Hasselblad Masters professional photographic competition is now open for submissions through and July 31. Started in 2001, Hasselblad Masters is open to all professional photographers who have been actively working in the field for more than three years. Entries can be shot on any digital camera, regardless of brand or format, that has at least 16 megapixels. Photographs shot on drone and film cameras are also applicable for entry, but those made with smartphone and tablet cameras are not eligible. A complete list of rules is here.
This year’s Hasselblad Masters is expanded to 12 categories, including the newest one, Heritage, which commemorates Hasselblad’s 80-year anniversary. The year 2021 marks 80 years of Hasselblad cameras. With the new Heritage category, photographers are asked to use their creativity to submit images that celebrate Hasselblad’s rich heritage.
Being selected as one of the 12 winners means earning the coveted title of “Hasselblad Master” in addition to receiving their own medium format mirrorless Hasselblad camera. With their Hasselblad cameras, the winners take part in a collaborative project with Hasselblad, which is then published in the commemorative Hasselblad Masters book as well as digitally on all Hasselblad channels..
Hasselblad Masters are judged on their photographic ability, creativity, compositional skills, conceptual strength and technique. Entrants will first face the Hasselblad Internal Jury consisting of Hasselblad staff. The Hasselblad Internal Jury will select 10 finalists in each category that showcase a high level of technical skill and creative flair. Voting will then be opened up to the public in addition to the Hasselblad Grand Jury, which includes several top photographic figures. Together with the Public Jury vote, which acts as a seat on the Grand Jury, the Hasselblad Masters are chosen from the 120 finalists. The 2021 Hasselblad Grand Jury will be unveiled later in the year.
The Hasselblad Internal Jury voting process will take place during August 2021, followed by the announcement of the 10 finalists from each of the 12 categories in September 2021. The Public and Grand Jury voting opens on the same day as the release of the 120 finalists and will be open from September to October 2021. The 2021 Hasselblad Masters winners will be announced in November 2021.
- Beauty & Fashion
- Project//21 (*Project//21 is open to all amateur photographers, students, assistants, and young professionals 21 years old and under at the close of the competition submission period. Proof of age will be required.)