Fourth HIPA contest open for entries

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Organisers of the annual HIPA competition name the theme for the fourth season as Life in Colour. The official announcement was made at a press conference in Dubai this evening, (18 March).

There are four main categories: General, Faces, Night Photography, and Life in Colour. Photographers are invited to submit one entry per category, which can include black and white photography.

Cash prizes will be awarded to five photographers per category.

This year, the total prize money stands at $400,000, which includes a $120,000 cash prize awarded to a single photographer.

HIPA will also award two special prizes made by invitation: a $20,000 Photography Appreciation Award that recognises a photographer’s commitment to photography, and a $25,000 Photographic Research and Report Award.

The Hamdan International Photography Awards (HIPA) was launched in 2011 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.

Of the long term aspirations for HIPA, photographer and board of trustees member Henry Dallal said: “Our patron, His Highness the Crown Prince of Dubai, is a photographer, and it is his enthusiasm for photography that [drives HIPA]. I hope that HIPA will continue to grow, and attract more and more photographers from all over the world.”

Entry is by online submission only. The competition closes at midnight on 31 December 2014. Visit to find out more and to enter.

Click here to read about last year’s HIPA competition.