One of the most prestigious photography competitions in the world, the Hasselblad Masters Awards, has announced the winners of its 2018 contest. The bi-annual competition, which received more than 31,500 entries, picked 11 winners from 11 diverse categories.
The winners will receive the title "Hasselblad Master" and will be a brand ambassador for Hasselblad for two years in addition to receiving a new medium format camera.
They will also be invited to shoot for a collaborative project with Hasselblad. This project will be printed and released in the bi-annual Hasselblad Masters book.
Among the 11 winners, there is a Malaysian from Kota Bharu
Named Nabil Rosman, who describes himself as "a boy of few words" on his Instagram profile, the boy from Kota Bharu won in the "Project//21" category.
Nabil's achievement is huge considering the fact that more than "30,000 images were submitted to this year's competition", which is a record high, according to Bronius Rudnickas, Hasselblad Marketing Manager.
And the competition was a fierce one. Even the Masters Jury member and professional photographer Tom Oldham said that he was struck by 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."
Nabil Rosman, Project//21 Category winner
The winners will be honoured at a special Photokina 2018 ceremony in Cologne, Germany this September.
Here some of the stunning photographs by the winners that were through a combination of public voting and a professional jury.
Speaking of photographers, Nabil is not the only one who has made his country proud. Here's a list we compiled a while back, featuring nine such Malaysian photographers who won international awards: