The Secretary General of HIPA, HE Ali bin Thalith / Courtesy of HIPA
Commenting on the new awards, the Secretary General of HIPA, His Excellency Ali bin Thalith said "The 20 merit medals we are set to give out are a testament to the quality of photographs submitted in our fourth season of competition ‘Life in Colour’." “Many finalist photographs for this season were of such a high caliber that the HIPA board felt that they must be recognized in some way, and hence the concept of the Merit Medals was unanimously agreed upon.” “We hope to build on the quality of submissions we have had this season with more quality photographs in the coming seasons of HIPA."
All winners of the fourth season of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) are set to be announced at the 4th annual awards ceremony under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai on the March 16, 2015 at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
With a grand prize of $120,000 and an overall prize pool of $400,000, the categories for the 4th season of HIPA is ‘Life in Colour’ (which also serves as the main theme), ‘General’, ‘Faces (Black & White)’ and ‘Night Photography’.