The HIPA foundation has announced that veteran photojournalist Elliott Erwitt has won the sixth annual Appreciation Award from the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA). The announcement was made in advance of an awards ceremony on Wednesday for the HIPA competition, which provides over $400K in prizes and grants to photographers. The competition is sponsored by Dubai’s crown prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, a photography enthusiast.

Erwitt, 88, is best known for his black-and-white photographs of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings, as well as portraits of 20th century icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Che Guevara and John F. Kennedy.

“After my long career in photography, it was most surprising and gratifying to receive the HIPA Appreciation Award,” Erwitt says. “It is especially rewarding to be in the company of my esteemed colleagues.” Past winners include Steve McCurry, Sebastião Salgado, Don McCullin and Oscar Mitri.

Erwitt indicated that the prize money will go towards his current activities, which include the preparation of his book about Cuba, to be published in Fall 2017, along with exhibitions following the release.

Additionally, HIPA has announced that the Bait Al Zubair Foundation, based in Oman, will receive the Photography Research/Report Award. The Bait Al Zubair Foundation was created with the mission to enrich and encourage arts and photography in Oman.

“The beneficial value of what our special award recipients contributed to the art of photography is priceless in today’s day and age,” says the Secretary General of HIPA, Ali bin Thalith. “I am sure that the photographic community around the world will continue to appreciate the achievements of these pioneers and be inspired to achieve similar feats in the future.”

Erwitt and the Bait Al Zubair Foundation will be honored at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 15 in Dubai, when all the winners of HIPA’s sixth annual competition will be announced.

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