This Malaysian photographer won the $120,000 HIPA grand prize in its eighth season of ‘Hope’.
Recently, the winners of the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) in its eighth season ‘Hope’ have been announced at the Dubai Opera House. This year’s grand prize was grabbed by the Malaysian Photographer named Edwin Ong Wee Kee with a photo from Vietnam. Hipa was attended by dignitaries and members of the photography community, held at the Dubai Opera.
This photography award was founded under the patronage of the crown prince of Dubai Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid bin Mohammed al Maktoum in 2011. The annual total prize money is $450,000 US Dollars, the largest prize among the photography awards. The contest doesn’t require fees, age barriers, photographic status, gender, and nationality.
The Malaysian photographer takes home the grand prize of $120,000 after documenting an intense humanitarian moment. The photo featured a Vietnamese mother whose speech disorder did not prevent her from feeling hopeful and evoking a sense of strength for her children.
According to Edwin, he loves to travel by his camera and when he pulled over on the side of the road while in Vietnam, he captured this moment using his Nikon D850 and 80-400mm lens.
Hipa offers different them for photographers such as general, portfolio categories, this year being that of Hope, and an aerial video category. HIPA demonstrates the commitment of Dubai to encouraging and supporting art, culture, and innovation.
A ‘Photography Appreciation Award’ was awarded to British photographer Tim Flach, the ‘Photography Content Creator Award’ to Tom Ang, and ‘Emerging Person in Photography Award’ award to Emirati photographer Yousef Al Habshi. The theme for next year’s awards was revealed as Water.