HIPA announces November winners of its Instagram Photo Contest

Dated: 11 Dec 2018

 The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has concluded the November edition of the Instagram Photo Contest themed ‘National Dress’. Five winners were announced for the competition which received submissions under the hashtag #HIPAContest_nationaldress. The contest winners hailed from; Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Turkey and Singapore. November’s ‘People’s Choice Award’ winner will also receive a brand new SONY Alpha a6300, courtesy of Sony Middle East.

HIPA Secretary General, His Excellency Ali bin Thalith said, “National Dress is a distinctive visual identity of different peoples and cultures. Even in one country we find a diversity of traditional costumes that distinguish one region from another. The November competition was an opportunity for photographers to explore these masterpieces which highlight the unique design and colors of each costume. We congratulate the winners and invite all our photography community to develop their talent and get involved in our upcoming competitions for their chance to be our next winner."

November’s winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ was Nidhal Al Salmi @nidhal_alsalmi from Oman and he said, “The photograph was taken on April 20, 2018, in a traditional house in the state of Al Hamra in the Sultanate of Oman, where the girls gathered there and all of them boasted their traditional clothes and looked happy. I am very happy with this first win, which gave me a lot of motivation and enthusiasm to continue to succeed. I will continue to increase my knowledge in photography and aspire to reach universality.”

Another winner, Hasan Al Taif @altangoo19 from Bahrain said, “The picture was taken at Omdurman in Khartoum, Sudan, in 2018. There were popular dancing parties where women wore traditional Sudanese uniforms. I have won many awards before, but I am happy to win this important competition since the first participation. I want to play a role in spreading the true picture of the whole world. This victory supports me in conveying my work and adds an important asset to my career."

Full list of winners:


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Nidhal Al Salmi



Hussain Ali Alabdullatif

Saudi Arabia


Hasan Al Taif



Dilek Uyar



Teh Han Lin



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