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Hope - HIPA’s new theme for eighth season of competition

DUBAI, 13th August, 2018 (WAM) -- The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, HIPA, has announced the categories for its eighth season of competition which will be themed, ‘Hope’. Rounding off HIPA’s categories for the eighth season will be a dedicated video category, which is set to be offered by HIPA for the second year in succession.

The competition’s eighth edition will once again contain four main categories with ‘Hope’ serving as the main theme, along with both forms of the ‘General’ category and the returning ‘Portfolio’ category. ‘Aerial Photography (Video)’ will afford photographers the chance to enter their aerially captured submissions within the various technical specifications and rules presented by HIPA.

Commenting on the announcement, the Secretary-General of HIPA Ali bin Thalith said, "In our previous season of competition, we noticed the positive feedback received as a result of the ‘Time-lapse’ category. Therefore, we wished to continue this momentum for the coming season by once again offering a video category for photographers to showcase their skills. The Aerial Photography category is a bold move for HIPA, but we believe that it falls right in line with current modern shifts in the industry with the prevalence of aerial and drone photo and videography."

"Our main theme, Hope, resembles a natural human instinct shared by the majority of mankind which is reflected in their everyday lives. Hope is a sentiment enshrined in various cultures and traditions past and present and can be one of life’s greatest inspirations. We felt it was important to expand on this inspiration and challenge photographers from all around the world to present photographic works that best represent hope to them and their vision," he added.

Bin Thalith said that the Grand Prize Award for this coming season will be US$120,000. The Grand Prize winning photograph will not be limited to submissions in the main category Hope, but will be awarded to any submission that takes part in the season’s competition.

Submissions for HIPA’s eighth season will be accepted on the official website, The deadline for submissions will be the 31st October, 2018, at 11.59 p.m..


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