Our Young Achievers: Photography

Shadow Photography pinches the real stuff

Five winners from four Islamic countries were chosen as winners of the September edition of one of the most prestigious contests held under the patronage of the Dubai Crown Prince.

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) had ‘Shadows’ as the theme for the latest contest.

HIPA Secretary General Ali bin Thalith said that a large number of submissions came from international photographers following the organisation’s Instagram Account (@HIPAae) under the hashtag #HPIAContest_Shadows.

Following were the winners:


Instagram @ Name Country
Alsalehphoto Mohammed Al Saleh Kuwait
Riccosuganda Ricco Suganda Indonesia
Shoayb_Khattab Shoayb Khattab Iraq
Ahmad_Akbar Ahmad Akbar Kuwait
Hassandy_14 Hassan Dawood Jasim Bahrain


Mr Thalith said that the photographers were tested with a challenging and complex subject matter in the September Instagram Photo Contest.

“A lot of skills are required from a photographer to creatively display shadows in his/her photographs, and the winners have proven themselves to be some of the best at applying their skills to produce stunning photography. We are encouraged by the healthy number of participations the contest is seeing as we have witnessed over 8000 submissions since the launch in May. Our sincere congratulations go to all our winners and we look forward to more creative submissions next month,” he said.

Tree on the Wall

Kuwaiti photographer and Instagram Photo contest winner Ahmad Akbar said, “This photograph (@ahmad_akbar) was taken in South Korea in 2013 when I noticed the shadow of a tree filling up the whole wall. It looked like a painting. I was lucky to find a monk walking by allowing me to reflect the country’s culture with my visionary painting.”

Ricco Suganda (@Riccosuganda) from Indonesia was also an Instagram Photo Contest winner in September with his photograph taken in West Sumatra, Indonesia.

He said, “I was photographing with friends and was looking through knitted fabrics to use and create light shapes from the Sun, which fortunately achieved the desired results for me. The is the biggest award that I have attained in my career and will motivate me to work even harder in the future.”

The theme for the October edition of the Instagram Photo Contest is ‘Children.’

Entries can be submitted through hashtag #HIPAContest_Children.

About (HIPA):

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

For more information, please visit www.hipa.ae


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