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Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award announces the “Global Perspective on Photography”

The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) today announces – in partnership with the World Photography Organisation (WPO) – the upcoming launch of  the “Global Perspective on Photography”, an international photography showcase that will be held from 16 to 19 March, 2016 under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. The announcement took place at a press conference at HIPA’s head offices, in the presence of His Excellency Ali bin Thalith, Secretary General of HIPA, Mr. Scott Gray, Founder and CEO WPO, and Ms. Zelda Cheatle, Head Curator of the large-scale exhibition.

The “Global Perspective on Photography” will showcase museum-quality international works by many of the most celebrated working photographers today, alongside some of the greatest works of the 20th century. Transcending boundaries between form, technique, and geographic region, the “Global Perspective on Photography” will foster dialogue on global photography from different cultures around the world while casting a light on the common cultural exchanges that define this art form.

Nineteen international curators will bring together works from 25 countries in a seamless visual experience that celebrates the harmony and diversity of global photography, in a presentation unique to this inauguration and a photography platform of this scale. Guided by the curatorial vision of Head Curator Zelda Cheatle and other world-renowned curators, including Martin Barnes (UK & Ireland), Els Barents (Belgium & Holland), Mariko Takeuchi (Japan), and Jassim Al Awadhi (UAE), visitors will witness the evolution of photography over the last two centuries and across the globe.

H.E. Ali bin Thalith, Secretary General of HIPA, commented, “HIPA is proud to be bringing to life this pioneering and unique showcase, allowing us to gather in one place the work of some of the most talented photographers from the UAE and around the world. By celebrating the skill and artistry of these masters of their craft, both contemporary and classical, HIPA aims to bring a photography perspective of unmatched scale and quality to the region, creating an international moment within the heart of Dubai.”

“This inaugural event forms part of HIPA’s wider ambition to create a “Dubai Photography Season.” Inaugurated days after our Grand Event and alongside an expanding series of unique and bold photography workshops, the month of March will begin to see the evolution of a broad series of photography-led events that will put Dubai’s photography scene on the international map.”

Scott Gray, Founder and CEO of WPO, said “Photography warrants a unique platform to showcase itself and drive its position forward within the global art community.  As such, the World Photography Organisation is delighted to be able to work with HIPA on producing this exceptional exhibition, bringing together some of the greatest photography in the world through 19 leading international curators, and celebrating this fantastic medium.”

The “Global Perspective on Photography” has been created by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) to promote Dubai as a hub for local and international photography and to nurture photographic excellence through educational programs, events and workshops. It will provide a new cultural moment on the world’s art calendar, while cultivating appreciation and fostering dialogue in the region.

This international photography showcase will take place from 16 – 19 March 2016 in Dubai, and will be held in a ‘temporary museum’ purpose-built in the Dubai Design District (D3). Bringing together photography professionals, cultural institutions, curators and artists as well as a larger audience of art aficionados and appreciators, it will cement Dubai’s vision of becoming a highly creative, connected and cultural city, in line with Dubai 2021 plan and Expo 2020.


About the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA):

The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) is an internationally renowned photography competition. It was launched in 2011 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. The award enjoys a social and legal stature as a tool for promoting Dubai’s vision of artistic and cultural excellence. On a local level, the award hopes to develop and increase awareness of the art of photography amongst the local Emirati population. For more information visit on HIPA, www.hipa.ae

World Photography Organisation (WPO):

WPO is a home where photography is celebrated and the art of the photographer is recognised.  Working with professional, enthusiast and student photographers alike, the World Photography Organisation provides a global network across the photographic industry to not only to raise the level of conversation around the subject, but to increase awareness and appreciation of this artform.  WPO hosts a year-round portfolio of industry and public events including: Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition and accompanying global exhibition; the World Photography Student Focus Programme, inspiring and working with the next generation of photographers; Photo Shanghai, Asia Pacific’s premier art fair dedicated to photography, and Photo San Francisco, America’s new international art fair dedicated to photography.  In addition, WPO has a thriving online presence via its website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and addresses the industry’s latest issues in its monthly online publication, The Magazine.  For more information please visit www.worldphoto.org


All questions regarding WPO from the media should be directed to:

Jill Cotton at World Photography Organisation

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7886 3043 / +44 (0)7838144992

Email: jill@worldphoto.org

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