Beauty of Light

Light was adopted as a key element in this year’s award because of its importance in the art of photography. Light can be the difference between a good picture and a wonderful image.

Our understanding of light and our ability to capture it through a camera lens would not have been possible had it not been for the efforts of the scholar Al Hassan Ibn Al Haytham.

His findings and principles in the field of optics, a century ago, helped lay the foundations for modern day photography.

To commemorate the anniversary of his contributions, the grand prize in this year’s Hamdan International Photography Award will be dedicated to the beauty of light in photography, which was greatly influenced by the findings of Ibn Al Haytham.

There shall be no restrictions on what photographers may choose to submit for this category, so long as the influence of light is clearly demonstrated. The winner of the award will be the photographer who successfully illustrates effective use of light in their submission.

Black & White

Black and white photography creates an image of nostalgia that is sometimes unmatched by coloured photographs.

A simple artistic expression in black and white format can set a tone, date and place in history with minimal effort.

A photographer’s ability to deliver a strong and lasting message in black and white is a true testament to the expressive skills they possess.


Rich with culture and history, the United Arab Emirates is home to some of the world’s most amazing and unique landmarks.

In recent years, photographers from all around the world have come to explore the visual riches the Emirates have on offer.

This category was specifically designed for photographers to test their appreciation of the United Arab Emirates and its many icons through photography.

From its unique desert dunes to the sky high towers of the sprawling business districts, photographers are challenged to capture the many wonders found in the United Arab Emirates.

The challenge is also set for photographers to unearth previously undiscovered or unheard of locations and to tell the story of the UAE through the lenses of their cameras.


The general category of the competition was left open for competitors to show off their overall photography skills without any boundaries or restrictions.

Our hope is to generate interest and awareness by making it accessible to all, including the world’s very best photographers.

Competitors are open to submit any photograph they’ve captured which may not be eligible for any of the three other categories.

This category is designed to test the individual creativity of competitors and aims to encourage photographers to express themselves freely.


Beauty of Light 2012-2013

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