Hasselblad Masters 2014 Competition Winners Announced
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The winners of the Hasselblad Masters 2014 Competition have just been announced. "We're delighted with the number of entries the Hasselblad Masters 2014 competition attracted," says Hasselblad's Global Photographer Relations Manager Paul Waterworth. "The standard was extraordinarily high this time around, and the category winners can be truly proud of their achievement." The winners include Martin Schubert, Antonio Pedrosa, Rafael Rojas, Josheph Goh Meng Huat, Roman Jehanno, Bara Prasilova, Rafal Malesztyk, Hengki Koentjoro, Dmitri Ageev, Bryn Griffiths, Paul Gisbrecht and Chris Straley.
Hasselblad Press Release
Hasselblad Announces 2014 Masters Winners
The voting is over, the expert judges - and the general public - have had their say, and the results of the Hasselblad Masters 2014 Competition are finally in. Extended to twelve categories by the inclusion this time around of a section devoted to underwater photography, the range and diversity of the images that have been successful is extraordinary, while the line-up of winners is truly international.
Held every two years, the Hasselblad Masters 2014 competition was the most hotly contested ever, with entry levels surging from 2500 for the 2012 event up to nearly 4000 this time around, due in no small part to the decision to open it up to a wider audience. For the first time not only users of medium or large format cameras but also active professionals with over three years experience using cameras that offered resolution of 16MP or above were invited to enter, and it has all helped to raise the status of the competition to a higher level still.
"We're delighted with the number of entries the Hasselblad Masters 2014 competition attracted," says Hasselblad's Global Photographer Relations Manager Paul Waterworth. "The standard was extraordinarily high this time around, and the category winners can be truly proud of their achievement. It's a sign of the prestige that is now attached to this competition that it is attracting entries from some of the best photographers working in the world today, and when you look at the winners as a group you realise just how special your work has to be for you to be named a Master."
The full line up of winners in the twelve categories is as follows:
Architecture: Martin Schubert, Denmark Editorial: Antonio Pedrosa, Portugal
General: Roman Jehanno, France Fashion/Beauty: Bara Prasilova, Czech Republic
Fine Art: Rafal Maleszyk, United States Landscapes/Nature: Hengki Koentjoro, Indonesia
Portrait: Dmitry Ageev, Russian Federation Product: Bryn Griffiths, United Kingdom
Project//21: Paul Gisbrecht, Germany Underwater: Chris Straley, United States
Wedding/Social: Joseph Goh Meng Huat, Singapore Wildlife: Rafael Rojas, Switzerland
About Hasselblad Masters
The Hasselblad Masters Awards is one of the industry's most prestigious photographic competitions, and attracts entries from both established and rising talent from all across the globe. Held every two years, for the 2014 event there were twelve categories covering all of the major sectors of photography, including a 'Project//21' section that was devoted to those just breaking through into the profession.
Following an initial call for entries, the numbers are whittled down from thousands to a shortlist of ten for each category, with the three images from each selected photographer posted online. The public is then invited to vote on who it feels should be the category winner, the online poll counting as one vote in each section. A distinguished panel of industry experts casts the remaining votes, and just one photographer in each category ultimately emerges as a winner and is crowned a Hasselblad Master.
The twelve Master photographers have the opportunity to borrow state-of-the-art Hasselblad equipment to create a new set of images for the fourth special Masters Commemorative Book. They will also receive a trophy at photokina 2014, and all winning images will be published on the Hasselblad global website and then presented at exhibitions around the world.
More information: www.hasselblad.com/masters
Photo: Martin Schubert, Denmark - Architecture Category Winner