Deadline: June 9, 2019
Entry fee: €15 for each photograph
Prizes: €1,000, €3,000, €5,000, Exhibition, Publication
The Malta International Photo Award (MIPA) is a photography award that aims at providing aspiring photographers from all around the globe with the chance to share their passion and world. We strive to connect the world through photography, and showcase the nature and cultures of different regions of the world to a global audience.
MIPA wants to provide international photographers with a deep insight into different approaches towards photography, and we hope to encourage people to push their personal and professional boundaries.
The ‘Malta’ element is an essential part of the conception of this international photo award. The country’s national language, Maltese, is rooted in Arabic but heavily influenced by Romance tongues. The modern people of Malta are descendent from countries in the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Northern European. The islands’ history dates as far back as 3500 BC, bestowing them with an enormous breadth of cultural and artistic heritage. The country is an emerging cosmopolitan home to an ever growing population of expats that have travelled from all over the world to live and work there.
As such, the Malta International Photo Award wants to adopt the Maltese outlook on life – we look outside of the confines of a small island to the rest of the world, and we welcome everyone to join in.
In a world that is often mired with conflict, sport has become a global unifying factor and a symbol of strength and friendship. Different types of sport can test an athlete’s skill, willpower, and endurance, and become an interesting topic for photographers to capture. Whether it is professional or amateur sporting events, photographers are encouraged to cover people of all ages as they test the limits of their bodies.
Technology is the result of humans’ innovative spirit and need to improve their condition by producing goods and services through techniques, skills, and processes. From the creation of the humble wheel in the Neolithic period to the rise of Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century, all these man-made artifacts become the main focus in this category.
Wildlife photography chronicles the way in which wild animals live and interact in and with their natural habitats. No matter how small or big, the animal becomes the main focus of the image in this category. We invite photographers to venture far and wide into the wilderness, and provide the viewer with a glimpse through the eyes of wild animals.
The Cash Prize will be awarded for the top 3 photos from each of the three categories
- First Prize will go to the winning picture: €5,000
- Second Prize will go to the runner-up: €3,000
- Third Prize will go to the third placed picture: €1,000
- The Exhibition Prize will be awarded to the top 5 photos from each category.
- The selected pictures and collections will be exhibited at a prestigious location in Valletta, Malta, during a public exhibition which will be held in February/March 2020.
- The publication prize will be awarded to the top 10 photos from each category.
- The selected pictures will be featured in ‘MIPA Edition 2’, an original high quality publication by the Malta International Photo Award that will be launched in Spring 2020.