$120,000 photo: bird shot wins big bucks in the HIPA Nature competition

Winners from the HIPA Nature 2022 eleventh season
Gannet Storm (Image credit: Henley Spiers / HIPA)

The theme for this year's edition of the world's richest photography competition was Nature, and the winning entries did not disappoint. Each year, the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) offers an extremely substantial grand prize of $120,000 (approximately £98,000 / AU$169,000).

A photo of a gannett seabird swimming in a shower of bubbles, after breaking through the water surface like a live torpedo, won British photographer Henley Spiers, from Exeter, the ultimate prize in this year's eleventh season HIPA.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.