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The Hasselblad Masters is one of the world's most prestigious professional photographic competitions. Winners receive the prestigious awards, medium format cameras, and are invited to shoot for a collaborative project with Hasselblad. Let's take a look at the 2018 winners.
There are many awards for photography taking place all over the world. But few of many are as prestigious as the biannual Hasselblad Masters Award, who selects the top photographers across 11 diverse categories. Hasselblad is a Swedish manufacturer of cameras and photographic equipment's working since 1941. Hasselblad cameras have captured some of the world's most iconic images - including the first landing on the moon. Each category winner is deemed a "Hasselblad Master" and becomes a brand ambassador for the Swedish firm.
So this month Hasselblad announced their winners for the Masters Award 2018, selecting from over 30,000 photographs submitted for the contest which again was an all-time high. The 11 winners come from 9 different countries around the world, but each brought their unique style and skill to the competition displaying flamboyant pieces of art and inspiration.
The board of jury who selects these photos are composed of past Masters and other photography experts and were very impressed by the high quality work submitted in the competition.
Some of the past winners of this award include Russell James who works as a main photographer for Victoria's Secret. Then the 43 year old Katerina Belkina who is well known for her art photographies as well as the member of the jury board 2018. And also the likes of Louie Palu who is a documentary photographer as well as filmmaker known for covering social-political issues, including war and human rights. Her works are published by The Atlantic, The New York Times and many more.
And from Svarbova's work, we pass to the quiet black and white elegance of Michal Baran. The Irish photographer was awarded for the Beauty & Fashion category for his silvery photographs that highlight the shape and form of the models' features.
"It really struck me how progressive many of the entries were this year and how far the entrants were willing to push the brief", jury member and professional photographer Tom Oldham said.
"These were the photographers who caught my eye - the ballsy, out-there risk-takers who make compelling pictures that refuse to be ignored. I'm proud to have helped to get this great kit into their hands - their images deserve it."
Winners receive a Hasselblad medium format camera and will shoot a collaborative project with the brand, which will then be published in the Hasselblad Masters Book.
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