Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award 2017-2018

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award 2017-2018

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has once again set out to inspire photographers from all walks of life to attain greatness through forward thinking and creativity. They request that photographers, for a short while, forget the past and ignore the future to be fully immersed in ‘The Moment’. Photographers must delve deep into the madness and spontaneity of the present when capturing their photographs for HIPA’s Seventh Season main category.

The four categories for the Seventh Season of this competition are:

  • The Moment
  • Portfolio (Story-Telling)
  • General
  • Time-lapse (video)


Grand Prize – $120,000

The Moment

  • 1st Prize: $25,000
  • 2nd Prize: $20,000
  • 3rd Prize: $15,000
  • 4th Prize: $12,000
  • 5th Prize: $10,000

Portfolio (Story Telling) & Time Elapse (Video) Categories

  • 1st Prize: $15,000
  • 2nd Prize: $12,000
  • 3rd Prize: $10,000
  • 4th Prize: $8,000
  • 5th Prize: $6,000

General Categories (Black and White & Colour)

  • 1st Prize: $15,000
  • 2nd Prize: $12,000
  • 3rd Prize: $10,000

Special Awards

  • Photography Appreciation Award – $20,000
  • The Photography Content Creator Award – $15,000
  • Emerging Person/Organisation in Photgraphy Award – $10,000


  • Participants must be individuals aged eighteen (18) years and over at the time of their submission(s).
  • Participants can be from any part of the world.

Entries Requirements

  1. You may submit up to one (1) photo in each category of the competition including the sub categories under the General category. Except the Portfolio category where you can submit between 5 – 10 photographs, and the ‘Time-lapse: Video category where you are allowed to enter one video submission in the category. You must provide a title and description for each photograph submitted including ones in the Portfolio category.
  2. The same photo must not be submitted in more than One (1) category. Any photo submitted in more than one (1) category will be discarded from the competition.
  3. Submitted photo(s) must be in JPEG format, with high quality and resolution, of a minimum 5 MB in size, the minimum of the longest edge should be no less than 2000 pixel and the quality no less than 300dpi to be suitable for publication.
  4. In the ‘Time-lapse:Video’ category, the accepted video format is MP4, not exceeding 300 MB in size and must be between 30 – 60 seconds in length.
  5. The video should be a high quality HD quality 1920 X 1080 with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The format must be MP4 H264 and 25 fps.
  6. You are kindly requested to upload the original photograph (RAW) or the photograph without any editing on the time of submitting the photograph to the contest. This does not apply the ‘Time-lapse’ category which may require you to send over some original frames of the video at a later date.
  7. Black and white photographs are permitted in all the categories of the Competition except for the Color sub category under the General category.
  8. For the Portfolio category, you are requested to submit a series of photographs on the same subject matter. The number of permitted photographs is minimum 5 and maximum 10 photographs.
  9. All submitted Photos/ Video(s) must not contain any tag(s), signature(s), initial(s), frame, border(s), logo(s) or any other references and/or marks added by the participant. Basic technical editing of the photo(s)/ video(s) is acceptable, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the photo(s). Advanced editing used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations, including compositing and creative retouching of the photo(s)/ video(s)is prohibited. HIPA preserves the right to assess and discard from the competition any submitted photo(s)/ video(s) deemed, at HIPA’s own discretion, contrary to the foregoing.
  10. Photos/ Video(s) that portray or otherwise include inappropriate and/or offensive contents, including nudity, violence and/or any other contents deemed to be contrary to the UAE religious, cultural and/or public morals traditions and practices will be disqualified.
  11. Photo(s)/ Video(s) that have won any previous award(s), whether in any HIPA prior competition(s), or in any other competition(s) whatsoever and announced before October 31, 2017, and/or Photos that have been previously used, or are intended to be used, for any kind of commercial purposes, must not be submitted. Any Photo(s)/ Video(s) submitted in contrary to the foregoing will be automatically and without further notice discarded from the entire Competition.


  • The competition is open for online submissions only through the online registration page.
  • Submissions will be accepted from August 1, 2017 until 24:00 on October 31, 2017, UAE local time, (i.e. GMT +4). No Submissions made after the deadline will be accepted.

For more information, visit HIPA.