Travel Photographer Arun Bhat wins HIPA photography award in Dubai

BANGALORE, India - April 4, 2015 - PRLog -- Arun Bhat's image of young monks chasing each other, was awarded the first prize in this year's major category - Life in Colours. The 2014-15 season of the competition saw 60,162 image submitted by 30,878 photographers from 166 countries. Arun made this photograph in a Buddhist monastery deep in Himalayas, while staying with the monks with an intent to document their lives. Commenting on the image, HIPA said, "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."

HIPA is one of the heavily contested international photography awards known for its total prize money running up to US$4,00,000 (about 2.48 crores). The first prize in the main category of this year - Life in Colour, which was won by Arun Bhat carries a prize money of US$25,000 (about 15 lakhs).

About HIPA:

The crown prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched HIPA as an initiative to actively support those dedicated artists and enthusiasts who chose life as their limitless canvas, and the lens as their colorful paintbrush through which they convey the true beauty and power of photography.For more information, please visit

About Arun Bhat:

Arun Bhat is a professional photographer based in Bangalore, India.

He is known for his extensive work on vivid travel imagery from India and neighbouring Asian Countries. He has been travelling and photographing in South and South East Asia for the past ten years, creating a rich bank of visuals and stories of people and places along the way.

Bhat regularly leads photography tours and workshops for Darter Photography, a venture co-founded by him. When he is not travelling on his own, he takes up commissioned assignments photographing for real estate and weddings, or works on documenting the everyday life in India.

Bhat is also a travel writer and has published his stories and images in several newspapers, magazines and in-flight magazines.

His works can be seen at


The winning image and a profile photograph of Arun Bhat are attached.

Related links
1. HIPA website -
2. Winning image gallery -

3. Arun Bhat's website -
4. Arun Bhat's facebook page -
5. Arun Bhat's Twitter page:
6. Arun Bhat's write-up on the awards:

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