Arash Yaghmaian. Photo © Liam Bailey.

The HIPA foundation has announced that Arash Yaghmaian has won the $120,000 Grand Prize in the sixth annual Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA).

A visual artist who focuses on socio-political and cultural issues, Yaghmaian was born in Iran and now lives in New York City. His winning image, Landfill Ballerina, was made in Guwahati, India, and captures a young girl from the larger Guwahati community searching for recyclable items in a mountain of trash. “The garbage is stacked very high and is very unpredictable—the ground beneath their feet can collapse suddenly. The stench and the fumes from the garbage are strong and heavy, and there are animal feces everywhere and worms swimming throughout this ocean of trash,” Yaghmaian says. “The dwellers’ homes [in the Guwahati community] have no electricity and no running water, and they live in an extremely unhealthy environment, with very little chance of finding a way out.”

When asked what he would do with the prize money, Yaghmaian says he would like to continue focusing on global social issues and to find an agency to help support and drive his work. Additionally, he says, “I would love to go back and help her and contribute something positive to her life. I would just need to find a non-profit organization to help me be able to do that.”

Judges for this year’s competition include Abeed Alani, president of the Union of Arab Photographers; Adrian Sommeling, photographer; Alison Wright, photographer; Bill Marr, creative director of National Geographic; Felix Hernandez Rodriguez, photographer; Kenneth Geiger, photographer and Michael Christopher Brown, photographer and filmmaker.

In addition to Yaghmaian’s prize, Elliott Erwitt was also awarded the $20K Appreciation Award from HIPA.

Related Articles:

Aragón Renuncio Wins $120K Grand Prize in International Photo Contest

 


COMMENTS

MORE POSTS

Update: Hirve, Agusti and Demczuk Win $2,500 Each in Inaugural Women Photograph + ONA Grants

Posted by on Monday July 31, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Gabriella Demczuk documentary photography
Photo © Gabriella Demczuk

Néha Hirve, Luján Agusti and Gabriella Demczuk have each won a $2,500 grant from the inaugural Women Photograph + ONA Grants. Additionally, photojournalist Alex Potter has won $5,000 to collaborate with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The prizes, the first from ONA’s Storytelling Fund, is dedicated to supporting new or in-progress projects from emerging female... More

Johanna-Maria Fritz Wins $5,000 Inge Morath Award 2017

Posted by on Tuesday July 25, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Johanna-Marie Fritz has been named the winner of the 2017 Inge Morath Award, the Magnum Foundation announced today. The award comes with a $5,000 production grant to support a long-term documentary project. Named after one of the first female members of Magnum, it’s awarded annually to a female photographer under 30. Past winners have included Jessica Dimmock, Danielle Villasana, Daniella Zalcman, Isadore Kosofsky, Lauren Pond and... More

Canon Female Photojournalist Award, Other Prizes Announced by Visa Pour L’Image Fest

Posted by on Wednesday July 5, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

The winners of the Canon Female Photojournalist Award, the International Committee of the Red Cross Humanitarian Visa d’or Award and the Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Grant have been announced. These, along with several other photojournalism awards and grants, will be presented in early September 2017 in Perpignan, France. The Canon Female Photojournalist Award of €8000... More