Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award – HIPA

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award - HIPA

Opening: August 1, 2019
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: from $6,000 to $120,000

Water will be the main theme of this season

Water may be the oldest and the perfect companion of humankind. Not only is our bodies predominantly made of water, but water is a necessity within our daily lives. From nature to nurture to science and discovery; water is central to our universe.

Photography not only photographs the present, but in time creates a rich archive of the past and even inspires the imagination for the future. Water as a theme provides an endless and provocative subject that captures the photographer’s imagination and inspires an opportunity for photographic brilliance and storytelling.


There are THREE Special Awards for the Ninth Season – ‘The Photography Appreciation Award’, ‘The Photography Content Creator Award’ and the ‘Emerging Person/Organization in Photography Award’.


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.


What is most beautiful is to give the opportunity to compete and win for all people. Mobile photography has become a natural companion in our lives and has evolved over the years to provide a formidable tool that has captured our imagination.

This category keeps pace with the global trend and the millions of images that mobile phones take daily for sharing, recording, discovery and dozens of other purposes.


This category remains a favourite among photographers who have an outstanding eye for photography which may not necessarily fall into any of the other categories on offer.

HIPA continues to offer participants two opportunities to participate in this category, instead of one. With one category open to black and white entries, a classic art form, and the other for coloured entries, giving participants the option to dazzle the jury with their vibrant compositions.


  • GRAND PRIZE – $120,000


  • 1st – $20,000
  • 2nd – $16,000
  • 3rd – $12,000
  • 4th – $8,000
  • 5th – $4,000


  • 1st – $24,000
  • 2nd – $21,000
  • 3rd – $19,000
  • 4th – $17,000
  • 5th – $14,000


Black & White

  • 1st – $20,000
  • 2nd – $15,000
  • 3rd – $10,000


  • 1st – $20,000
  • 2nd – $15,000
  • 3rd – $10,000


  • 1st – $12,000
  • 2nd – $10,000
  • 3rd – $8,000
  • 4th – $6,000
  • 5th – $4,000


  • Photography Appreciation Award – $20,000
  • The Photography Content Creator Award – $15,000
  • Emerging Person/Organization in Photography Award – $10,000

Website: http://www.hipa.ae/en/water-2019-2020/what-s-new


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