The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) continues to deliver on its vision to nurture photography and encourage enthusiasts to test their skills. In supporting participants in this season’s photography competition ‘The Challenge’ a few participants faced some difficulties finalising their submissions in the week leading up to the competition deadline.

As with any competition that attracts great numbers, HIPA’s registration and online platform has been designed to cater for a high volume of submissions. HIPA experienced an incredible number of participants finalising their registration and uploading their photographs during the final week of the competition, which in-turn placed great pressure on HIPA’s servers. This unfortunately resulted in some participants facing technical difficulties during the submission process in this period.

Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General of HIPA expressed, “We welcome the pressure on our servers, as it reflects the increase and growth of photographers who are picking up their cameras and challenging themselves to master the art-form and submitting into an international competition.”

Bin Thalith continues, “Ultimately, HIPA was established to cultivate and provide a platform where photographers can thrive and succeed in their craft. With this in mind, we are happy to announce that HIPA will be reaching out directly to participants who were unable to complete the submission of their entries by the official competition deadline of 31st October 2016. Once contacted, with our support, they will be provided 72 hours to finalise their submissions.”

Over the coming week, the HIPA team will be investigating communication logged across all platforms including social media and will directly contact members of the photography community that made all efforts in the final week to participate in the competition but were unable to due to technical difficulties.

“We believe members of our photography community who made all efforts to participate in the competition deserve our encouragement and shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to become the next HIPA Grand Prize winner” surmised HIPA Secretary General Ali Bin Thalith.

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