Board Members of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) have today announced the new categories for their second season of competition. ‘Beauty of Light’ will be the title given to this season’s award as a gesture of appreciation by the award’s patron His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the famous scholar Al Hassan Ibn Al-Haytham. This is to commemorate the millennium anniversary of Ibn Al-Haytham’s “Experimental Scientific Method”, which helped revolutionise the science of optics and lighting.
This season’s award will have a total of four categories available for entry, with the overall prize money set to total US $389,000, upon a special request from His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The grand prize of this year’s award will also be raised to the value of US $120,000, which will make it the biggest prize of its kind in the world. The main category “Beauty of Light” will be assigned 3 international winners and 3 Emirati winners, this is designed to support Emiratis that are interested in photography and push them to further their interests in the industry. The three international winners will be chosen from non-Emiratis that either live in the UAE or abroad. This is designed to fulfil the award’s goal of supporting photographers from all around the world.
The “General” category retained from the previous season of the competition will continue to run in the format of three Emirati and three international winners. The Crown Prince also instructed for a new category of competition to be introduced which will be titled “Black and White” and will be open to all black and white photographic submissions. That and the new “Emirates” category will be assigned three overall winners each, chosen from all nationalities. This is designed to increase competition between Emirati and international photographers and bring the best out of both sets of competitors.
There will also be an award for the best research or report dedicated to the field of photography, which will be worth US$25, 000.
A second photography appreciation award will be granted to the person, group or organisation that have contributed positively in photography. The value of the prize will be US$20,000.
The board member also announced the new rules and regulations for the upcoming season of the award. These had been decided upon by the board of trustees with the help of some local and international photographers, to help achieve the best results in terms of practice for the award.
Commenting on the new announcements, the General Secretary of the award Mr Ali bin Thalith expressed that “ the award aims with the support of its patron H.H. Sheikh Hamdan, to advance its photography portfolio during the new season of competition”. He continued that “upon the postiive results achieved in the first season of competition, which led our message to reach 99 countries, that this season’s award aims to improve and reach the whole world with the right efforts in place”.
Al Thalith added that “the generous increase in the value of this season’s award which was made possible by His Highnes Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Crown Prince, had catipaulted the award to the top of the list of international photography awards in terms of prize money”. “This season’s award aims to raise awareness of the art of photography and the critical aspect of viewing all forms of art. These understandings are linked to the research methods and strategies by the great scholar Ibn Al Haytham whose “Experimental Scientific Method” helped revolutionize the field of science for all humanity”.
Sahar Al Zarei , the assistant Secretary General of the award added that “the timetbale of events for this season’s award will help us build bridges and partnerships with many organisations which will help us move forward in a positive direction”. “The award’s position as the largest of its kind in the world and the many fields of competition will raise th profile of the award as a competition and research hub for the entire industry”.
Ali bin Thalith thanked the attending media representatives on behalf of the board of trustees of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award chaired by His Excellency Mr Albdul Rahman Al Owais , Minister of Youth and Social Development. He emphasised the important role that the media played in the overriding success of the first season of competition “Love of Earth”.