© Swee Oh (USA)

John Paul Evans, who triumphed in the wedding category (see below), bagged a new Hasselblad camera along with ‘Master’ status following a public vote and judging by photographers and imaging experts.

wedding_johnpaulevans.web© John Paul Evans (UK)

‘The Masters Awards have always been the ultimate showcase to capture talent that flourishes across the globe,’ said Perry Oosting, CEO of Hasselblad, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary.

‘Our 2016 Masters has again demonstrated the outstanding skills out there across the entire spectrum of photo disciplines.’

Each of the winners now faces a fresh challenge: to create a unique set of images on the theme ‘inspire’ for the latest edition of the Hasselblad Masters Commemorative Book.

street_alirajabi.web© Ali Rajabi (Iran)

Jonathan Beer, one of the judges, said: ‘Picking my favourites from the 2016 finalists was immensely tough.

‘Some categories had obvious stand-out entries, but others were much closer to call.

‘Exciting creativity, backed up with technical excellence, was what I was looking for.’

Beer added: ‘The Hasselblad Masters has always been one of the most prestigious competitions in the industry.

‘The winners can take pride in, and benefit from, the coveted title Hasselblad Master for the rest of their careers.

‘I cannot wait to see what the winners create for the 2016 Masters Book.’

fashion_royrossovich.web© Roy Rossovich (Sweden)

fineart_katerinabelkina.web© Katerina Belkina (Germany)

Speulder RevisitedLars Van De Goor (Netherlands)

portrait_nataliaevelynbencicova.web© Natalia Evelyn Bencicova (Slovakia)

product_giorgiocravero.web© Georgio Cravero (Italy)

project21_jakereeder.web© Jake Reeder (Australia)

wildlife_davidpeskens.web© David Peskens (Netherlands)

Hasselblad Masters Awards 2016 winners

• Swee Oh (USA) Architecture
• Roy Rossovich (Sweden) Fashion/Beauty
• Katerina Belkina (Germany) Fine art
• Lars Van De Goor (Netherlands) Landscape
• Natalia Evelyn Bencicova (Slovakia) Portrait
• Georgio Cravero (Italy) Product
• Jake Reeder (Australia) Project//21
• Ali Rajabi (Iran) Street/Urban
• John Paul Evans (UK) Wedding
• David Peskens (Netherlands) Wildlife