HIPA disqualifies two winning entries

The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) Board of Trustees has announced the disqualification of two winning entries from the first edition of the award, which was held recently under the theme “Love of the Earth”, after they were found to have clearly violated the rules of the competition.

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Published: Wed 25 Apr 2012, 8:35 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:59 PM

Following the disqualification of the two winners, the runners-up in the respective categories were declared as the new winners. Moreover, the disqualified entries were also removed from the publication featuring the winning photographs and were replaced by the winning entries of the new winners.

Sahar Al Zarei, Assistant Secretary General of HIPA, explained that the decision to disqualify the entries was based on specific data and was taken after a thorough investigation. Al Zarei pointed out that the two contestants did not intend to violate the rules of the award which clearly state that photographs which have previously been submitted for other international competitions cannot be submitted. The rules state that all entries must be specifically created for the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award. This underlines the fact that HIPA stresses on the element of credibility rather than emotional considerations.

The two disqualified contestants are Saud Al Faisal from Bangladesh who won first place in the International Award Category of the ‘Love of Earth’ Pivot; and Pier Paulo Metica from Italy who won second place in the International Award Category of the ‘General Pivot’.

Al Zarei further clarified that the photographs of the two new winners were selected from the list of finalists based on the same rules and standards. The new winners are Ayman Rashid from Kuwait who won third place in the International Award Category in the ‘Love of the Earth’ Pivot and Fakhiro Islam from Bangladesh in the International Award Category in the ‘General Pivot’.

Al Zarei expressed regret for the delay in issuing the publication, which will feature the entries of the 200 participating finalists, and will be used to promote HIPA’s future editions locally and internationally. Al Zarei also revealed that the new edition of the publication, which also includes latest news on the winners and their winning photographs, will be available in the coming few days.



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