HIPA Photo Competition “Humanity”

HIPA Photo Competition “Humanity”

Deadline: January 31, 2021
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: from $5,000 to $120,000

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.

Participants must be individuals aged eighteen (18) years or over at the time of the Submission(s).

You may submit up to 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).



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.

Special Awards

  • The Photography Appreciation 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.
  • The Photography Content Creator Award
    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.
  • Emerging Person/Organisation In Photography Award
    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.


  • Grand Prize – $120,000
  • Humanity
    1st – $20,000
    2nd – $18,000
    3rd – $16,000
    4th – $10,000
    5th – $6,000
  • Portfolio (Story Telling)
    1st – $25,000
    2nd – $22,000
    3rd – $20,000
    4th – $18,000
    5th – $15,000
  • General
    Black & White

    1st – $15,000
    2nd – $10,000
    3rd – $5,000
    1st – $15,000
    2nd – $10,000
    3rd – $5,000
  • Architectural Photography
    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


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