16 inspiring winning photos of the “Hasselblad Heroines” 2022
On the occasion of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the Hasselblad the camera company has announced the winners of its international competition Hasselblad heroines annual photo competition rewarding women photographers around the world for their creativity and dedication to the profession.
For the fourth year, the Hasselblad Heroines Awards highlight a select group of diverse female photographers who are making their mark on the photographic industry.
“By spotlighting these creations, Hasselblad Heroines hopes to inspire the next generation of female photographers to go against the grain and bring their creative visions to life,” organizers said.
This year’s heroines are eight remarkable photographers from different continents working in a wide range of genres, including travel, architecture, nature, products, food and drink, weddings, conceptual fine art and photography. portrait photography.
Their images have been featured in galleries, billboards, print and online platforms.
Raising the unreal
Aline Smithson grew up in Hollywood and is well versed in artistic expression and the idea of the unreal.
She works as a film photographer and has produced countless series of portraits and fine art photography evoking a sense of beauty, pathos and joy. She always works alone, without stylists or make-up artists.
Bring new photographic perspectives
Currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, Stephanie Blomkamp is the founder and editor of fine art photography magazine Oath, organizes exhibitions, mentors other photographers and does her own photographic portraits.
She describes her style as structured and surreal and has established herself on the world stage with magazine covers and exhibitions of her work – the result of many years of learning the craft.
Bold sculptural shapes
Based in California Gigi Chung distills intricate scenes into bold sculptural form, emphasizing lines, shapes and contrast with the conscious inclusion of aesthetic elements.
Her photography has taken her across the world to galleries and elite photography competitions. From Hong Kong to the United States, travel has played a big role in Gigi’s architecture and urban photography.
Celebrating people’s happiest moments
Lisa Devlin started out in fashion, then worked as a music and celebrity photographer for many years before casually getting into marriage.
She has made her way in the industry while continuing her editorial photography, shooting creative and unique wedding montages that fuel her work and help her capture couples, brides and grooms in new and exciting ways.
Traveling in unknown territory
Originally from Nigeria, Lola Akinmade Åkerstrom moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where she established a successful business as a bestselling author, travel photographer and award-winning storyteller.
But the road to becoming a successful travel photographer hasn’t been easy. She has worked her way through the industry and found a unique style in a field that many dream of becoming their full-time job.
“Lola’s mission to make black women more visible in the world of travel photography has led her to become a brand in her own right,” says Hasselblad.
Capturing the feeling of nature
Communities of photographers are an integral part of the profession. When a budding photographer wants to make a living from her passion, it’s often the advice of others that helps her carve out a niche in a competitive and often cutthroat business.
Annie Sprat has played an important role in these communities and their evolution as the Internet has become part of our daily lives and our careers.
His work with Unsplash went from the idea that photographers could share their work for free to one of the most popular photo sharing websites in the world. Thanks to Unsplash, she was also able to take the plunge into professional photography herself.
The art of food and photography
Food and drink photography is a niche that requires a specific skill set and eye for a good shot. Karine Thomas is a photographer who clearly carries these skills and has been featured on billboards and TV screens around the world with her alluring images.
While photography often makes people feel different, the food category has one purpose: to make you hungry. “And it’s a lot harder than you might think to make food delicious for an ad campaign, with every pixel in the spotlight,” says Hasselblad.
Photography of products and watches
Lydia Winters started at Mojang Studios – the makers of Minecraft – where she was the seventh employee and the first woman to join the company. Now she hosts a popular online show and is the main storyteller of a game that has become a household name around the world.
But Lydia needed another creative outlet and over the years she honed her craft as a photographer, specializing in product and watch photography in addition to her day job.
“As a product of the social media generation, it’s looking to market itself and find its place in the photography space,” says Hasselblad.