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HIPA announces $120,000 grand prize winner

Antonio Aragon Renuncio was awarded the grand prize at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA), winning $120,000 at the ceremony, which took place at Dubai’s Burj Plaza last night. The Spanish photographer’s winning image, based on the season’s main theme of ‘Happiness’, depicts a group of impoverished Togolese children playing outside an NGO clinic. This marks the fifth edition of a competition which, the organisers say, “was conceived to promote the art of photography by embracing all talents and creative minds in the field from around the world”. In addition to the Grand Prize, HIPA announced 22 more winners across its four categories – Happiness, Wildlife, Father & Son, and General – with five photographers winning prizes in each category and two Special Awards for photographers with a “long-standing commitment to enhancing the art of photography.” HIPA’s overall prize pool totals $400,000. Hameed Husain Isa from Bahrain won first place in the Happiness category, winning $25,000 for his image of two old friends embracing; American Steven Winter won first …


HIPA Awards – General category

Harish Chavda’s image of the British athlete Dwain Chambers, winning a race he never expected to compete in, has won first prize for the General category at the HIPA photography awards in Dubai. Taken at the UK Athletics Olympic trials in Birmingham in 2012, just a few months before the London Olympic Games, the picture offers the redemption and  controversy that has dogged the career of Chambers. The athlete, once regarded as the UK’s premier sprinter, was banned from competing in the Olympic Games, after he admitted using performance enhancing drugs. That year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned his lifetime Olympic ban, deeming it non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. After winning this race, in which he was considered a rank underdog, he competed in the 2012 London Olympics. [bjp_ad_slot] In second place is the Iranian photographer Ali Rajabi Shomali’s photograph of 6th Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. Taken in January 2014, during one of the coldest winters in New York’s history, Shomali captured the city’s pedestrians determinedly crossing a road that is recognisable …


First Place - Rudoi Vladimirovich - Russian Federation

HIPA Awards – Faces category

The Russian photographer Rudoi Vladimirovich won first prize in the Faces category with a portrait of a teenage girl named Stella-Maria. It’s a classicist picture, taken in a photography studio, with the chiaroscuro lighting actively designed to evoke the Golden Hollywood era. Yet Vladimirovich is from a tiny, remote Russian city, and was unable to get a passport to attend the HIPA event. Stella-Maria herself, one gets the impression, could not be further from Hollywood if she tried. Yet everything about her captures why so much art, and so much of popular culture, remains fixated on the female form. “The shadow covering part of Stella-Maria’s face adds to her intrigue, innocence and youth,” Vladimirovich said in a statement. In second place is Kenneth Geiger’s image of Ma Ngua, a 20-year Karen Burmese soldier, taken in 1989, as she guards her post at a rebel stronghold along the border of Burma and Thailand. [bjp_ad_slot] The ethnic Burmese ‘Mon’ army was made up of 3000 soldiers, with more than 100 women fighting. Geiger found her at the end of a long, winding …


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