$120,000 grand prize winner announced for HIPA 2018 photo contest

Grand Prize Winner - HIPA 2018 - by Mohamed Alrageb

Syrian photographer Mohamed Alrageb has won the $120,000 Grand Prize in this year's Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum International Photography Award competition. 

His winning shot shows a fellow photojournalist running with an injured child in the aftermath of a car bomb in Aleppo, with his camera still in hand. 

Now in its seventh year, the main theme for the competition was 'The Moment'.

The award was collected from on behalf of Alrageb by Abd Halkadar Habak, the hero seen in the picture, from the Crown Prince of Dubai, Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Already the world's richest photo competition, next year's contest will have a total prize fund rising to $600,000 and will have the theme 'Hope'. Details will be available on the official website.

First prize – KM Asad, Bangladesh
“This is just one group from over 700,000 Rohingyas that have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since 2016. I followed this family for 18 hours on the last leg of their long journey to the refugee camps in the town of Cox’s Bazar.”

Kit Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon 35mm lens Exposure 1/800 sec at f/4, ISO 640 

Second Prize – Paul Nicklen, Canada
In the Ross Sea in Antarctica, an adult emperor penguin is returning to the ice edge for the first time after being at sea for days or even weeks. Despite the long and arduous journey, the penguin will have a belly fully of ice fish and krill for its awaiting chick.

Kit Canon EOS-1D Mark IV with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens Exposure 1/2,000 sec at f/9.5, ISO 320

Third Prize – Maxim Korotchenko, Russia
“This dramatic shot shows journalists desperately running away from a ten-ton truck which has lost control during the 2016 ‘Gold of Kagan’. The rally is held every year near my home in the Astrakhan region of Russia. One of the photographers, seen top right in this shot, was hit and was seriously injured as a result of this accident.”

Kit Nikon D750 with AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens Exposure 1/1,000 sec at f/8, ISO 320

Fourth Prize –  Marcos Furer, Argentina

The ancient and traditional practice of cattle branding is still being used to identify an animal’s owner in Argentina. Burning an identifying mark into the hide of an animal was, until the invention of the tattoo, the only method of marking that lasted the life of the animal. Argentinean cowboys (Gauchos) often use dogs to assist them in forcing the cattle to the area where the branding takes place.

Kit Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens Exposure 1/1,000 sec at f/16, ISO 1600

Fifth Prize – Robu Wu, China
“I got a call in the middle of the night to alert me to this massive landslide some 30km from my home in Guizho Province. There were 20 people trapped under the wall that the rescue workers are trying to lift under the searchlight.”

Kit Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Exposure 1/20 sec at f/6.3, ISO 3200

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