Created to offer members an effective and enjoyable way to interact with Hasselblad representatives and each other, promote their businesses, and share their photography with the public, the HOC has made quite a splash in a few short months. HOC members—whose ranks now top 1070—vote monthly for the most compelling images uploaded and exhibited by other club members. Each month the top 10 images are displayed on the website. The photographer who attracts the most votes has his or her winning image featured on the website, along with a brief profile and image.
And now, a drum roll for the full roster of HOC 2010 winners:
Italian photographer Alessandro Dobici was the first to receive the award when club members named his nostalgic, dreamy fashion shot April's Photo of the Month. Over 1,800 images were in the running. During the very first weeks, the site received over 5,000 visitors.
Next to win was Bulgarian-born fashion, advertising and fine art photographer Nikola Borissov. Borissov, who moved to Milan, in 1999, explains, "I love fashion photography and the ability to be completely detached from reality, to create beauty instead of just recording from my surroundings." Based on the 1978 film That Obscure Object of Desire by Luis Bunuel, the image is one of several inspired by the cinema.
When Venezuela-born, U.S.-based photographer Claudio Napolitano was asked why he is so fascinated by photography, he responded: "When I was 10, I traveled to Italy with my mother's camera and super 8 camera. It was then that I discovered the infinite possibilities of still photography and that I could tell more complex stories with stills than with motion pictures." First a portrait photographer in Madrid, later specializing in commercial photography, he now lives in the U.S. taking pictures for the top agencies. His winning image is part of a long-term project, titled "Smoke Signals."
Specializing in architecture, people, and wildlife, Austrian-born Peter Golznig, of Peter Golznig Photography, captured his winning image, "On Strike," with the Hasselblad XPan and a 5.6/30 mm lens. "These days, our imaginative faculties seem to be buried alive by poor-quality digital media content," he says. But, the XPan System, explains Golznig, which has not been further developed since it debuted in the late 1990s, has image authenticity, portability, versatility, unobstrusivenes, 35mm dual-format capability, and medium-format lens range which are unique.
Sofie Louca, owner of Amorphia Photography, specializes in contemporary wedding portrait photography in Cyprus, Greece, and the U.K., as well as destination weddings across Europe. At one time skeptical of wedding photography, those feelings eventually morphed into a passion for the genre. Sofie and her husband, Paul Karaolides, both award-winning photographers, run the business together, which also includes fashion assignments.
Ben Hattenbach, U.S.-based wildlife photographer, adventurer, and conservationist who explores some of the planet's least accessible, most inhospitable places, won for the image “Blue Oasis," shot in Central Iceland earlier this year. Among his recent expeditions were trips to Arctic Alaska in winter (-65 F) and Death Valley in summer (125 F) — both arduous endurance tests for his equipment. The H3D-39 did not disappoint!
UK commercial photographer Tim Wallace
is the founder of Ambient Life, a photography studio specializing in high-end car photography and advertising stock photography for corporate, media, and commercial clients in the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. Often described as dramatic and conceptual, Tim's work is held in high regard within the commercial and advertising industry. "Life is all about shooting good work, being out there, creating the best work I can, that's where amazing things can happen!" says Tim.
Italy-based Raffaele Sorbi
started shooting as a co-operator of the International Model School of Alison Brittain in Florence. He's been guided by prominent Italian fashion photographers such as Max Perissi and Stefano Bidini; worked in advertsing with leading Italian and international brands; and enjoys wedding, fashion, glamour and landscape photography. But his passion is portraits. He leads photography workshops in Florence City Hall and teaches students in his studio in Florence.
© Edward Alba
Peru-born photographer Edward Alba
specializes in advertising, fashion, and wedding photography. Proficient in digital workflow, capture, and post production, his company offers digital retouching, art direction and styling in addition to photography. He has been shooting with the Hasselblad H3Dll-39 Multi-shot for two years and has realized an even faster workflow with Phocus 2.0.If you are an HOC member, whenever you visit hasselblad.com, you may vote for your favorite image of those showcased for the month.
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Text by Alice B. Miller