HIPA 2021-2022 – Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award


Published: Tuesday, 7 September 2021

30 November 2021

Who may enter
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over.

The Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) is an international photography award, founded in 2011 under the patronage of crown prince of Dubai sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid bin Mohammed al Maktoum.

This year, the main theme of the HIPA contest is NATURE.

Other categories are:

• General 
• Portfolio (story telling)
• Portrait

You can submit one photograph per category, except the portfolio category, where you must upload 5-10 photographs.

You can submit photos through the official HIPA website www.hipa.ae

2020 - 2021 Grand Prize Winner

“ Dr. Juliana Ribeiro has just taken off her protective gear for lunch, after 8 hours of continuous work in the Covid-19 emergency room. Clear signs of prolonged and repeated use of this type of equipment appear on her face. Her features reflect great effort and extreme fatigue due to the human commitment to her moral duty.

What grabs you is the hint of sadness in her face as she feels the pain for humanity, as deaths in Brazil exceeded half a million people due to the pandemic. This photo was taken at the University Hospital Clementino Fraga Velho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."

Entry fees
The competition is free to enter.


• GRAND PRIZE: $120,000


1st prize: $20,000
2nd prize: $18,000
3rd prize: $16,000
4th prize: $10,000
5th prize: $6,000

• PORTFOLIO (story telling)

1st prize: $25,000
2nd prize: $22,000
3rd prize: $20,000
4th prize: $18,000
5th prize: $15,000


Black & White
1st prize: $15,000
2nd prize: $10,000
3rd prize: $5,000

1st prize: $15,000
2nd prize: $10,000
3rd prize: $5,000


1st prize: $15,000
2nd prize: $13,000
3rd prize: $11,000
4th prize: $9,000
5th prize: $7,000


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

Competition website
For further information visit the official competition website.