What is MIPA?
The Malta International Photography Award (MIPA) is a premier photo award that strives to share and promote the art and passion of photography at all levels from all across the world.
We aim to provide aspiring photographers from all around the globe with the chance to share their passion and world. We strive to connect the world through photography, and showcase the nature and cultures of different regions of the world to a global audience.
MIPA wants to provide international photographers with a deep insight into different approaches towards photography, and we hope to encourage people to push their personal and professional boundaries.
The ‘Malta’ element is an essential part of the conception of this international photo award. The country’s national language, Maltese, is rooted in Arabic but heavily influenced by Romance tongues. The modern people of Malta are descendent from countries in the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Northern European. The islands’ history dates as far back as 3500 BC, bestowing them with an enormous breadth of cultural and artistic heritage. The country is an emerging cosmopolitan home to an ever growing population of expats that have travelled from all over the world to live and work there.
As such, the Malta International Photo Award wants to adopt the Maltese outlook on life - we look outside of the confines of a small island to the rest of the world, and we welcome everyone to join in.
As part of our expansion and consolidation strategy, in 2019 we have appointed a three-person Advisory Board made from industry experts and photography enthusiasts, aimed to strategically guide the operation and strategy of the whole MIPA operation.
Patrick J. O' Brien is an award winning journalist who has spent more than 20 years working in all forms of the media as a journalist, educator and public relations specialist. Along the way he has written extensively on national and social affairs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years he joined Global Investment Broker Exante as their Communications Director and continues to be a 'brand ambassador' for doing business in Malta.
With a very varied academic background graduating in Law, as well as an M.A. in Creativity & Innovation, he ultimately decided to focus on new media, digital innovation and leadership. Mario takes care of SANCHO’s strategic management, business development and manages the marketing and digital arms of the agency. Out of office he’s an avid AC Milan fan, a passionate photographer, former DJ and a political aficionado.
Filippo graduated as a Doctor of Laws from the University of Perugia and he is fully recognized to practice law in Malta. He worked in various firms and companies in Italy and Spain and became an Associate of DF Advocates as international consultant. His principal areas of practice comprise corporate law general commercial law mergers & acquisitions negotiation and contracts gaming and betting activities aircraft registration and finance aviation.