Hasselblad wants to know who YOU think is the best female photographer

Hasselblad Heroine 2023
(Image credit: Aline Smithson - Hasselblad Heroine 2022)

Hasselblad Heroines is returning for a fifth year, but this time there’s one key difference: for the first time ever, the public will be able to nominate any female photographers that they think should be recognized for their groundbreaking work in photography. Nominees will then be shortlisted by an expert panel of judges before deciding who will be crowned the overall winner. 

Since 2019, Hasselblad Heroines has provided a platform for female photographers from all over the world to showcase their work, share their stories and open up conversations around important, topical events. Hasselblad Heroines is open to photographers from any background and genre so long as they demonstrate creative vision, technical ability, and have an inspiring approach to photography.

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Nominated photographers do not need to have previously shot on a Hasselblad camera such as the Hasselblad X2D 100C, but if selected will be loaned a Hasselblad and lens to work on a new project. Each successful candidate will also receive support from Hasselblad to create a body of work that reflects their style and journey as a photographer. 

Last year's winners included Lola Akinmade Åkerström, a Swedish travel writer and photographer, surrealist portrait photographer Stephanie Blomkamp and UK-based wedding photographer Lisa Devlin. Karen Thomas became the first food and drinks photographer to win the award alongside fine art photographer Gigi Chung, product photographer Lydia Winters and nature photographer Annie Spratt

Nominations for the Hasselblad Heroines series will be open from mid-April and the winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony in June. If you have a female photographer in mind you think deserves to be nominated, you can do so on the Hasselblad Heroines website.

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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.