The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has concluded the April 2022 edition of the Instagram Photo Contest, Lights. Five winners were announced for the competition, which received submissions under the hashtag #HIPAContest_Lights. The contest winners hailed from; Indonesia, Australia, and Bangladesh.

HIPA Secretary-General, Ali bin Thalith commented, “Light has a special value for all photographers from different schools of photography and specialties. Just small changes in the degree of lighting, angle or reflection take the photo from ordinary to extraordinary. A photo capable of winning and achieving international presence and worthy of praise from the photographer communities. Our participants showing exemplary command of light. We congratulate the winners and invite the rest of the participants to continue to develop their technical and artistic skills and personal confidence in their craft.”

Our winner from Indonesia Ratno Prasetyo @momentumphotoservice said, “I have won photography competitions many times, such as food and games photography as well as sports, but HIPA is my first international award. I hope this win does not satisfy my passion! I think it’s better to keep it burning all the way, that will make me better as a photographer and as a human being too.”

Gaanesh Prasad @gp_canon, our winner from Australia explained, “The photo was taken in Sydney, Australia, when I found a group of kangaroos on the outskirts of Sydney during sunset. The scene forced me to stand aside and get as close as possible, the kangaroo was happy in its mother’s pouch while she was busy eating. The lighting conditions were perfect I caught the shot just in time.”

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