Australian photographer Jasmine Carey took home top prize at the prestigious HIPA international photo contest for her incredible underwater photograph. Taken in Tonga, Carey’s stunning photo shows a humpback whale resting with her new calf. For her efforts, she’ll receive $120,000.
Started by Dubai’s crown prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2011, HIPA has transformed into a competitive contest that attracts photographers from around the world. With $450,000 in cash prizes up for grabs, it’s also one of the world’s more lucrative photo contests. For this ninth edition, the theme was water, and photographers put forth their best work across several categories. There was a particularly strong showing from the Gulf region and Asia, with photographers from these areas sweeping many of the categories.
“We conclude today the ninth season of HIPA, ‘Water,’ man’s oldest friend on the planet,” said Secretary General Ali bin Thalith. “All the inhabitants of Earth know water, but some fear it. The relationship of a fisherman with water is not like that of someone who does not know how to swim. It is completely different from the relationship of the scientific researcher, who is concerned about the frightening acceleration of the melting icebergs underwater. We watch today how the creators of the world see water through their lenses; Water, the major issue that concerns us all, and touches our lives and the survival of our planet.”
Christian Vizl is one of the winners whose celebration of water is particularly moving. The Mexican photographer, known for his incredible black and white underwater photography, won the Portfolio category and took home $24,000. His series of images immortalizes majestic sea creatures in a way that encourages the public to evaluate how they can help preserve this precious environment.
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Christian Vizl won the Portfolio category for his breathtaking black and white underwater photography.