DUBAI, The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, HIPA, has announced winners for the December edition of the Instagram Photo Contest themed 'Homeland'.

Five winners hail from Turkey, Iraq and Yemen, and their submissions were received under the hashtag #HIPAContest_Homeland.

Ali bin Thalith, the HIPA Secretary-General, said, "The love of one's homeland goes deep. It is instilled in us since the beginning of time; it begins with stories from childhood and grows deeper as we bond to our land over time. Our homeland is where we belong, where we feel whole and where we feel safe and protected.

"Visual expressions of belonging to a homeland are amongst the oldest relics dating back to our ancestors etching into the side of caves. Today, we share these expressions with you through the impressive photographic submissions we received in this month's Instagram competition. Congratulations as always to our winners, and we look forward to even more of our community getting involved with in next month's competition."

December's winner of the 'People's Choice Award' was Serkan Daldal @serkandaldal from Turkey, who will receive a brand new CANON EOS M50, courtesy of Canon Middle East.

He said, "I am happy with the appreciation from HIPA for my image and I hope the image will contribute to raising awareness of the refugee crisis."

The Iraqi winner, Ahmed Abdulameer Lazem @ahmed_photo86 said, "Winning with HIPA was a challenge for me, and achieving it boosted my confidence and motivated me to make efforts to improve and develop, I hope to reach the level that helps me express my national concerns and pain and communicate my photographic message to the whole world."

Source: Emirates News Agency