DUBAI: The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has announced the winners of its most recent Instagram Photo Contest under the theme “Nostalgia.” Photographers hailing from all parts of the world were invited to upload their best pictures on the photo-sharing app with the hashtag #HIPAContest_Nostalgia. The July 2021 contest received hundreds of submissions, but only four photographers were selected as winners.
They are Saudi photographer Fahad Abdulaziz Aloudah, Ahmed Obaid Alnaqbi from the UAE, Iran’s Ahmad Salehi and Gaanesh Prasad from India.
This is my first win with the Hamdan Bin Mohammed International Award for Photography. When I found out I was a winner, I was very happy and did not believe it. I aspire to be the HIPA Grand Prize winner. It gave me a strong morale boost to move forward in my photography career,” said Aloudah, who’s photo taken in Trinidad, Cuba in 2019 of an ex-military proudly donning his medals won over the judges.
Alnaqbi, who aimed to highlight the traditions and the simple old model of life in the UAE with his photo said: “This win will give me more motivation to participate in the competition and do my best to win more prizes.”
The photographer submitted a photo of an Emirati man and woman wearing traditional outfits at Fujairah’s Masafi Fort.
Prasad, who has won international accolades for his photography admits he “felt on top of the world when I saw the announcement on Instagram. Photography is my passion and I enjoy every moment of capturing the beauty of places, nature and streets. Winning the competition gave me a great motivation to discover more in the world of photography.”
For his part, Salehi was selected as a winner for his photo of an old woman, who passed away in 2017, who lived alone in a country house in Iran.“The photo was taken in 2013 in Miandashtar-Isfahan, Iran, while working on a social documentary film about the lives of the people of that region,” he explained. “I participate in almost all HIPA competitions and have reached the final stage several times, so winning made me very happy and was such a great experience for me.”