Hamdan Al Maktoum International Photography Award About SDGs to Win $5,000 2019

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The UAE National Committee on SDGs, in collaborations with the Hamdan bin Mohammad Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA), invites all amateur and professional photographers from around the United Arab Emirates and around the world, to showcase their portfolios in the UAE’s SDG Photography Award.

The Categories:

  1. PORTFOLIO (STORY TELLING): The portfolio category renders the photographer’s story telling skill through 5 to 10 photographs. The challenge lies in the details of capturing photographs in separate frames that would tell a story by themselves, complimented by a 100 words short story and connection to a SDG.
  2. PEOPLE: End poverty and hunger in all its forms and ensure that all people can reach their potential in dignity and equality in a healthy environment.
  3. SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH CATEGORY: A single shot can inspire a global change. The world today faces many challenges including lack of decent economic growth, inequalities across society, climate change, peace, and strong sustainable partnerships. Fortunately, there are many solutions that inspire hope for our future. The aim is to capture one frame that inspires global change, for a better world – not only for us today but also for all future generations.
  4. PROSPERITY: Ensure prosperous and fulfilling lives in harmony with nature by providing affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth through innovative industries and infrastructures whilst reducing inequalities and building sustainable cities and communities.
  5. PLANET: Protect our planet’s natural resources and climate for future generations by finding solutions to provide clean water and sanitation across all countries, responsible consumption and production across all sectors, tackling climate changes hands on and protect life below water and life below the land.  
  6. PEACE: Foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies through strong institutional measures, which are free from fear and violence.
  7. PARTNERSHIPS: Implement the agenda through a solid and global partnership and maintain sustainable partnerships for a better world, every day.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Participants must be individuals aged 18 years or over at the time of the Submission(s). PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD will automatically and without further notice discard any Photo(s) that are found to be submitted by a participant that is below 18 years old at the time of the Submission.
  2. You may submit up to one Photo in each relevant category of the Competition, except the Portfolio category (People) where you can submit between 5 – 10 Photo(s); You must provide a title and description for each Photo submitted and a description for the set of photos in the Portfolio category.
  3. The same Photo must not be submitted in more than one category. Any Photo submitted in more than one category will be discarded from the Competition.
  4. Submitted Photo must be in JPEG format, with high quality and resolution, of a minimum 5 MB in size, the minimum of the longest edge should be no less than 2000 pixel and the quality no less than 300dpi.  And to be suitable for publication.
  5. You are kindly requested to upload the original Photo(s) (RAW) or the Photo(s) without any editing on the time of submitting the Photo(s) to the Competition.
  6. For the Portfolio category, you are requested to submit a series of Photo(s) on the same subject matter. The number of permitted Photo(s) is the minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 Photo(s).
  7. All submitted Photos must not contain any tag(s), signature(s), initial(s), frame, border(s), logo(s) or any other references and/or marks added by the Participant. Basic technical editing of the Photo(s) is acceptable, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the Photo(s). Advanced editing used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations; including compositing and creative retouching of the Photo(s) is prohibited.
  8. Photo(s) that portray or otherwise include inappropriate and/or offensive contents, including nudity, violence and/or any other contents deemed to be contrary to the UAE religious, cultural and/or public morals traditions and practices will be disqualified.
  9. Photo(s) (that have won any previous award(s), whether in any UAE SDGS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD prior competition(s), or in any other competition(s) whatsoever and announced before 31st July 2019, and/or  Photo(s) that have been previously used, or are intended to be used, for any kind of commercial purposes, must not be submitted. Any  Photo(s) submitted in contrary to the foregoing will be automatically and without further notice disqualified from the entire Competition.


  1. People: $5,000
  2. Planet: $5,000
  3. Prosperity: $5,000
  4. Peace: $5,000
  5. Partnerships: $5,000
  6. 170 selected portfolios and photo will be published in a book and unveiled at the World Government Summit – SDGs in Action, Dubai, UAE, in February 2020.

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