The top 100 finalists in the Hasselblad 2009 Masters Awards Competition have been selected and their images are now online for viewing and voting by the public. Selected from 2,300 applicants, the finalists are as diverse creatively as they are geographically.
Photographers from China, Japan, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, India, Canada, the United States, Italy, Australia, Germany, and other countries have captured images that reflect 10 categories: architectural, editorial, fashion/beauty, fine art, general, landscapes/nature, portrait, products, upcoming, and wedding/social.
“We are very proud of the quality of the photographers who entered the competition,” says Christian Nørgaard, Hasselblad Photographer Relations Manager. “It was a big, difficult task to narrow down the 2,300 entrants to 100.” This year, for the first time, judging will be open to the public. A special online gallery and voting area will allow website visitors to vote for their favorite photographers and images. The public will serve as an additional “jury member,” helping the Masters Jury select semi-finalists and finalists.
“On January 1, 2010, the 10 winners will be named,” adds Nørgaard. “The winners will each have four months to create stunning images with the best Hasselblad equipment. The jury for the 2009 Hasselblad Masters Awards is comprised of some of the industry’s most respected photographers and established magazine editors. Bringing their distinctive talents, experience, and perspective to judging this competition are: Anton Corbijn, Efrem Raimondi, Joachim Ladefoged, Steve McCurry, Douglas Kirkland, Tim Flach, Ian Farrell, Danqing Wen, Guillaume Cuvillier, Hasse Persson, Xie MoThomas Gerwers, Howard Bernstein, Peter Bialobrzeski, and F.C. Gundlach. To visit the online gallery and vote for your favorite images, click here
Text by Alice B. Miller