Nostalgia stirs creativity among photograph contestants

Award-winning entry from Ahmed Obaid Alnaqbi

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Dubai, August 29, 2021

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) of Dubai has concluded the July 2021 edition of the Instagram Photo Contest titled, ‘Nostalgia.’

Four winners were announced for the competition, which received submissions under the hashtag #HIPAContest_Nostalgia.

The winners hailed were from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India and Iran.

HIPA Secretary-General Ali bin Thalith said, “Nostalgia is such a powerful theme that evokes so much contemplative thought and emotions, not only for those looking at the photograph but also the photographer. Nostalgia can make us smile with joy or sadness all at the same time. Like a time-capsule, it can take us back in time or make us reflect on the future. Congratulations to all our winners who continue to nurture their craft and are dedicated to achieving excellence and we encourage all our participants to continue persevering.”

Model life of the UAE

Ahmed Obaid Alnaqbi from the UAE said, “The photo was taken in Masafi – Fujairah (the Old Fort) in January 2021 to highlight the traditions and the simple old model of life in the United Arab Emirates. This is my second win in the HIPA Instagram Contest, and I have previously won many prizes from international competitions. This win will give me more motivation to participate in the competition and do my best to win more prizes.”

 

Submitted by Fahad Abdulaziz Aloudah

(Saudi Arabia) said, “The photo was taken in Trinidad, Cuba, in June of 2019, and the story is that this man is an ex-military who keeps and is proud of the medals awarded to him for his military engagements. 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.”

Photo submitted by Gaanesh Prasad from India

Gaanesh Prasad from India said, “The photo was taken in Port Stephens (New South Wales) in Australia, in March 2016. I felt a connection with the Dubai desert through the scene in the photo and it really made me nostalgic for it. I have won some competitions internationally but winning with HIPA is a special moment in my life that I will cherish for a long time. I 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.”

Ahmad Salehi (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. The character in the photo is an old woman who lives alone in a country house; she passed away in 2017. 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. Success after effort and hard work are beautiful and I feel a sense of accomplishment. I achieved my first goal, and the second is to win the HIPA Grand Prize. I plan to work hard to achieve it one day.”

 

Instagram @ Name  Country                     
uae_uwp Ahmed Obaid Alnaqbi UAE
o_fahad Fahad Abdulaziz Aloudah Saudi Arabia
gp_canon Gaanesh Prasad India
ahmadsalehi.photography Ahmad Salehi Iran

 

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