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Hasselblad Heroines announced in time for International Women's Day

Hasselblad Heroines 2022
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In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women's Day on 8 March, Hasselblad has just announced this year's Hasselblad Heroines. Now in its fourth year, the series recognizes female photographers for their abundance of creativity and dedication to the craft.

Each year, a number of women are selected from all over the world who work in a wide range of genres including architecture, food & drink, travel, portraits, conceptual fine art, wedding, nature and product photography. Many of these women have already had their images displayed in galleries, on billboards, in print and online but this award signifies how important their work is. 

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This year's Hasselblad Heroines include Lola Akinmade Åkerström (opens in new tab) an international best-selling author and travel photographer from Stockholm, Sweden, Stephanie Blomkamp (opens in new tab) who specializes in surreal portraits and conceptual photography from Cape Town, South Africa, Gigi Chung (opens in new tab), a fine art photographer from San Francisco, USA and Lisa Devlin (opens in new tab), a Brighton, UK  based wedding and magazine photographer. 

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They were joined by Aline Smithson (opens in new tab) who shoots entirely on film and founded the daily photography journal, Lenscratch and Annie Spratt (opens in new tab), a nature photographer based in the stunning New Forest National Park, UK. London-based photographer Karen Thomas (opens in new tab) became the first featured food & beverage Hasselblad Heroine and finally Lydia Winters (opens in new tab) from Stockholm, Sweden received recognition for her work as a product photographer, influencer and chief storyteller at Mojang Studios. 

From 2 March, each Hasselblad Heroine will be celebrated in a weekly spotlight on Hasselblad’s channels where they will be able to talk about their experiences, challenge they’ve faced, give out tips and share what inspired them to achieve their goals. 

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Isabella Tabacchi, a Hasselblad Heroine 2021 winner said, “Hasselblad Heroines has been instrumental in highlighting the outstanding work of female photographers. We have great women on our artistic world stage and every woman, with their unique photographic style in an essential contributor in the photography industry.”

Based in Sweden, Hasselblad has a reputation for making some of the most beautiful cameras, combining Scandinavian design and exquisite craftsmanship. For more than 80 years, Hasselblad has supplied photographers with kit that inspires and pushes them to create. To find out more about each individual photographer and view a selection of their work, head to the Hasselblad Heroines (opens in new tab) web page. 

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(Image credit: Lola Akinmade Åkerström)
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(Image credit: Lydia Winters)

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.