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In Pictures: HIPA Photo Contest Winners

For this new edition of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA), a photo competition organized by the Haitian Prince of Dubai, the competitors have surpassed themselves. And among the winners are some nuggets from the Arab world, to be discovered in pictures, and without moderation.

The Hamdan International Photography Award, or HIPA, is an international photography prize, founded in 2011 under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid bin Mohammed al Maktoum. The total annual prize is US$400,000, making it the world’s highest paid photography competition.

This year’s theme was “Clouds”, and to participate, contestants had to be on Instagram under the hashtag #HIPAContest_Clouds. And while the submissions were, as usual, breathtaking, only the few winners will be featured here, as it is the winners who make history.

One finds for example the Egyptian Nader Mohamed Saadallah and his photograph of Lake Bourlos, in the Nile Delta :

 

 

Among the laureates is also the Omani photographer Raya Salim Ali Alhajri, who wins her very first prize. She tells of finding inspiration during a desert hike:

 

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Finally, the Turkish Murat Ibranoglu was also on the list of lucky winners for this simply magnificent picture of a rider riding his horse in Kayseri, in the center of the country:

 

 

For more information, and breathtaking images, go to the hashtag mentioned above!