FIPCOM - the Fujairah International Photojournalism Competition - emerged from the fast-growing Emirate of Fujairah’s determination to invest heavily in the sector of culture and communication. Through the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority (FCMA), which strives to foster cultural development and enrichment, Fujairah has partnered with Agence France-Presse and National Geographic to offer professional photojournalists the opportunity to enter the FIPCOM competition.
AFP is internationally recognized for the excellence of its photojournalists and is a major player in the field of journalism. Photojournalism is much more than a profession or trade: it is an ethical and critical representation of cultural and political life. Through this competition the Emirate wishes to encourage journalists who, through the art of photography, bring us evidence of history in the making. The competition aims to develop photojournalism in the UAE region, highlight the work of photographers selected by a jury of professionals, but also pay tribute to the outstanding work of journalists who risk their lives to further the democratic ideal defended by photojournalism.
Participants will be able to compete on five topics (news, environment, economy, sport, and feature). The FIPCOM competition winner will receive a trophy and a 10 000 euro prize. Additional runners-up – one per topic - will receive a Nikon D800 digital SLR camera. Their work will also be displayed in two exhibitions, one in the heart of Paris, the second in the Emirate of Fujairah.