Taiwanese bird photographer wins 1st place in ‘General’ category at HIPA

Chen was awarded a prize of US$15,000 (about NT$464,000)

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Chen Chen-kuang's HIPA winning photo (Photo taken from HIPA Facebook)

Chen Chen-kuang's HIPA winning photo (Photo taken from HIPA Facebook)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwan bird photographer won the first place in the “General – Color” category at the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA), which held its annual award ceremony for its eighth season of competition “Hope” at Dubai Opera on Tuesday, a news release by HIPA said on the same day.

In the General – Color category, Taiwanese photographer Chen Chen-kuang (陳承光) won first place, according to the release. The second prize went to Karim Iliya of the United States, while the Kuwaiti photographer Abdullah Alshatti finished in third place.

Chen was awarded a prize of US$15,000 (about NT$464,000).

HIPA posted Chen’s winning photo on its official Facebook page, which shows a Black Drongo landing on the back of a flying eagle, which happens to be carrying a snake in its claws.

The US$120,000 Grand Prize went to Edwin Ong Wee Kee of Malaysia, for his photo documenting “an intense humanitarian moment,” according to the release. “The feelings of a Vietnamese mother whose speech disorder did not prevent her from feeling hopeful and evoking a sense of strength for her children,” HIPA said.

It's also announced that the main theme of the ninth season of competition will be "Water."

Grand Prize winner of the eighth season of HIPA competition by Edwin Ong Wee Kee of Malaysia (photo taken from HIPA website)