‘Living On A Dollar A Day’ wins IPA’s best documentary book for 2014

One in six people in the world live at or below the poverty threshold of one dollar a day. At a time of great social and economic disruption in the world, people on the brink of survival can be easily pushed over the edge, or just as easily pulled back to safety. The people who generously shared their stories in Living On A Dollar A Day inspire us to change lives for the better.

Living On A Dollar A Day, (Text by Thomas A. Nazario, Photographs by Renée C. Byer and Foreword by the 14th Dalai Lama), is a passionate call to action, presenting 348 pages filled with over 200 color photographs, profiles, explanatory charts and graphics that deliver an unprecedented and thought-provoking examination of global poverty, and how it impacts the poor and the rest of the world community. Most striking, the book offers innovative ways to transform lives through individual action large or small. Grassroots organizations are profiled as potential models and at the end of each chapter A Way To Help lists nonprofit organizations that focus on problems such as child labor and lack of access to healthcare, among other issues. We are shown how change is possible.

To create her work for Living On A Dollar A Day (The Quantuck Lane Press; 2014), one of the most powerful and important photo books of the year, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer traveled to ten countries on four continents to illuminate the human faces of poverty. With support from The Forgotten International, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that works to alleviate poverty in the U.S. and worldwide, Byer sought out people who live on the brink of survival – on a dollar a day. Her searing and tender photographs along with the personal stories Byer gathered, give a voice to those who would not otherwise be heard. (The Quantuck Lane Press; 2014)

Byer was recently named the 1st place recipient for her photographic work in Living On A Dollar A Day for The 2014 International Photography Award for Best Documentary Book.

See more images from the book and our other slideshows on Yahoo News!


New Era Museum’s Florence International Photography Awards, Pro Series. June 17-20, 2015. 

Video by Dieter Gaebel. Such a wonderful contribution to all of us who couldn’t get to Florence in the flesh this time to enjoy the FIPA Show. I can almost smell the exhibition, walking virtually through the space at Santo Spirito, hearing the ambient sound, looking through Dieter’s eyes. What a treat to be able to see the architectural and social context that NEM Founder, Andrea Bigiarini, created for this exhibition.

I’m so proud to be part of the New Era Museum, to have taken part in the jurying process, and to be participating daily in the unfolding of this whole new “language” we’re using to express ourselves visually - using our PHONES! 

Bravo you artists! You visionaries! You beautiful, brave human beings! You are A_M_A_Z_I_N_G! 

2015 Mobile Photography Awards and 2015 iPhone Photography Awards Honorable Mention for Architecture. 2015 Florence International Photography Awards - Architecture. @mobilephotoawards @ipp_awards

I have found Rose-Lynn Fisher!

“Rose-Lynn Fisher’s photography explores the continuum between the vast and tiny, both aerial and microscopic.

Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, and museums of art, science, and natural history.

Fisher’s recent series, Topography of Tears, is a study of more than 100 tears through an optical microscope, at magnifications of 100x

Topography of Tears was awarded 2nd place in the 2014 International Photography Awards (IPA) Micro category”


HIPA Philippine Visit
SM Aura
May 31, 2015

Recently, the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) visited the Philippines where they exhibited the winning and finalist entries from the recently concluded series, “Life in Color.”

As part of the celebrations, HIPA has sent Tom Ang, a world renowned photographer and photo book author, to conduct a series of workshops/seminars that weekend along with talks from seasoned photographers in the country.

Though I was able to participate during the second day of the workshops, I learned a lot of new insights from these veterans. Whether you are new in photography or already into it, you are bound to learn a lot. For experienced shooters, some of the learnings may be an affirmation of what you might already know, but nonetheless it’s an invaluable reminder. During that day, the speakers were Borj Meneses (Portraits that Tell Stories), Gunther Deichmann (Finding Powerful Images through Travel), and Tom Ang himself (How to Become A Professional Photographer).

The seminars were a wonderful experience as these photographers were able to share their experiences and insights with regard to photography and the industry as a whole. Seeing the exhibit allowed me to understand more how the selections were able to encapsulate the categories they represent during the competition. Hopefully, I would be able to integrate these learnings and experiences as a whole to better improve my craft and my path in photography.

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Top 66 of HPA 2015 Coming Out

The second-round judging of HPA 2015 finally comes to an end with the 66 candidates for the Grand Awardsbeing decided. They will enter the final-round judging to be reviewed by the International Jury, who will vote online the best photo stories in their heart. The International Jury will also review another 100 photo sets as candidates for the Jury’s Special Awards. As usual, the winners of Grand Awards and Jury’s Special Awards will be announced at the Award Ceremony.

Now, let’s see the lucky 66 Candidates for the HPA 2015 Grand Awards.

6 Grand Awards (vacancy allowed) will be selected from the 66 candidates in the final-round judging by the International Jury. The rest works will be awarded Documentary Awards.

All photographers of the 66 candidate works will be awarded transport allowance to attend the award ceremony in China and free accommodation during the ceremony.

100 Candidates for the HPA 2015 Jury’s Special Awards

Different from the previous HPAs, HPA 2015 has made two changes in Jury’s Special Awards:

1) Winners of Jury’s Special Awards will be selected from the 100 nomination award-winning works rather than the 60 documentary award-winning works.

2) Jury’s Special Award-winning photographers will be awarded transport allowance to attend the award ceremonyand free accommodation during the ceremony.

The Final Nomination Award winners will be made clear by deducting the several Jury’s Special Award winners. Nomination Award-winning photographers will enjoy free accommodation during the award ceremony but have to pay for the round-trip tickets to China.

Special Offers to Special Guests

As stated in the guideline, “ as a way of encouragement for photographers in Arabic countries, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean region to record local cultures, Nomination Awards-winning photographers in those regions will have the chance of getting transport allowance. “ The nationality you put in registration will be referred when offering this special prize.

HPA doesn’t promote itself as absolute equal, but wish to fulfill its mission to encourage and provide opportunity for people from every corner around the world to record and share their unique local cultures and to help to enhance mutual understanding and exchanges of human beings.

Congratulations to all the winners! Welcome to follow this website for updates.

HPA Work Team