20 photographers to be presented with Merit Medals

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has announced the recipients of the merit medal awards for the recently concluded sixth season of competition ‘The Challenge’. The 20 merit medallists will receive a ‘HIPA recognition award’ as well as a copy of the annual HIPA book which features their photographs as well as other finalist and winning photographs from HIPA’s sixth season. This comes on the back of HIPA announcing the winners of its sixth season of competition ‘The Challenge’ at the annual Awards Ceremony which was held on the 15th of March 2017 at Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai.

Commenting on this announcement, the Secretary General of HIPA His Excellency Ali bin Thalith said, “The HIPA Merit Medal recipients were chosen due to the immense quality of their submissions which also happened to reach the final stages of judging. The HIPA Board of Trustees felt that it was appropriate to present photographers who do well in the judging process with an accolade as a form of recognition and support for their quality work. We wish to encourage photographers to continue in their pursuit for excellence and were thoroughly delighted with the international variety of winners and merit medal recipients. Of the 20 total recipients, 5 merit medals were awarded to photographers who submitted in ‘The Challenge’ category, 5 in the ‘Portfolio’ category, 3 in ‘Digital Manipulation’ and 7 in the ‘General’ category, 4 of which were coloured submissions and 3 ‘black and white’.

HIPA Merit Medal Recipients

image Abdullah Alshathri, Saudi Arabia / Courtesy of HIPA

image Amir Mahdi Najafloo Shahpar, Iran / Courtesy of HIPA

image Andrey Golovanov, Russian-Federation / Courtesy of HIPA

image Arzu Ibranoğlu, Turkey / Courtesy of HIPA

image Debdatta Chakraborty, India / Courtesy of HIPA

image Dhiky Aditya, Indonesia / Courtesy of HIPA

image Fadi Thabet, Palestinian Territory / Courtesy of HIPA

image Fatehi Al Drwysh, Saudi-Arabia / Courtesy of HIPA

image Hussein Mahmoud, Egypt / Courtesy of HIPA

image Jasem Khlef, Canada / Courtesy of HIPA

image Maria Plotnikova, Russian-Federation / Courtesy of HIPA

image }Michelangelo Mignosa, Italy / Courtesy of HIPA

image Mohammad Rokonuzzaman Khan, Bangladesh / Courtesy of HIPA

image Muhammad Alamsyah Rauf, Indonesia / Courtesy of HIPA

image Mustapha Meskine, Morocco / Courtesy of HIPA

image Pablo Lasaosa Vidal, Spain / Courtesy of HIPA

image Saurabhbhai Desai, India / Courtesy of HIPA

image Sulaiman Al Mawash, Kuwait / Courtesy of HIPA

image Xenia Maria Perez Gonzalez, Spain / Courtesy of HIPA

image Yousef Shakar Al-Zaabi, UAE / Courtesy of HIPA

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) recently launched its Seventh Season of Competition themed ‘The Moment’. Further categories and details on the new season will be announced in the coming period.

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