International photography winners on exhibit at SM Aura Premier

Mallgoers will have the rare opportunity to view the works of some of the world’s most talented photographers in Life in Color, an exhibit showcasing the winners and finalists of the prestigious Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) at SM Aura Premier until June 3, 2015.

A selection of works by various photographers on exhibit at SM Aura Premier
A joint project of HIPA and SM Aura Premier, the exhibit includes last year’s grand winner, a photograph by Anurag Kumar featuring the splash of colors during India’s Holi Festival. It also includes the works of Filipino photographers Jaime Singlador and Xyza Dela Cruz Bacani. 

The HIPA was founded in 2011 under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. HIPA is now launching its fifth season themed “Happiness” with Wildlife, Father and Son, and General making up the rest of the categories. A grand prize of $120,000 and an overall prize pool of $400,000 await the winners.

 “We are delighted to participate with the HIPA photo gallery in what is proving to be one of the most passionate photographic communities in the world, the Philippines,” HIPA secretary general Ali bin Thalith commented.

 “The gallery and workshops present our largest ever participation in the Philippines and we hope to inspire more Filipino photographers to participate with HIPA and in turn excel in the art of photography,” added the Dubai-based professional documentary film photographer who holds diplomas in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London Academy.

Apart from the exhibit, the event will also have two workshops at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premier by world renowned photography author and HIPA judge Tom Ang, a leading authority on digital photography and winner of the Thomas Cook award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his photography of the Marco Polo Expedition which pioneered the modern Silk Road crossing from Europe to China. Ang’s workshops will be held at the Samsung Hall on May 30 and 31.

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