The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) competition is open through October 31 for entries. HIPA has announced that the overall theme of its sixth season is The Challenge. This year brings new categories as well: General (subdivided into colour and black and white), Digital Manipulation, and Portfolio. The Portfolio category is intended to allow photographers to tell a story by submitting a sequence of images.
Bin Thalith, HIPA’s Secretary General, commented on the categories: “Following the emotive and heart-warming theme of Happiness, we now hear a strong call in the The Challenge theme, which seeks to mobilise our mental skills, visual memory and creativity to produce powerful and effective visual expressions that go beyond the single photo format and further delving into a sequence of photos that is completely different in nature and requirements from the single photo shot. This Portfolio category tests the story telling capabilities of our photographers. In recognition of the great technological leaps that aim to liberate photographs from the limitations of physical reality by alterations and manipulation, HIPA now opens the door for the imagination of photographers by offering a Digital Manipulation category. However, the General category will continue to be a space for pure creative photography that breaks all formats and norms, offering photographers the opportunity to freely sail on their own journey of discovery where no one else has been – whether it be through black and white or colour photography.”