While recently created, the Hamdan International Photography Award has quickly grown to be one of the most prestigious photo competitions in the world. Last year, over 5,000 photographers submitted images to in the hopes of gaining recognition and winning the large cash prizes.
The prize pool for HIPA 2016 totals $423,000. The first place winner takes $120,000. Additional prizes range from $6,000 to $25,000 covering an array of categories including Street Life, Black And White and Creating The Future.
Each year features new themes and categories for photographers to compete in. This year includes “The Challenge” which calls for “conveying the theme of challenge in a clear manner either in the way the photograph was shot or in its content and subject matter.” Other categories include “Portfolio”, a multi-image storytelling showcase and “General” for images that don’t fit into the subcategories.
As seen in the image above, last year’s Grand Prize winner was Spaniard Antonio Aragon Renuncio which fit the theme of “Happiness.”
In an impoverished village in the West African state of Togo, a group of children play and run behind old motorcycle tyres in the red dusty dirt outside of an NGO clinic. Even though these children were mostly the sons, nephews and children of the patients in the clinic, their smiling faces and noisy joy are the embodiment of pure Happiness
The deadline for submission is October 31, 2016 at midnight UAE Standard Time (UTC +4). The competition has no entry fees, though you are restricted to one entry per category — except for the “Portfolio” category, to which you can submit 5 to 10 photos.
For complete details about the Hamdan International Photography Award, including rules and FAQs, visit the competition’s website at www.hipa.ae.