Check Out the Amazing Winning Images from HIPA's Worldwide Photo Awards


Grand Prize, Life in Color: Freelance photographer Anurag Kumar from India made this image at Holi, the festival of colors, in his home country. He intends to use the $120,000 Grand Prize Award to “get some equipment and lenses” and further pursue his photographic work.
© Anurag Kumar

The fascinating and dynamic city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, played host to the 4th Annual HIPA Awards event earlier this year. Photographers from around the world took part in the HIPA Awards competition—dubbed “Life in Color”—and were honored with both gracious hospitality and generous prize awards. There were also two special awards: a Photography Appreciation Award, presented to Sebastião Salgado, and a Photographic-Research/Report Award, presented to Scott Kelby.

This truly worldwide competition received over 60,000 entries from almost 31,000 participants from 166 countries, representing every continent, so all due respect to the panel of judges. The aim of the HIPA Awards, according to the organizers, is to encourage photographers of all nationalities to pursue their passion for the art and craft of photography and, along the way, further establish Dubai as an international photo hub.

The event began with an impressive outdoor awards ceremony, with images of finalists projected on a huge screen. All in all a very professional and exciting venue and show. According to the winners, who knew they were in consideration for a range of awards, no one knew who the top prizes would go to, which added to the drama of the event.

The following evening saw a lecture by the photographer Reza (whose full name is Reza Deghati), a Fellow of the National Geographic Society, whose compassionate and activist photography and call for universal understanding came through in his impassioned images and talk. (See for more information.)

The next day HIPA organized one-on-ones for the international press with the winners, some of whose images you see here. The event then continued through the week with talks, seminars, and various workshops, making for an engaging and immersive photographic experience for all.

Faces: Black and White, 3rd Place: Chi Hung Cheung from Hong Kong made this photo during the Chinese New Year in Huangnan, China. This was his second year of entering the competition and said that he’d been “encouraged to do so by his photographer friends.”
© Chi Hung Cheung

General, 5th Place: Jaime Singlador is a civil engineer and avid photo hobbyist from the Philippines. He made this photo of children enjoying an afternoon dip at a kawa hot bath sprinkled with leaves in the Western Visayas region of his country.
© Jaime Singlador

Life in Color, 3rd Place: Photo teacher Zeki Yavuzak from Turkey made this image in the town of Aydin, where he found people at work string-drying vegetables to prepare for the coming winter months.
© Zeki Yavuzak


HIPA Fifth Season Photo Competition: “Happiness”
During the event HIPA organizers announced the categories for the 2015-2016 Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award. The competition is open to all photographers. There are four category groups: Happiness (the main theme); Wildlife; Fathers and Sons; and a General category. The Grand Prize is $120,000. There will be 1st through 5th Place prizes for each category, with the “Happiness” category ranging from $25,000 to $10,000 and the other category prizes ranging from $15,000 to $6,000. Submissions are now open, with the final date for submissions being December 31, 2015. For details and submission requirements, visit