One of the most important subjects that is closely observed within the photography world is ‘Humanity’ - a message that loyally binds the people of this planet together.

Photographing the human race has both a profound and powerful impact in inspiring change such as saving millions of lives from diseases, epidemics and disasters as well as wars and its devastating effects.

A photograph details everything. It has the ability to disturb as well as convey its content to audiences around the world in order to connect to their humanity and awareness.

Can a photo impact society? Are you moved when the depth of humanity touches you and reaches her arms around the globe?

We invite you to share the human spirit through photography, and inspire the world with your story of humanity.

PORTFOLIO (Story-telling)

The Portfolio category returns challenging photographers to showcase their storytelling skills through a series of photographs.

A strong photographic story delves into the heart of a subject matter and leaves no margin for misinterpretation.

A portfolio of photographs allows photographers to capture the hearts and minds of audiences in a way which may not be possible through a single photograph.


This category remains a favourite among photographers who have an outstanding eye for visual compositions that do not necessarily fall into any of the other categories.

Year after year, this category has gained quality and diversity, not to mention numbers, with over a third all entries registered in HIPA.

HIPA continues to offer participants two opportunities to participate in this category; one for black and white entries, to give deserved substance to this classic art-form, and the other for colour entries, giving participants the option to dazzle the jury and viewers with their vibrant compositions.

Architectural Photography

This field of photography is distinguished by a special aesthetic that contributes to its increasing spread and expansion internationally. This art has a direct cosmetic influence on the subjects of photography, as it highlights the evidence of visual gravity hidden in angles that are difficult for the public to notice or capture, it translates the depth of visual manipulation and the harmony of color and concept, and it discusses harmony and contrast in the mosaic of architecture and its various schools.

We launch this category to open the horizons of creativity for those with talent and experience in grasping the aesthetics of engineering details through their lenses, and showing the splendour of interior or exterior architecture with their own perspectives.

We offer you a special opportunity to translate the relationship between the genius of the lens and the uniqueness of architecture.


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Humanity 2020-2021

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