The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has concluded the September edition of the Instagram Photo Contest themed ‘Your Office’. Five winners were announced for the competition, which received submissions under the hashtag #HIPAContest_YourOffice. The contest winners hailed from; Indonesia and Philippines.
HIPA Secretary General, Ali bin Thalith said, “The traditional concept of ‘the office’ is a universal known, but photographers always see through a creative lens, capturing the myriad of locations and settings people define as their work place. Now as the world continues to adapt to the current global climate, businesses and individuals are re-defining and re-imagining what ‘the office’ looks like for them; and our photography community was there to capture it all. We congratulate all our winners and encourage our participants to never stop developing and refining their craft as they too may be the winner in our upcoming editions.”
Our winner from the Philippine Michael John M. Urbano @_michaeljohnurbano said, “I took the photo on January 4, 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival. I saw this woman who was making bags and hats from scratch with the utmost creativity and perfection and selling them to tourists and passerby’s. You could see the motivation and joy she had for her work. I screamed with joy when I found out I won, and immediately called my wife to tell her! It is my first win and in a prestigious international competition no less. It has given me tremendous inspiration to continue developing my passion.”
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Michael John M. Urbano
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