HIPA International Photography Award

HIPA International Photography Award

Dubai continues to direct its energy into development and the Dubai 2015 Strategy is a roadmap that charts this sustained effort. With this in mind H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum established the prestigious ‘Hamdan International Photography Award’. HIPA encourage all individuals over the age of 18 from all over the world to participate.

Hope will be the main theme of the season. There are three Special Awards for the eighth Season and they are; ‘The Photography Appreciation Award’, ‘The Photography Content Creator Award’ and the ‘Emerging Person/Organisation in Photography Award’. You can submit one photograph per category, except the portfolio category, where you can upload 5-10 photographs.

The Award appeals to all talented photographers across the globe and also nurtures national talent, which will, in turn, attract international art and cultural attention. The Award highlights how Dubai is fast developing into one of the most artistically conscious and established cities in the world.

Provided By: The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is an international photography award established in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, in order to encourage and spread the culture of photography across the world.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: USD $450,000
  • Number of Awards: 22
  • Requirement: Upload 5-10 photographs
  • Submission Categories: HOPE, General, Portfolio and the Aerial Photography (Video)
  • Application Deadline: 31 October 2018 at 11:59 pm (UAE local time)

Who May Enter:

  • Participants must be individuals aged eighteen (18) years or over at the time of the Submission(s).
  • You hereby certify that you are eighteen (18) years old or older at the date of submitting your Photo(s)/Video(s) to the Competition. You further understand and agree that HIPA will automatically and without further notice discard any Photo(s)/Video(s) that are found to be submitted by a participant that is below eighteen (18) years old at the time of the Submission.

Application Procedure:  

The Competition is open for online submissions only (the Submissions), through the Competition online registration available at https://members.hipa.ae/Account/Register

  • Other categories are; General, Portfolio and the Aerial Photography (Video).
  • The General Category will have two subcategories “Colour” and “Black and White”.
  • Participants are allowed to submit a Black and White Photograph in all categories except the ‘General – Colour’ subcategory.
  • Submitted Photo(s) must be in JPEG format, with high quality and resolution, of a minimum 5 MB in size, the minimum of the longest edge should be no less than 2000 pixel and the quality no less than 300dpi to be suitable for publication.
  • Participants are requested to submit the raw/original camera files at the same time of submitting their photographs.
  • Finalists in the ‘Aerial Photography (Video)’ category will be required to provide sample photographic/video material to prove the authenticity of their submissions.
  • In the Portfolio category, participants are required to submit 5-10 photographs of the same subject matter as part of their submission.

Award Description:

The program will award a grand total $450,000 to winning candidates.

1). Grand Prize $120,000


  • 1st $25,000
  • 2nd $20,000
  • 3rd $15,000
  • 4th $10,000
  • 5th $5,000

2). Portfolio (Story Telling)

  • 1st $20,000
  • 2nd $18,000
  • 3rd $16,000
  • 4th $14,000
  • 5th $12,000

3). General

Black & White

  • 1st $15,000
  • 2nd $12,000
  • 3rd $10,000


  • 1st $15,000
  • 2nd $12,000
  • 3rd $10,000

4). Aerial Photography (Video)

  • 1st $16,000
  • 2nd $13,000
  • 3rd $11,000
  • 4th $9,000
  • 5th $7,000

5). Special Awards

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

Official Website

If you have any question, contact info@hipa.ae and they will try our best to assist you.

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