Winners announced for January HIPA Instagram Photo Contest 2017

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has announced the winners of January's Instagram Photo Contest.

January's theme was 'Teaching' and six winners, from 5 different countries, were crowned winners. The winners will receive their ‘HIPA Recognition Awards’ in the coming days.

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Seastre, who is a telecoms engineer by profession, revealed that his photograph was taken in May of last year in his hometown in the Philippines. He said, “There’s such a great story to tell with this photograph, which I am very connected to on a personal level. I have decided to name this photograph ‘Determination’ because I believe it shows the child’s aspirations and hard work and that particularly brings back a lot of memories for me at a younger age.”

Another winner, Omani photographer Ahmed Al Hashami, whose photograph is of his younger brother practising his maths times tables on a wall, said: “This is my first time winning any sort of photography competition. I am both very happy and motivated to go and shoot more photographs and hopefully do even better in the future.”

When asked about his chance encounter with his brother writing on the wall, he said: “Upon coming home from work one day, I caught my brother practising his maths times tables on our house wall. Annoyed at first, I asked him to remove it but he managed to run away without doing so. A few minutes later, he was back writing on the wall and I figured it’d be quite a nice photo to capture, and that I did! In a way, I wouldn’t have been able to win without the help of my mischievous brother.”

The theme for the February edition of the Instagram Photo Contest will be ‘Red’. Entries can be submitted through the hashtag #HIPAContest_Red.



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