A changing masters for changing times.
As you probably know, the Hasselblad Masters Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the industry, has made a reputation over the years by celebrating the best in both established and rising photographic talent.
The Masters Awards are given in recognition of a photographer's contribution to the art of photography and are judged on overall photographic ability, encompassing creativity, composition, conceptual strength, and technical skill. Hasselblad has awarded twelve separate Masters Awards each year, with an annual calendar presented featuring the winners' work. Past Masters have included both renowned artists of international standing e.g. Albert Watson, Anton Corbijn or Patrick Demarchelier as well as promising newcomers in a wide range of fields and disciplines.
The Hasselblad Masters Awards are about photography, about celebrating the art form and the accomplishments of photographers around the world. Submissions will cover the Fine Art, Nature/Landscape, Social/Wedding, Portrait, Fashion, Editorial, Product, Architecture, and General Photography categories. In addition to accepting applications from all established professional photographers using large and medium format cameras, the 2008 contest will also feature a special category for up and coming photographers that is open to all professional photographers, regardless of length of time in the business or camera format used.
Winners will receive the use of an H3D digital camera system for two periods during 2008. One period will be for use at the photographer's discretion and the other will be devoted to the creation of images for this special Masters commemorative book. This book will feature pictorials showing the results of each winning photographer freely interpreting a given theme.
Applications for the 2008 Hasselblad Masters Awards are being accepted until November 1st, 2007. For more information, log on to www.hasselblad.com/masters.