Aussie named as finalist in the Hasselblad Masters 2018 (Update)
Every two years, Hasselblad scours the world in order to name and honour Hasselblad Masters. The current contest features 11 categories and received a record number of entries, totalling 31,500 – an increase of 175% in the number of participating photographers. The highest number of contributors came from UK, USA, Russia, India, and Germany.
Ten finalists have been selected for each category, with just a single Australian photographer in running. Work by Brisbane-based Glenn Hunt appears in the Street/Urban category.
The next stage of the competition invites the public to vote for their top three in each of the categories, and the final Hasselblad Masters are then selected by a jury consisting of Hasselblad ambassadors, members of the press, and other photographic experts in combination with the public vote.
Hasselblad Masters are judged on their photographic ability, creativity, compositional skills, conceptual strength, and technique – and are acknowledged to have made a compelling contribution to the art of photography. Winners will be announced in January 2018.The winners will not only receive the coveted accolade but will take home a state of the art medium format Hasselblad camera and have their work published in the Hasselblad Masters commemorative book, to be launched in 2018.
It's been brought to our attention that another Australian has also made the shortlist for the Hasselblad Masters 2018. Australian architectural and landscape photographer, Zoe Wetherall moved to New York just over over 18 months ago, in early 2016. Consequently, her entry had her down as an American photographer, but I think that Australia can rightly take the credit!
Wetherall's three submissions, in Aerial, Architecture, and Landscape, all made the shortlist with her being named a finalist in three categories.
Australian photographer Will Dielenberg is also a Finalist in the Landscape/Nature category.
Ben Thomas is a finalist in the Urban/Street category.