Antonio Aragón Renuncio's grand-prize winning image, shot in Togo. ©Antonio Aragón Renuncio

$120,000 grand prize winner of the 2016 Hamdan International Photography Award competition. ©Antonio Aragón Renuncio

Antonio Aragón Renuncio of Spain has won the $120,000 grand prize in the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) competition in Dubai. The theme of the competition was “Happiness.” Aragón won the prize for an image of happy kids chasing motorcycle tires outside of an NGO clinic in Togo. Winners were announced yesterday at a ceremony in Dubai.

The HIPA competition, now in its fifth year, is sponsored by Dubai’s crown prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, a 33-year-old photography enthusiast. Previous HIPA grand prize winners include Anurag Kumar of India (2015); Fuyang Zhou of China (2014); and Osama Al Zubaidi of United Arab Emirates (2013).

Winners of $25,000 first-place prizes in other 2016 contest categories were Francisco Negroni Rodgriquez of Chile (General category); Khaled Al Sabbah of the Palestinian Territory (Father and Son category); Hameed Husain Isa of Bahrain (Happiness category); and Steve Winter of the US (Wildlife category). No first place winner was announced in the Wildlife category, but Lynn Emery of the UK won second prize.

Organizers announced second, third, fourth and fifth place awards in each category, with prizes of $12,000, $10,00, $8,000 and $6,000, respectively.

Special awards included the $20,000 Photography Appreciation Award, which went to Oscar Mitri; and the $25,000 Photographic Research/Report Award, won by Don McCullin.

Organizers said more than 80,000 photographs were submitted for the competition. The entries were judged by David Maitland, Frans Lanting, Maggie Steber, Michael Lohmann, Michael Pritchard, Michael Yamashita, Monica Allende, Phillip S. Block and Stephen Mayes.

More information about the competition is available online at the HIPA website.


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