Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Life is amazing with colours, the green plants, the perfect blue sky, the different colour of our skin tone, the pinkish lip of baby, the red apple, the stunning colour of the rainbow and more colourful things that makes you and I very happy. Just think this, our life will be boring if the color that we always see is just plain and empty.

The last year fourth season of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards "HIPA" Invited different photographers and aspiring photographers all over the world to share their very imaginative mind, and passion of craft to push their self in producing a perfect masterpiece by means of photography.

The theme: "LIFE IN COLOUR" this is a wonderfully open brief that allows your creative mind to explore an array of exciting avenues.

Last season competition is very tight contest and lots of online entries was submitted base by the HIPA management. This contest really tap photographers to explore the beauty of the world that surrounds us in the rich pool of colour and wonderful memories to share in time. And to give you some idea, I am also a member of this HIPA contest and I also submitted my entries for the last year season. Kahit hindi ako nanalo I feel grateful kasi nagagawa ko ang passion ko sa photography.

The last season's LIFE IN COLOUR theme had four categories to showcase your passion in capturing great images. So here are the winner of this contest in each category.


1st Place -Aruna Bhat, India
This photograph was taken in Ki Gompa, a monastery of Tibetan Buddhists in the Indian Himalayas. Every evening, the young monks of the temple are given time off to play in an open area nearby. These young monks, in their richly coloured robes, manifest the true meaning of enthusiasm and cheerfulness, unlike the greyness of the walls behind them.

2nd Place -Zhang Xiangli, China
This photograph of Asian paradise flycatchers was taken in the village of Sha Tin, Jiangxi province, China. It shows two adult (male and female) Asian paradise flycatchers feeding their chicks on a small tree branch. The pale coloured chicks are seen to be vulnerable and weak while the colourful flycatchers resemble life and hope, epitomising ‘Life in Colour’

3rd Place -Zeki Yavuzak, Turkey
In Aydin, Turkey, red peppers, eggplants and zucchinis are string-dried in the summer in preparation for the cold winter months. Women, teenagers and children work this delicate and careful job as a way of earning extra money in the summer, a common practice in that part of the country. The girl in the photograph is a local high school student who works this job as a means of helping her family as well as saving money for the school year ahead.

4th Place -Mujeeb Kizhakkechalil, India
This picture comes alive because of the varied colours of the prayer flags lined above the young monk, as he tries to touch one of them. This does not only capture his emotions, but also the vibrancy of the shades which are reflecting the innocence of the young monk’s face. The simplicity of the photograph is fitting of the young monk who is overjoyed during his playing time and it reminds us that the smallest things can sometimes help us attain happiness.

5th Place -Fabrizio Moglia, Italy

Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula has some of the richest salmon runs in the Pacific, especially in the national wildlife preserve, Kurile Lake. Since the dawn of time, red salmon has been the basic food for the Kamchatka brown bear. The photo captures the big Russian bear going about its regular meal, the casual look in its eyes is in sharp contrast to the victim, the salmon, which flaps its colourful tail-end as if saluting life, for this is its destiny.


2nd Place -Ali Rajabi Shomali, Iran
This photo was taken on 6th Ave in Manhattan, New York City in January 2014. The photographer captured walking pedestrians as they crossed the road in freezing conditions. Although the red lights and cold weather indicate inactivity, the crossing pedestrians and their will to get to where they need to be, indicates the exact opposite.

3rd Place -Antonius Andre Tjiu, Indonesia
In the animal kingdom, the struggle to survive is apparent, to live you must kill. This photo was taken in South Borneo in Indonesia and features the crested serpent eagle which is a specialist reptile eater. The snake in the photograph is curled in defense, knowing that its best chance for survival lies in attacking the much larger eagle.

4th Place - Yvon Andre Pierre Buchmann, France
This photo was taken in April 2011 at a train station in the small French town of Bollwiller. The clock in the station is symbolic of static time as opposed to the passing train which can symbolize the speed of time. The standing man is caught in the conflicting scenarios as if to indicate that the train of life will pass you by, if you don’t watch the time.

5th Place -Jaime Singlador, Philippines
The photograph shows children enjoying an afternoon dip at the kawa bath fuelled with dried woods and sprinkled with organic leaves, believed by the locals to have medicinal benefits. In the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, there is a small town named Sitio Tuno where the locals set up hot bath spas with medicinal plants picked from the surrounding forest. The excitement on the children’s faces as they bathe in the hot bath is matched well by the green and blue colours around them, creating a pristine feel to the photograph.


Mr. Singlador masterpiece is an image of four children playing in kawa with a water, surrounded by water lilies. The one kid is amaze in the water and to the plant and the three kids are looking up at the camera with a beautiful perfect smile.

Proud product of a Filipino. I Adore Mr. Jamie for pushing his self in creating this wonderful masterpiece,from his very imaginative mind, creative concept and exploring for the love of photography. Sabi nga niya medyo mahirap kunan ang picture ang mga bata, and kita pa nga ang paa niya sa kuha niya na ito, with very creative way in cropping the image iyon he made it to 5th place. Winning this contest brings him $6,000 or Php 250,000+ in cash. Grabe ang laki talaga ang prize ng HIPA kaya nga na push ko ang self ko na sumali dito.


1st Place -Rudoi Danil, Russian Federation
This photograph was taken inside a photography studio and is of a young girl named Stella-Maria. With her deep stare, Stella- Maria is able to captivate the viewer through her innocence and youth, whilst being presented in classic black and white colours. The shadow covering part of Stella-Maria’s face also adds to the intrigue in this young lady. Her natural face and look is a testament to the beauty of the photograph taken.

2nd Place -Kenneth Geiger, United States
This photograph is a reflection of innocence, beauty, helplessness and revolt. In 1989, the ethnic Burmese ‘Mon’ army was made up of 3000 soldiers, including 100 women fighters. This photo was captured at one of the Mon checkpoints at the end of a winding dirt road, featuring this serious staring 20-year-old Ma Ngua, her cheeks covered with powder to protect her beauty while an M-16 rifle is beside her to protect her post.

3rd Place -Chi Hung Cheung, Hong-kong
This photo was taken on a cold February morning, at the time of Chinese New Year, in Huangnan, China. This photo shows three old women, each carrying a warm cup of buttered tea whilst talking and laughing. The impact of the picture lays in the warmth of the women’s smiles as well the warmth emanating from their tea, which appears to engulf their friendship and happiness.

4th Place -Ali Zohari, United Arab Emirates
This photograph is of an old Vietnamese lady, who had been living near a mountain range for many years, watching tourists come and go. The wrinkles on her gracefully shaped face feel like pathways leading to various stories from her life, many of which are filled with simplicity and wisdom. Despite her old age, her face offers optimism and hope. The window behind her depicts that there is still enough light in her life for some more pathways to be explored.

5th Place -Xyza Dela Cruz Bacani, Philippines
This candid portrait of a child behind a translucent glass window in Hong Kong stands out because of the transparent strip that runs across. It is in that strip that the power of the photo lies with the girl’s eyes clearly looking at something she is seeing for the first time at her tender age. Her gape adds to the curiosity and innocence while her hands try to push through the window to explore the unknown beyond.

Another Pinoy pride for this prestigious contest wins in this contest. Ms. Bacani is a domestic worker and really loves taking pictures especially street photography. Its shows that what ever is your status in life or position as long you believe in your self, push your self to explore and right determination you will be on top in the right time. I also adore Ms. Bacani dahil hindi siya sumuko para magawa niya ang mga bagay na gusto niya gawin sa buhay niya lalo na ang passion niya sa photography. 


1st Place -Peng Li, China
This photograph was taken of an ancient Chinese ‘Diaojiaolou’ house in the town of Fenghuang, located near the Tuojiang River in Hunan province. Diaojiaolous are often used as hotels or restaurants in Hunan province, due to their great charm and beauty. As the night falls, countless red lanterns provide light inside the Diaojiaolou, giving a priceless and surreal view of past and present in one photograph

2nd Place -Ho Sung Wee, Malaysia
This photograph captures Sulphuric fire fishing, an ancient and eco-friendly way of fishing near Jinshan, Taiwan. Fishermen add water to Sulphur soil to produce acetylene, which is used to produce light that attracts Harengula fish, which in turn begin jumping out of the water. The rush hour in the sea amid the excitement of seeing the fire, is indeed a timeless frame.

4th Place -Alexandre Buisse, France
This photo was taken in January 2014 at the Lau Bij climb in the Cogne Valley of the Gran Paradiso Park, in Italy’s Aosta valley. The beautiful medium of ice combines really well with the flash photography, showcasing the transparency of the deep blue colours of the ice, as well as the athleticism of the climbers. The unique textures of the ice along with the splash of blue and the amazing depth of field sums up the two men conquering nature’s might and the one (photographer) capturing it.

5th Place -Daniel Cheong, France
This photo was taken at the Address Hotel in the Dubai Marina. The building’s facade is made of glass and is very reflective which created a powerful ‘vertigo’ view. The biggest visual impact of this photograph is the sense of disorientation upon seeing it for the first time. The surrounding cityscape and vertigo view of the building creates a sense of confusion for a viewer and one may need to look at the photograph more than once to fully understand it.

Be amaze and inspired from this wonderful masterpieces from the last year season 4 HIPA LIFE IN COLOUR, the photo exhibit will be at SM Aura Level 1 Atrium and runs until June 3, 2015

Selfie Time with this beautiful and colorful photo.

With this beautiful master pieces, creative minds, and inspiring stories of all this photo in HIPA "LIFE IN COLOUR" I will never stop and make a paraan to enter for the upcoming coming contest of HIPA. I need to buy a better camera na talaga! hay!!!!

I really enjoy this exhibit again and I am lucky to see this all the winning entries again on this kind of event. Good Job for the organizer and to HIPA.

By the way here are some of my HIPA season 4 entries. LOL!