HIPA announces October winners of its Instagram Photo Contest

Dated: 21 Nov 2018

 The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has concluded the October edition of the Instagram Photo Contest themed ‘Urban’. Five winners were announced for the competition which received submissions under the hashtag #HIPAContest_Urban. The contest winners hailed from; Philippines, Indonesia, India and Iran. October’s ‘People’s Choice Award’ winner will also receive a brand new Canon EOS M50, courtesy of Canon Middle East.


HIPA Secretary General, His Excellency Ali bin Thalith said, “The selection of contest topics has a great role in activating the details skill in the imagination of photographers. In October, we experienced the city's photographic images, with its rhythm, noise and overpopulation, with its features that many may not notice because of habitual or preoccupied focus on the pace of daily life. The competition gave us a bouquet of the most beautiful pictures of the pulse of cities from different countries of the world. We congratulate the winners and invite the rest of the participants to develop their participations in the upcoming versions to enhance the chances of winning."

October’s winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ was Joebel Garcisto @joebel_garcisto_photography from Philippines and he said, “It was the first time I traveled alone and in my mind a specific goal, an unusual picture taking. As I walked through Monster Building in Hong Kong, I imagined the idea of the picture. I asked a tourist who was taking pictures too, to be the subject of my picture. This was my first winning and as he came in this prestigious competition, it gives me a lot of self-confidence and energy to do more. Travel enhances creative opportunities for photography and I advise photographers to raise their ambitions and work hard to achieve them.”

Another winner, Gerdie Hutomo Nurhadi@gerdiephotography from Indonesia said, “The photo was taken in the Udaiba Area in Tokyo, Japan. I wanted to take a picture of the daily life in this building, so I waited until I was lucky to have two people talking on the mobile phone. I was thrilled to have won a well-known international award. I aspire to travel around the world and take pictures of people's daily lives in towns and villages. Winning this competition has enabled me to appear in the communities of photographers locally and internationally and the number of friends from photographers has increased. This is very positive."


Full list of winners:


Instagram @



 joebel_garcisto_photography _

Joebel Garcisto



Eduardo Sibuan Seastres



Gerdie Hutomo Nurhadi






Amir Hossein Kamali


Share on Facebook