World Air Games 2015 Photo Competition

Rules and Regulations

  1. Submissions are open for all attendees of the event which begins on Tuesday the 1st of December 2015 and ends on Friday the 11th of December 2015 at 11 am (UAE Standard Time)
  2. Competitors are permitted to submit a maximum of 3 photographs for each category
  3. Submissions will be accepted exclusively through
  4. Photographs submitted must be of high quality and be suitable for publication. They must also be in JPEG format and be no less than 2 MB in size.
  5. Competitors must follow basic ethical and legal standpoints in their submissions and not violate or offend issues such as human rights or environmental protection.
  6. All submissions must be untagged and free of any form of signature, initial or logo that the photographer may have added.
  7. It is Skydive Dubai and HIPA’s legal right to use all photographs for promotional purposes (Non- commercial). Any promotional work would be done through print, publishing and other forms of written or visual media.
  8. HIPA’s judging panel hold the authority to turn down or reject any submission without having to give notice or explanation to the photographer.
  9. Any submission not adhering to the above rules and guidelines will be deemed ineligible for competition.



"Up Above" Category

Position Prize Money
1st $6,000
2nd $4,000
3rd $2,500

"Down Below" Category

Position Prize Money
1st $6,000
2nd $4,000
3rd $2,500



Who can participate in the competition?

We encourage all individuals to participate; photos should be from the event.

I am a previous winner with HIPA, am I eligible to participate in this competition?

Yes, you are.

What are the fees involved in the competition?

There are no fees whatsoever and the competition is completely free of cost.

What are the categories of the competition?

Two categories:
Up Above’: Photographs taken in air or from aircrafts.
Down Below’: Photographs from the ground and of the activities on the days of the event.

How many photos can submit?

A maximum of 3 photos per category (two categories).

How do I submit photos for the competition?

You can submit photos through the official HIPA website

How can I register for the competition?

Registration is available through the HIPA website; all rules must be read and accepted before registration.

How do I know that my photos have been submitted successfully?

After successfully uploading any photo(s), you will receive a confirmation email.

I have not received a confirmation e-mail, why is that?

Please check your spam or Junk mail folders for any emails from HIPA, and make sure to add to your e-mail safe list.

What are the prizes?

Click here to view the prizes.

Can I participate with a photo that has previously won a HIPA award/competition?

No, you cannot participate with any photo(s) that has already won in past competitions.

Can I participate with a photograph that has been shared on a social media channel such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.?

Yes, that is possible.

Do I have to submit photos taken with a digital camera?

No, you can participate with pictures taken with digital or analogue cameras, but submission must be done digitally online, so film photographs would have to be scanned by the participant before submission.

Can I delete or replace photos that have already been uploaded?

Yes, but deletion and/or replacement of photographs must take place no later than 3 days after the original upload.

What should I do if I am unable to upload my photo(s)?

You should double-check that your photo(s) meet all requirements for submission. The photograph size must be greater than 2 MB and the format needs to be in ‘.jpg’ or ‘.jpeg’ only.

Can I use Photoshop or any other photo-editing software to edit my photo(s)? And what are the limits?

Yes, but it should not affect the authenticity of the photo.

Are panoramic photograph(s) accepted?

Yes, they are.

Can I submit photograph(s) that have been taken before 2014?

No, Not allowed. It should be from the current event.

Can I submit black and white photograph(s) ?

Yes, that is possible.

Do I need a model release form when submitting portrait photo(s)?

Yes, a model release form will be required.