Hasselblad Masters is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most prestigious professional photography competitions. The winners are chosen through a combination of a public vote and a professional Masters Jury - comprised internationally renowned photographers and imaging experts and we are delighted to inform you that the Irish based photographer, Michael Baran, has been chosen in this years competition.
Bronius Rudnickas, Hasselblad Marketing Manager: “Over 30 000 images were submitted to this year’s competition and that was a record, we are glad to see the competition is growing every year.Masters Jury member and professional photographer Tom Oldham said: “It really struck me how progressive many of the entries were this year and how far the entrants were willing to push the brief. These were the photographers who caught my eye - the ballsy, out-there risk-takers who make compelling pictures that refuse to be ignored. I’m proud to have helped to get this great kit into their hands – their images deserve it.”
Michal Baran, currently living and working from Trim Co Meath – was born and raised in Poland, where he graduated in computer science. He has worked as a webmaster, graphic designer and developer, but his greatest passion has always been photography. In 2005, he moved to Ireland and eventually became a professional photographer. “I have learnt to see the beauty of nature, the uniqueness of events, and the nobility of human faces. I capture them all, with respect and admiration, stillness and dynamics, insight and perception. My professional photo editing skills allow me to do complex post-processing and digital editing work. I use Photoshop and other software to bring out the spirit of objects, places, scenes and people, enhancing the intrinsic beauty of their nature. I always listen to my customers' needs and expectations. They may demand the impossible and I am here to make the impossible become a reality.”
Every Hasselblad Masters award winner will hold the title of ‘Hasselblad Master’ and be a brand ambassador for two years. In addition, they will receive a brand new Hasselblad medium format camera and be invited to shoot for a collaborative project with Hasselblad. This project will be printed and released in the bi-annual Hasselblad Masters book.