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Hasselblad Masters Awards 2016: Wildlife Category Winner David Peskens

2016-02-23 ‘It was a moment of magic’

Dutch photographer David Peskens decided the time was right to take his photography more seriously after graduating from university.Hasselblad_masters_2016_wildlife_david_peskensWinning entry in the Wildlife category photographed by Hasselblad Master David Peskens 

“I decided to not start searching for a job straight away,but to focus on what I love doing the most. I didn’t have a lot of fixed costs at that time, so it was the right moment to take the risk. Now, having won the Wildlife Category in the Hasselblad Masters, I can say that I did the right thing!”

Proving that you don’t need to scour the world to find great wildlife pictures, David’s winning image was shot just five minutes from where he lives. “It’s a small lake surrounded by forest,” he explains, “and all year round you can find a lot of waterfowl there. I shot the picture in springtime when there is often fog above the water after the cold nights and the trees had not yet acquired their leaves, so the sunlight can still penetrate.

“The atmospheric effects this can create are amazing: these two great crested grebes where swimming around each other and, at a certain moment, they looked at each other exactly in front of the beam of sunlight touching the water. It was a moment of magic.”

After entering the Masters competition David largely forgot about it and was surprised some months later to receive a call from London. “ I thought it was a little strange,” he says, “but when I picked it up it was Hasselblad calling to congratulate me on winning the Wildlife Category. I was so taken aback I didn’t know what to say, but now I’m starting to realise how big the competition is and the kind of impact that it might have on my career. I’m really honoured to be amongst the winners.”

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See all the winning entries in Hasselblad Masters 2016 here

The ten winners will be tasked to create a new and unique set of images, using a Hasselblad Medium Format camera, embracing the theme ‘Inspire’ (coinciding with Hasselblad’s 75th anniversary) for the latest edition of the Hasselblad Masters Book. The Winners will receive their trophy and their own Hasselblad camera to keep at a special photokina 2016 ceremony in Cologne this September.

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