$120,000 photo: fantastic jellyfish close-up wins big bucks in HIPA contest

Winner of the HIPA 2023 grand prize jellyfish
Grand Prize winner of HIPA 2023 (Image credit: Massimo Giorgetta)

Known as the richest photography competition in the world, each year the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) offers a large prize pool to its grand prize and special category winners. This year, the grand prize of $120,000 was won by an unbelievable jellyfish photo.     

The theme for this year's edition of the competition was Diversity which was won by Massimo Giorgetta, a photographer from Italy. His winning image depicted 'a magical 5cm Jellyfish Tunicate that is filled and covered by other marine creatures; like a miniature diverse ecosystem'. The judges described the winning image as 'mesmerizing', showing the diversity of marine life. 

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 

Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.