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Deadline: December 31, 2014
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2014 HIPA photography awards

2014 HIPA photography awards The 2014 HIPA photography awards is now accepting entries. Within this season’s Life in Colour theme there are four opportunities to showcase your eye for detail: these are:
LIFE IN COLOUR: The beauty of life is its colour. From fresh cooling blues, calming terracotta hues, deep rich reds to vibrant sunshiny yellows, colour has the ability to alter our psyche. They can bring a warming glow into a dull day and turn the corners of our mouths upwards. Colour speaks of the people, places, animals, plants and consumables that play a starring role in our everyday lives. Colour can add a splash of drama. It can be muted and emulate the calmness within. It has the ability to say so much more than just its one or two-worded name. Bright white can speak of freshly painted walls, teeth within a tanned face, or clean laundered bed sheets blowing in the breeze – each one depicts a very different story. But what does ‘Life in Colour’ say to you? That’s up for your creative mind to decide.

General / Entrants’ choice:  If you had to choose just one piece of work to reflect your passion for capturing life through a lens, which photograph would you submit? This category gives you the opportunity to enter a truly outstanding piece of photography that best exemplifies the excellence of the HIPA awards. It’s completely open, embraces all subject matters, removes boundaries and offers participants the chance to choose work that reflects their style as long as they adhere to the criteria and regulations of the Award.

Faces: People are a fascinating subject matter. Laughter lines of experience, smiling shining eyes that express a moment of gratitude, a mouth left wide open in awe – the human face can speak to the soul, address your mind and captivate your heart. We invite you to explore emotions, capture someone’s compelling story, and evoke the attitude, personality and essence of people who have inspired you to pick up your camera and record our great rich and varied lives.

In this category we encourage you to use black and white photography to maintain the authenticity of the beauty of life, and portray the finer details that make each one of us so special and unique. The use of black and white demands accomplished compositions and expert use of light: this is a true test of your ability.

Night Photography: Night time can bring still, starry calmness, the hustle and bustle of people leaving work and heading home, a blank canvas for celebratory fireworks, roaring campfires and the shining lights of traffic. It offers mysterious shadows to hide in. Speaks of secrets waiting to be discovered once light arrives. The dark veil of night provides a romantic light to capture a glimmer of beauty. There’s something truly magical about it. This category gives you the chance to play with your creativeness, reveal the beguiling charm of the night and offers you the perfect opportunity to shine.

You may submit up to one (1) Photo in each category of the Competition. You must provide one (1) title for each Photo.

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is an independent award established in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, in order to encourage and spread the culture of photography across the world.

Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Grand Prize $120,000

"Life in ColoUr" Category
1st $25,000
2nd $20,000
3rd $15,000
4th $12,000
5th $10,000

"General" Category
1st $15,000
2nd $12,000
3rd $10,000
4th $8,000
5th $6,000

"Faces" Category
1st $15,000
2nd $12,000
3rd $10,000
4th $8,000
5th $6,000

"Night Photography" Category
1st $15,000
2nd $12,000
3rd $10,000
4th $8,000
5th $6,000
"Special Awards"

Photography appreciation award (Personal, Group or Team Award) $20,000
Photographic Research/Report Award $25,000 ELIGIBILITY: Open to All / 18+

Submitted Photo(s) must be in JPEG format, with high quality and resolution, of a minimum 2 MB in size and suitable for publication Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Submitted Photo(s) must be a single work of original material created and/or taken by You, must not contain any materials owned or controlled by a third party for which You have not obtained a license, must not infringe the copyright, trademark, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity. USAGE RIGHTS: Upon making Your Submission, You grant to HIPA, a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty free, sub-licensable right and license to use, publish, reproduce, display, perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works, distribute, have distributed, print, promote Your submitted Photo(s), in whole or in part, in any form, in all media forms now or hereafter known, anywhere in the world for any purpose, related to the Competition, the publication in HIPA promotional digital and/or printed materials and formats broadcast such as on HIPA magazines, printed leaflet and brochures, HIPA website and/or through other public online feeds, promoting subsequent competitions and/or the work of HIPA generally.

If You have been announced as a winner of the Competition (in any category), You grant to HIPA, a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty free, sub-licensable right and license to use, publish, reproduce, display, perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works, distribute, have distributed, promote Your winning Photo(s), in whole or in part, in any form, in all media forms now or hereafter known, anywhere in the world and for any purpose, including but not limited to: display at a potential exhibition of winners, publication of a book featuring select entries in the Competition, publication in HIPA materials and/or online highlighting entries or winners of the Competition, and promoting the work of HIPA generally.

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