Global Photography Award extols National Costumes

Dubai, UAE, December 14, 2018
The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) concluded the November Edition of the Instagram Photo Contest themed ‘National Dress.
The Competition which received submissions under the hashtag HIPAContest_nationaldress.
The contest winners hailed from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Turkey and Singapore. November’s ‘People’s Choice Award’ winner will also receive a brand new SONY Alpha a6300, courtesy of Sony Middle East.
Distinct Identity
HIPA Secretary General Ali bin Thalith said, “National Dress is a distinctive visual identity of different peoples and cultures. Even in one country we find a diversity of traditional costumes that distinguish one region from another. The November Competition was an opportunity for photographers to explore these masterpieces which highlight the unique design and colours of each costume. We congratulate the winners and invite all our photography community to develop their talent and get involved in our upcoming competitions for their chance to be our next winner.”
People’s Choice Winner
Winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ was Nidhal Al Salmi @nidhal_alsalmi from Oman.
He said, “The photograph was taken on April 20, 2018 in a traditional house in Al Hamra in the Sultanate of Oman, where the girls gathered boasting their traditional clothes, looking happy. This first win has given me a lot of motivation and enthusiasm to continue to succeed.”
Hasan Al Taif @altangoo19 from Bahrain said, “The picture was taken at Omdurman in Khartoum, Sudan, in 2018. There were popular dancing parties where women wore traditional Sudanese uniforms. I have won many awards before, but I am happy to win this important Competition. I want to play a role in spreading the true picture of the whole world. This victory supports me in conveying my work and adds an important asset to my career.”

The Winners
1. nidhal_alsalmi Nidhal Al Salmi Oman
2. Hussain Ali Alabdullatif Saudi Arabia
3. altangoo19 Hasan Al Taif Bahrain
4. fdilekuyar Dilek Uyar Turkey
5. tehhanlin Teh Han Lin Singapore

About HIPA
The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is an internationally renowned photography competition. Launched in 2011 by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Award enjoys a social and legal stature as a tool for promoting Dubai’s vision of artistic and cultural excellence.
At a local level, the Award hopes to develop and increase awareness of the art of photography amongst the local Emirati population.
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Nidal Al Salmi, Sultanate of Oman 

Hussain Ali Abdullatif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Hasan Al Taif, Bahrain 

Dilek Uyar, Turkey

Teh Han Lin, Singapore

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