The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award - Submissions Close December 31, 2013

From a media release:

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award
Grand Prize $120,000

* Submissions Open: 21st March 2013
* Submissions Close: 31st December 2013 (Midnight)
* Check out all the categories at this link
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"Building a road or a bridge might take a year or two, but the development of people takes a lifetime" - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the launch of Dubai’s 2015 Strategy

DUBAI - Dubai continues to direct its energy into development and the Dubai 2015 Strategy is a roadmap that charts this sustained effort.

With this in mind H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum established the prestigious ‘Hamdan International Photography Award’. This demonstrates the commitment of Dubai to encouraging and supporting art, culture and innovation. The Award appeals to all talented photographers across the globe, and also nurtures national talent, which will in turn attract international art and cultural attention. The Award highlights how Dubai is fast developing into one of the most artistically conscious and established cities in the world.

During the launch it was announced that this season’s edition of the award will be the biggest of its kind in the world (in terms of prize money) for the second season in succession. The award’s categories will be open to submissions from all around the world and will be looking to build on the success of the second season of competition which attracted competitors from over 120 countries.

The Categories:

Creating the future

The overaching theme for this session will be ‘Creating the Future’. This is a powerful and evocative subject matter which can be interpreted in many ways. From the moment we are born we embark on a journey where the future is continually being created. Whether we are creating the future for ourselves, or for future generations, the endless possibilities and desire to forge tomorrow is a universal pursuit of mankind, whatever the culture.

HIPA is looking forward to receiving entries from all over the world which capture the inspirational nature of the theme.

This category offers photographers the opportunity to express their creativity in their own way. The category offers participants the chance to portray whatever they find inspires them as long as they adhere to the criteria and regulations of the Award.

HIPA is searching for some outstanding pieces of work that inspire and perfectly exemplify the creative process. This category literally embraces any subject matter and encourages photographers to submit entries that are truly outstanding, reflecting the excellence of the HIPA Award.

Please note that black and white photographs will not be accepted for the General Category as there is a Black and White category especially set aside for this.

Black and White
In the early days of photography, photographers had no choice but to shoot in black and white, as it was the only available medium. Then, in the early twentieth century colour photography made its debut to the world. But black and white photography didn’t die off, instead it flourished.

Indeed, the term ‘Black and White’ just doesn’t do this area of photography true justice. Images are not just starkly black and white but instead a subtle graduation of tones of grey or sepia. The wonderful thing about black and white photography is that it generates a feeling of nostalgia that is sometimes unmatched by coloured photography.

Black and white images require strong accomplished graphic compositions and expert use of light which demands photographic skills at their finest. We especially wanted to retain this category in the 3rd session because of inspiring entries in previous sessions which were truly amazing.

Street Life
To feel the energy, the character and the culture of a nation then getting out in the streets is the fastest way to experience this.

The reality of street life is a candid mirror to the world we live in – it can reflect society, capture split-second personal moments or chart history by documenting the buildings, people and details of an era.

This category allows the photographer free rein to express themselves and the world we live in. The work of Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Frank and Paul Strand all recorded street life in varied and inspirational ways. This year HIPA too looks forward to receiving a selection of entries which offer captivating perspectives of street life in thought provoking ways.

From last year's awards show in Dubai: