Dated: 12 Aug 2020

 The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has concluded the July edition of the Instagram Photo Contest themed ‘Summer’. Five winners were announced for the competition, which received submissions under the hashtag #HIPAContest_Summer. The contest winners hailed from; United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Iran. 
HIPA Secretary General, Ali bin Thalith said, “Summer is one of the most visually distinct seasons in terms of the nature of fun activities and hobbies that people share. Summer photos are inspired by joy, which has been a positive and necessary emotion given the recent restrictions we have experienced as a global community. It wasn’t a surprise to see water featured in many of the photographs to represent the joy of summer; these elements together attract the lens to capture beautiful compositions worth of attention. Congratulations as always to our talented winners, and we look forward to even more of our community getting involved in next month’s competition.”
The Emirati Winner Salem Sarhan Al Sawafi @3s_photographer from United Arab Emirates, said, “I took the photo on my father's farm, where my brothers and I were in an empty area far from the hustle and bustle of the city. I came up with the idea of shooting with drones while we played ball in the soap-filled court, which is characterized by summer colors that fit the theme of the competition.
I have previously won in other competitions such as the Sheikh Zayed Mosque competition and the Khalifa International Award for Dates and Palms. I aspire to be one of the best photographers in the Emirates and the world and to raise the flag of my country high in international forums. I thank HIPA for its continuous support of photographers, which is one of the most popular competitions that a photographer wants to win because it makes the photographer known more among photographers.”
The Indonesian winner, MUHAMMAD ABDUL MUJIB @ferdychoky said, “The photo was taken in Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida Island, Bali in October 2019, while on a trip with some friends to discover the beauty of Indonesia. This photo proved that my country is truly beautiful, and makes me even more proud that I was born here.
I previously won in a local competition on social media, but winning with HIPA has been my biggest achievement and it was such a great surprise because I found out I was a winner on the night of Eid Al-Adha; and this cannot be explained in words.”
Instagram @ Name Country
3s_photographer Salem Sarhan Al Sawafi UAE
ferdychoky MUHAMMAD ABDUL MUJIB Indonesia
ganjar_mustika Ganjar Mustika Indonesia
sonambelas Sander Sonambela Indonesia
hadis_faghiri Hadis Faghiri Iran
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