One of the OVI team recently went out to Dubai to see the magnificent award ceremony and celebrations around the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, or HIPA, a massive photo competition running for its 4th year, which for 2014-15 was titled ‘Life in Colour’.
This is quite a competition, certainly one of the world’s most prestigious, as it attracted over 60,000 images from 30,878 photographers from 166 nations. The grand prize for the winning photographer is a whopping $120,000, but with category prizes of $25,000. In total the prize fund, generously donated by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and patron of HIPA, who himself is a talented and keen photographer, totaled a whopping $400,000!
At the ceremony, H.E. Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General of the HIPA competition said, “Four years have passed since His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched HIPA as an initiative to actively support those dedicated artists and enthusiasts who chose life as their limitless canvas, and the lens as their colorful paintbrush through which they convey the true beauty and power of photography”.
Here we show the Grand Prize winning image by Anurag Kumar from India: “Each year, India witnesses an unprecedented wave of vibrancy and colour during Holi, the festival of colours, celebrated throughout the country. The photo could have been restricted to a red and yellow affair, had it not been for the man throwing a handful of blue powder which made all the difference. The seated worshippers in the photo, seem to be letting the barrage of colours layer them, which adds to the uniqueness of this photograph.”
Here we show the Grand Prize winner from this year’s competition.
To find out about next year’s competition, entitled ‘Happiness’, click on the HIPA website link below.