HIPA announces June winners of its Instagram Photo Contest

  • Cityscape Photography was the theme for the June edition

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has concluded the June edition of the Instagram Photo Contest themed ‘Cityscape’. Five winners were announced for the competition which received submissions under the hashtag #HIPAContest_Cityscape. The contest winners were hailed from; UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Turkey and Philippines. June’s ‘People’s Choice Award’ winner will also receive a brand new NIKON D7200 SLR, courtesy of Nikon Middle East & Africa.

HIPA Secretary General, His Excellency Ali bin Thalith said, “Cityscape is a challenging yet satisfying photography field. It requires the photographer to compose a unique angle amongst the structures that come together to create a cityscape. It’s the ability to provide a new perspective on a city that makes this art-form so challenging. It was positive to see our Gulf photographers excel in this edition, and we continue to encourage our photography community to continue participating in our upcoming edition.”

June’s winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ was Fatih Özdemir @fatih_mehmet_ozdemir from Turkey and he said, “The photo was taken in 2015, showing the Sulaymaniyah Mosque, one of the most important monuments of the Ottoman Empire, and a man on his way to the mosque. The fumes of the stoves were mixed with the sunlight. This is my first time as a winner;  so happy. I am very passionate about photography, I realize the importance of winning photography competitions for my career and consider this as a turning point. I always strive to discover and capture unique images.”

The Emarati winner, Abdalla Albuqaish @abdullalbuqaish said, “It was not difficult to put the Burj Khalifa in the middle of the Dubai Frame and I was very happy with the final result. This is my first time as winner in a social media photo competition. I feel happy and honoured. I shoot nonstop because I know that knowledge is limitless. Winning is the best proof of excellence in the photography profession, and gives me more support from friends and the community.

Full list of winners:

Instagram @ Name Country
abdullalbuqaish Abdalla Albuqaish UAE
fatih_mehmet_ozdemir Fatih Özdemir Turkey
ibrahimography Ibrahim Almulhim KSA
salmanalhajri777 Salim Al Hajri Oman
alexramat Alexander Ramat Philippines
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