Creating the future

The overaching theme for this session will be ‘Creating the Future’. This is a powerful and evocative subject matter which can be interpreted in many ways. From the moment we are born we embark on a journey where the future is continually being created. Whether we are creating the future for ourselves, or for future generations, the endless possibilities and desire to forge tomorrow is a universal pursuit of mankind, whatever the culture.

HIPA is looking forward to receiving entries from all over the world which capture the inspirational nature of the theme.


This category offers photographers the opportunity to express their creativity in their own way. The category offers participants the chance to portray whatever they find inspires them as long as they adhere to the criteria and regulations of the Award.

HIPA is searching for some outstanding pieces of work that inspire and perfectly exemplify the creative process.

This category literally embraces any subject matter and encourages photographers to submit entries that are truly outstanding, reflecting the excellence of the HIPA Award.

Please note that black and white photographs will not be accepted for the General Category as there is a Black and White category especially set aside for this.

Black and White

In the early days of photography, photographers had no choice but to shoot in black and white, as it was the only available medium. Then, in the early twentieth century colour photography made its debut to the world. But black and white photography didn’t die off, instead it flourished.

Indeed, the term ‘Black and White’ just doesn’t do this area of photography true justice. Images are not just starkly black and white but instead a subtle graduation of tones of grey or sepia. The wonderful thing about black and white photography is that it generates a feeling of nostalgia that is sometimes unmatched by coloured photography.

Black and white images require strong accomplished graphic compositions and expert use of light which demands photographic skills at their finest. We especially wanted to retain this category in the 3rd session because of inspiring entries in previous sessions which were truly amazing.

Street Life

To feel the energy, the character and the culture of a nation then getting out in the streets is the fastest way to experience this.

The reality of street life is a candid mirror to the world we live in – it can reflect society, capture split-second personal moments or chart history by documenting the buildings, people and details of an era.

This category allows the photographer free rein to express themselves and the world we live in. The work of Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Frank and Paul Strand all recorded street life in varied and inspirational ways. This year HIPA too looks forward to receiving a selection of entries which offer captivating perspectives of street life in thought provoking ways.


Creating the Future 2013-2014

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