A group of children laugh as they play with old motorcycle tires in the red dust outside an NGO clinic in Togo, in Africa.

Grand Prize Winner

A group of children laugh as they play with old motorcycle tires in the red dust outside an NGO clinic in Togo, in Africa.
Photograph by Antonio Aragón Renuncio

Award-winning Photos of Happiness, Fatherhood, and Nature

The latest recipients of of the Hamdan International Photography Award capture a variety of locations, themes, and emotions.

For five years, the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) competition has celebrated the work of photographers from around the world.

This year, awards were given in the categories of happiness, wildlife, and father and son, as well as general excellence. The winning photos capture moments of happiness, love, pain, and tragedy in countries ranging from Chile to Egypt to Russia to Togo.

The $120,000 grand prize (one of the largest in the world) was awarded to Spanish photographer Antonio Aragon Renuncio for his lively portrayal of children playing in West Africa (above). Other winners include National Geographic photographers Steve Winter (wildlife) and Brent Stirton (happiness).  

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