for this is its destiny.

"General" Category

This photo was taken on 6th Ave in Manhattan, New York City in January 2014. The photographer captured walking pedestrians as they crossed the road in freezing conditions. Although the red lights and cold weather indicate inactivity, the crossing pedestrians and their will to get to where they need to be, indicates the exact opposite.

In the animal kingdom, the struggle to survive is apparent, to live you must kill. This photo was taken in South Borneo in Indonesia and features the crested serpent eagle which is a specialist reptile eater. The snake in the photograph is curled in defense, knowing that its best chance for survival lies in attacking the much larger eagle.

This photo was taken in April 2011 at a train station in the small French town of Bollwiller. The clock in the station is symbolic of static time as opposed to the passing train which can symbolize the speed of time. The standing man is caught in the conflicting scenarios as if to indicate that the train of life will pass you by, if you don’t watch the time.

The photograph shows children enjoying an afternoon dip at the kawa hot bath fuelled with dried woods and sprinkled with organic leaves, believed by the locals to have medicinal benefits. In the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, there is a small town named Sitio Tuno where the locals set up hot bath spas with medicinal plants picked from the surrounding forest. The excitement on the children’s faces as they bathe in the hot bath is matched well by the green and blue colours around them, creating a pristine feel to the photograph.

"Faces (Black and White)" Category

This photograph was taken inside a photography studio and is of a young girl named Stella-Maria. With her deep stare, Stella- Maria is able to captivate the viewer through her innocence and youth, whilst being presented in classic black and white colours. The shadow covering part of Stella-Maria’s face also adds to the intrigue in this young lady. Her natural face and look is a testament to the beauty of the photograph taken.

This photograph is a reflection of innocence, beauty, helplessness and revolt. In 1989, the ethnic Burmese ‘Mon’ army was made up of 3000 soldiers, including 100 women fighters. This photo was captured at one of the Mon checkpoints at the end of a winding dirt road, featuring this serious staring 20-year-old Ma Ngua, her cheeks covered with powder to protect her beauty while an M-16 rifle is beside her to protect her post.

This photo was taken on a cold February morning, at the time of Chinese New Year, in Huangnan, China. This photo shows three old women, each carrying a warm cup of buttered tea whilst talking and laughing. The impact of the picture lays in the warmth of the women’s smiles as well the warmth emanating from their tea, which appears to engulf their friendship and happiness.

This photograph is of an old Vietnamese lady, who had been living near a mountain range for many years, watching tourists come and go. The wrinkles on her gracefully shaped face feel like pathways leading to various stories from her life, many of which are filled with simplicity and wisdom. Despite her old age, her face offers optimism and hope. The window behind her depicts that there is still enough light in her life for some more pathways to be explored.

This candid portrait of a child behind a translucent glass window in Hong Kong stands out because of the transparent strip that runs across. It is in that strip that the power of the photo lies with the girl’s eyes clearly looking at something she is seeing for the first time at her tender age. Her gape adds to the curiosity and innocence while her hands try to push through the window to explore the unknown beyond.

"Night Photography" Category

This photograph was taken of an ancient Chinese ‘Diaojiaolou’ house in the town of Fenghuang, located near the Tuojiang River in Hunan province. Diaojiaolous are often used as hotels or restaurants in Hunan province, due to their great charm and beauty. As the night falls, countless red lanterns provide light inside the Diaojiaolou, giving a priceless and surreal view of past and present in one photograph.

This photograph captures Sulphuric fire fishing, an ancient and eco-friendly way of fishing near Jinshan, Taiwan. Fishermen add water to Sulphur soil to produce acetylene, which is used to produce light that attracts Harengula fish, which in turn begin jumping out of the water. The rush hour in the sea amid the excitement of seeing the fire, is indeed a timeless frame.

This photo was taken in January 2014 at the Lau Bij climb in the Cogne Valley of the Gran Paradiso Park, in Italy’s Aosta valley. The beautiful medium of ice combines really well with the flash photography, showcasing the transparency of the deep blue colours of the ice, as well as the athleticism of the climbers. The unique textures of the ice along with the splash of blue and the amazing depth of field sums up the two men conquering nature’s might and the one (photographer) capturing it.

This photo was taken at the Address Hotel in the Dubai Marina. The building’s facade is made of glass and is very reflective which created a powerful ‘vertigo’ view. The biggest visual impact of this photograph is the sense of disorientation upon seeing it for the first time. The surrounding cityscape and vertigo view of the building creates a sense of confusion for a viewer and one may need to look at the photograph more than once to fully understand it.



Sebastião Salgado was born on 8 February 1944 in Aimorés, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He lives in Paris, France.

Having previously worked as an economist, Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 in Paris, working with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos until 1994, when he and Lélia Wanick Salgado, his wife, formed Amazonas images, an organization created exclusively for his work.

Salgado has travelled to over 100 countries for his photographic projects. Most of these works, as well as appearing in numerous print publications, have also been presented in books such as Other Americas and Sahell’Homme en Détresse(1986), An Uncertain Grace (1990), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations and Portraits (2000), and Africa (2007). Touring exhibitions of this work have been, and continue to be, presented throughout the world in leading museums and galleries.

In 2004, Salgado began the Genesis project, aiming at presenting the unblemished face of nature and humanity. Genesis consists of a series of landscape and wildlife photographs, as well as photographs of human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures. This body of work was conceived as a potential path to humanity’s rediscovery of itself in nature. Two books Genesis, published by TASCHEN, with an international distribution, in six languages, came out in 2013. The Genesis exhibition, a touring exhibition was launched simultaneously in several countries in 2013.

The exhibition has already been presented in 21 countries.

Since the 1990’s, Salgado and Lélia have also worked on the restoration of a part of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. They succeeded in turning the area into a nature reserve in 1998 and created the Instituto Terra an environmental NGO dedicated to a mission of reforestation, conservation and education.

In 2012, Salgado received the Prize e from instituto e, UNESCO Brasil and Rio Town Council, as well as the Prize « Personalidade Ambiental » from WWF, Brazil. These awards were given in recognition of his work with Instituto Terra.

In 2014, he received the Prize Itaca, from the Facultad Ciencias de la Comunicación, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Spain.

The same year he was honored as “Amigos do Meio Ambiente” (“Friends of the environment”) at the Fifth World Environment Forum, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil.

Salgado has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments. He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States.

In 2014 he received the insignia of “Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (“Commander of the Order of the Arts and Litterature”) from the Ministry of Culture and Communication, France.

Also in 2014, came out the 109 minute documentary film, « The Salt of the Earth », about Salgado, directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. Produced by Decia Films. France, Italy, Brazil.


Scott Kelby is the Editor, Publisher, and co-founder of Photoshop User magazine and is co-host of the influential weekly photography talk show The Grid. He is also President of the online training, education, and publishing firm, KelbyOne.

Scott is a photographer, designer, and an awardwinning author of more than 80 books, including The Digital Photography Book, parts 1, 2, 3, & 4, The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers, and Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It: Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image. The first book in this series, The Digital Photography Book, part 1, has become the top-selling book on digital photography in history.

For the past four years, Scott has been honored with the distinction of being the best-selling author of educational books on photography in the world. His books have been translated into dozens of different languages, including Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Taiwanese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Turkish, Portuguese and Arabic among others.

Scott is Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. He’s featured in a series of online courses (from, and has been training photographers and Adobe Photoshop users since 1993. He is also the founder of Scott Kelby’s Annual Worldwide Photowalk, the largest global social event for photographers, which brings tens of thousands of photographers together on one day each year to shoot in over a thousand cities worldwide.

The Digital Photography Book series

Comprehensive and enjoyable are probably the best words to describe The Digital Photography Book series, by Scott Kelby, who has undisputedly become the best-selling author in the field of photography and one of the most successful in all genres. His book has been translated into several languages, benefitting generations of photographers around the world and in turn making him the perfect candidate for the distinguished HIPA photographic research/report award.

The series, which includes several best-sellers that Scott Kelby had authored or co-authored, were the initial reason why he was given the HIPA photographic research/report award. However, what put him ahead of the other candidates was the contribution he made to photography via specialised websites, as well as new and social media outlets, with his followers exceeding the 2.5 million mark. Kelby’s books contain tools, methods, techniques, tactics and tips that are a must for anyone seeking distinction in photography and the processing and retouching of photographs. A photographer’s private library would not be complete without at least one of Kelby’s books.

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) recognises Mr. Scott Kelby for his efforts in the enrichment of the photographic libraries all around the world as well as offering photographers the appropriate tools that can enable them to produce photographs worthy of being showcased in public exhibitions.