As HIPA’s Seventh Season of competition dawns on photographers from all around the world, various surprises await them in the conquest for photographic success.
After six seasons of competition, and over a quarter of a million visual photographic masterpieces, HIPA has once again set out to inspire photographers from all walks of life to attain greatness through forward thinking and creativity. We request that photographers, for a short while, forget the past and ignore the future to be fully immersed in ‘The Moment’. Photographers must delve deep into the madness and spontaneity of the present when capturing their photographs for HIPA’s Seventh Season main category.
The biggest surprise of this season is the launch of video submissions for the Seventh Season of competition. The new ‘Time-lapse’ category, introduces an exciting phase in the competition which targets a new segment of the creative community.
For a second season in succession, the ‘Portfolio’ category returns, having attracted a total of 33,950 photographs in its inaugural edition. Likewise, the ‘General’ category will once again delve into the creative minds of photographers, affording them a full remit to express themselves through black and white or coloured submissions.
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.
The moment is that split second occurrence that could happen in the blink of an eye and yet have a profound visual effect if captured properly. Such instances often have the magical ability to alter a person’s life and his or her surroundings forever.
Life is a collection of moments that shape our destiny. For photographers, a destiny defining moment is the junction where the time and place of a photograph meet to form a visual masterpiece.
Make your submission an unforgettable moment that can alter reality, or possibly even change history. Share your breath-taking moments of photography with us this season.
The Portfolio category returns to afford photographers the chance 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 photography that doesn’t necessarily fall into any of the other categories on offer. Year after year, this category has gained quality and diversity, with a constant share of about a third of all entries registered in HIPA.
HIPA continues to offer participants two opportunities to participate in this category instead of one by once again dividing it the category into two sub-categories: one for black and white entries, to give deserved substance to this classic art form, and the other for coloured entries, giving participants the option to dazzle the jury and viewers with their vibrant compositions.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is limitless.
The visual industry is witnessing a rapid shift towards the strengthening of visual material through video, which can bring added meaning to a scene.
By launching this new and unique category, HIPA invites a new sector of talented artists to participate in the competition.
This category will accept submissions that fit the criteria of a ‘Time-lapse’ video while the subject matter of submissions is open. Submissions can be a combination of static, motion control, hyper-lapse, drone-lapse or simply a single video. Submissions should not include any form of visual (VFX) or CGI effects.
To ensure the authenticity of submissions, RAW samples from each sequence will be requested from entrants. Entrants must have and own all the necessary and appropriate intellectual property rights for all the footage, sound track(s) and/or music within the submission.
For all the technical specifications for submissions and specific rules for this category – Click HERE
Grand Prize $120,000
Portfolio (Story Telling)
Ami Vitale is a photographer, writer and filmmaker who over the years has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. She has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.”
She is an Ambassador for Nikon and a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and has garnered prestigious awards including multiple prizes from World Press Photos, the International Photographer of the Year prize, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer's Association, among others.
Vitale is currently focused on making films and shooting stories about the planet’s most pressing issues, including wildlife on the edge of extinction, climate change-precipitated migration, and the struggles and triumphs of the human spirit. She lectures and teaches workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and her work is exhibited in museums, galleries, and private collections worldwide.
Harvey is founder and editor of the award-winning Burn magazine, featuring iconic and emerging photographers in print and online. Harvey went on to shoot over forty essays for National Geographic magazine. He has covered stories around the world, including projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Maya culture, Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico and Naples, and a recent feature on Nairobi. He was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in 1978.
He has published two major books, Cuba and Divided Soul, based on his extensive work on the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas, and his book Living Proof (2007) deals with hip-hop culture.
His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Nikon Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Workshops and seminars are an important part of his life. He joined Magnum as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997.
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. He has covered topics as diverse as the impact of the oil industry in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the impact of early onset Alzheimer’s, climate change, the plight of Syrian refugees, and the relationship between sugar cane and Chronic Kidney Disease in Nicaragua. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.
In recent times, he earned recognition by the POYi Awards as 2015’s Multimedia Photographer of the Year. From implementing a unique approach to photography and filmmaking in his 2006 Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook, Kashi’s prowess led him to a real-time Instagram coverage of Hurricane Sandy for TIME Magazine in 2012. Through his editorial assignments and personal projects Kashi has published eight books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta, THREE, and Photojournalisms.
Gunther Wegner is the founder and developer of the market-leading solution for time lapse photography, LRTimelapse. He is also considered a pioneer in the research of time-lapse photography.
In 2012, Wegner decided to leave his regular job in IT project management and fully dedicate himself to his talents in the fields of time-lapse, photography, film making and blogging. He has also worked for multiple German broadcasters including NDR Naturfilm as well as Japan’s national broadcasting organization, NHK.
Wegner’s portfolio of works includes; African Skies, Altiplano Skies, and most recently Northern Skies 4K. He has judged many photography competitions around the world, most recently at the ‘Time-lapse Film Festival in Los Angeles’.
Jean-François Leroy is a photo-journalist whose career has included stints at Photo-Reporter, Le Photographe, Photo-Revue, Photo Magazine and the Sipa-press agency. In 1989, he completed a project in collaboration with famous French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand titled ‘3 Days in France’, which looked at France’s history in the 150 years since the advent of photography.
He is the current CEO and owner of ‘Images Evidence’ and ‘New Evidence’ and has been running the world renowned Visa Pour l’Image photojournalism festival since 1989.
Khalil Hamra is an award winning Palestinian photojournalist who has been working for the Associated Press News agency since 2002. He has received over 20 international photography awards and accolades throughout his career, mostly for his work inside conflict zones and revolutions.
In 2013, Khalil won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, for his work in covering the Syrian civil war in 2012. In 2009, Hamra was recognized by the Overseas Press Club of America with its Robert Capa Gold Medal for his series covering the war in Gaza that same year. He also received several awards for his coverage of the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath, from January 2011 till May 2014.
Peter Bill began to experiment with time-lapse photography through his passion for painting. His desire to capture the movement of sunlight across landscapes helped him realise that he could only do so through time-lapse photography. This began a long journey in the artform for Bill, firstly using Super-8 film and the earliest digital SLR cameras to eventually founding the first time-lapse film festival in North America, and his many works today.
Peter Bill's award winning workss have been shown in various locations around the world including; New York, Seattle, São Paulo and other international venues. To this day, he continues to mix his passion for oil painting and video work and often weaves both artforms to create a unique mixture of pixels and paint. He has judged many photography competitions around the world, most recently at the ‘Time-lapse Film Festival in Los Angeles’.
Randy Olson is a documentary photographer who has had feature articles published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, but has primarily worked on projects for the National Geographic Society.
Randy’s numerous National Geographic projects have taken him to almost every continent. National Geographic Society published a book of his work in 2011 in their 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.
While working as a newspaper photographer at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship 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. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical grant and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.
In 2011, Randy founded The Photo Society that is open to any photographer who has produced a full-length story for National Geographic magazine. The purpose of the organization is to find economic opportunities and provide exposure to members as the economics of print dwindles.
"The Moment" Category
Spring in Aleppo
On what was supposed to be a beautiful spring day on the 15th of April 2017, an explosion rocked the Rashideen neighbourhood in Western Aleppo. The car bomb targeted a gathering of civilians that were part of an exchange scheme organised by various international organisations and regional powers.
In the ensuing panic, many of the gathering photojournalists, there to cover the planned exchange, rushed to try and rescue survivors and get them to nearby ambulances. A photographer is seen, camera still in hand, carrying an injured child and running towards help. The horror in the man’s face perhaps symbolising the pain and anguish of an entire nation.
Long Way From Home
After four consecutive days of walking without food or water in extremely harsh conditions, a group of Rohingya women and their children make it into the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh.
It is estimated that in the last year alone, that over 700,000 Rohingya refugees have escaped violence in Myanmar; the majority of whom do so into neighbouring Bangladesh.
Chaos of the Dunes
Journalists running away from a ten-tonne MAZ rally truck at the 2016 edition of the ‘Gold of Kagan’ rally held in the Astrakhan region of Russia. A photographer was crushed by the truck and seriously injured as a result. He was taken to hospital by helicopter and went on to make a full recovery.
The Gauchos’ Dog
The ancient and traditional practice of ‘cattle branding’ is still being used to identify an animal’s owner in Argentina. Burning an identifying mark into the hide of an animal was, until the invention of the tattoo,the only method of marking that lasted the life of the animal. Argentinean cowboys (Gauchos) often use dogs to assist them in forcing the cattle to the area where the branding takes place.
"Time-Lapse (Video)" Category
The skylines of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are among the most imposing and photogenic in the world today. Soaring high into the Emirati skies, the skyscrapers dreamily interact with the winter fog thus becoming a source of awe and inspiration for any dreamer or photographer. Viewed from a high angle, the fog turns the cities into a grand canvas of visual poetry which could only be expressed through the language of time-lapse photography.
Composed with approximately 15,000 images over a twenty-two day period, ‘Silkworm’ explores nature’s process of evolution in a dystopian and abandoned environment.
The ‘Qamariyah’ window is one of the most distinctive and beautiful features of Yemeni architecture. Its name was given by the people of Sana’a and is derived from the Arabic word for the moon, ‘Qamar’. This is mainly due to its similarity in shape to a full moon and the appearance of the moon through the window’s coloured glass at night. This video is the result of three months of planning and tracking the movement of the moon on the rooftops of buildings in Old Sana’a.
In northern Saudi Arabia, the desert is a source of inspiration for many. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, watching the beautiful night sky and movement of the stars is a priceless experience.
Lights of the Pyrenees
A collection of video footage taken in the western part of the remote Pyrenees mountain chain, on the border between France and Spain. The video was shot on the Spanish side in a region known as 'Navarra', both at night and at dawn for the purpose of capturing the best possible light.
"General - Colour" Category
"General - Black & White" Category
A Harsh Melt
Earth’s polar regions contain some of the harshest and yet most fragile ecosystems on earth. Whether it’s hunters with their huskies, polar bears, melting glaciers, narwhals or emperor penguins, these species and others are more vulnerable today than ever with global warming and the decline of sea ice in full force.
The Rohingya Exodus
In a gruelling journey to cross into safety, the strongest carry the weakest in the damp paddy fields and heavy monsoon rainfall. The rain is heavy and frequent, and makes the ground incredibly wet and muddy, thus making it even more difficult to walk through. Many of the Rohingya have to cross the land-mine infested border between Myanmar and Bangladesh to reach safety; while others take the risk of traveling in unstable fishing boats.
Migrants Winter Journey
During the harsh Balkan winter, some 1,500 migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, face inhumane living conditions living in a derelict warehouse in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. According to UNHCR, more than 60% of them were unaccompanied minors, and a majority made the journey from Afghanistan to Serbia either alone, in groups or with the help of smugglers; risking their lives along the way.
Since 1981, James Nachtwey has dedicated his career to documenting wars and critical social issues. Motivated by the belief that public awareness is an essential element in the process of change and that photographs of war in the mass media can become a kind of intervention on behalf of peace, he has covered conflicts worldwide.
In Europe, he documented the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the war in Chechnya, and civil unrest in Northern Ireland. In Africa, he photographed the genocide in Rwanda, famine as a weapon of mass destruction in Somalia and Sudan and the liberation struggle in South Africa. He documented the civil wars that engulfed Central America during the 1980’s, from El Salvador to Nicaragua to Guatemala as well as the U.S. invasion of Panama. In the Middle East, he has covered the civil wars in Lebanon, events relating to the Palestinians, and most recently the war in Iraq, where he was wounded in a grenade attack. He began working in Afghanistan during the 1980’s, photographing the resistance to the Soviet occupation, followed by the Afghan civil war, and the conflict with the Taliban in 2001. In the Far East, he has documented guerrilla groups at war in Sri Lanka and the Philippines as well as the deadly military crackdown on demonstrators in Bangkok in 2010. Most recently he has documented the refugee crisis in Europe, the earthquake in Nepal and the extra-judicial war on drugs in the Philippines.
Nachtwey has pursued social issues throughout the world with equal dedication. Homelessness, drug addiction, poverty, crime and industrial pollution are a few of the subjects he has photographed extensively.
Since the year 2000, he has become involved in documenting global health issues in the developing world, recognising that infectious diseases have devastating effects on even greater numbers of people than war.
Nachtwey has received numerous awards from the journalism profession, as well as for his contributions to art and to humanitarian causes. He has been awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal five times, for exceptional courage and enterprise. In 2007 he received a TED Prize, and for this created a global awareness campaign about tuberculosis, believing that mass consciousness helps facilitate funding and research, mobilises donours and motivates political will. He has been named Magazine Photographer of the Year eight times. He’s received the top prize from the World Press Photo Foundation twice, the Infinity Award for photojournalism three times, the Bayeaux Award for war correspondents twice and the Leica Award twice. He has been the recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the Overseas Press Club, TIME Inc., and the American Society of Magazine Editors.
In 2001, ‘War Photographer’, a feature length documentary film about the life and work of James Nachtwey was nominated for an Academy Award. His books include Deeds of War and Inferno.
Nachtwey’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Bibliotheque nationale de France, the Pompidou Center and the Getty Museum among other venues. He has had numerous solo exhibitions worldwide.
For 35 years, photographer James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era; human modification of our planet’s natural systems. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, James is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river, the African savannah or polar icecaps.
To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. He and the EIS team are featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, awardwinning documentary ‘Chasing Ice’ and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special ‘Extreme Ice’. His upcoming film, ‘The Human Element’ is an innovative look at how humanity interacts with earth, air, fire and water, and will be released in 2018.
‘Chasing Ice’ won an Emmy Award in 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards. It has been screened at the White House, in the U.S. Congress, in the U.K. House of Commons, and at the United Nations. It has been the subject of features on the NBC Nightly News, ABC Nightline, The Late Show with David Letterman, PBS’s Moyers & Company, and Real Time with Bill Maher. The film has been seen by millions of people worldwide.
One YouTube video clip from EIS and ‘Chasing Ice’ has so far received over 40 million views online. Websites devoted to the film and EIS have received more than 500 million impressions.
Balog has given one hundred multimedia presentations about the project at the TED conference and at major public institutions, corporations, and universities.
James has been honoured with many awards, including, in recent years, the Duke University LEAF Award, the Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) League Award, and the American Geophysical Union Presidential Citation for Science and Society. James received a Heinz Award in 2010. In 2009, he served as a U.S./NASA representative at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP-15) in Copenhagen. In 2015, he made numerous presentations on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the United Nations Foundation in Paris at COP-21.
‘ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers’, the latest of James’ eight monographs, was published in 2012. Among his other titles are ‘Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest’ (2004), and ‘Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife’ (1990), which were hailed as major conceptual breakthroughs in environmental photography. His work is housed in dozens of public and private art collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Corcoran Gallery, the Denver Art Museum, and the Gilman Paper Company. He has been extensively published in most of the world’s major pictorial magazines, including National Geographic, Life, and Vanity Fair. National Geographic featured the Extreme Ice Survey in 2007, 2010, and 2013.
Muhammed Muheisen is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. He has been documenting the refugee crisis around the world for over a decade and is a National Geographic Photographer and the founder of Everyday Refugees Foundation.
Muheisen was born in Jerusalem in 1981 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science. Since 2001, he has covered major events in the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the funeral of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the US-led war in Iraq, the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, the Yemeni revolution, the Syrian civil war, as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, France, Greece, Macedonia, Germany, Croatia, Austria, New York, the Netherlands, Serbia, South Africa including the funeral procession of the late president Nelson Mandela. He is currently focusing on a long-term project documenting the issue of unaccompanied refugee minors for National Geographic Magazine.
As the former Associated Press Chief Photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan, he covered conflicts across the region and documented major events around the world including Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States of America. He spent four years in Pakistan as AP’s Chief Photographer for the region, and for the last several years has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe.
Muheisen also served as a jury member in the 2016 Picture of the Year International, the 2015 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, the 2013 Visa D’Or for Visa pour L’image and the 2017 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards. He is a member of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award advisory committee at the International Women Media Foundation, the founder and Chairman of Everyday Refugees Foundation and a member of the nominating committee selecting the participants for the annual World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class.
A collection from a decade of his work about life in a war was exhibited in the French photo festival 'Visa Pour L’Image' in Perpignan, France. His work about refugees was exhibited at Festival des Libertes in Brussels, Belgium, his work about displaced people was shown at THE FENCE in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston and Houston, USA and a selection of his work ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ was exhibited at the Angkor Photo Festival. Most recently and for the second year running, his works; ‘Victims of War’ and ‘Faces of Sharjah’ were exhibited at Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, UAE.