At first, it’s hard to know what you’re looking at. Is it a painting? Elaborate graphics? Your imagination? No. It is 100% genuine Namibian landscape. Captured through the lens of Paul van Schalkwyk – the first Namibian to be nominated as a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Hasselblad Masters Awards.
Paul has been photographing Namibia from the land and the skies for over 40 years, showcasing the magnificence of our land. It is his ability to capture the unusual, the unseen, the [un]real, that has earned Paul a place as one of only 120 international photographers to be nominated as a Hasselblad Masters finalist in 2014.
Six of Pauls’ photographs of the spectacular Etosha National Park have been nominated: three in the Landscapes Category and three in the Fine Arts Category.
"Etosha", which means "place of dry water", is known for its 114 mammal species and its vast stretches of salt and clay desert that span some 5,000-square-km. The Etosha Pan is a 120km-long dry lake bed, the only geological feature on earths surface visible from space.
Take a look at the mind-bending photographs below, vote for your favourites (as many as you like) and let’s get Namibia into the Hasselblad Master books!
About The Hasselblad Masters Award
The Hasselblad Masters Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the industry, each year celebrating the best in both established and rising photographic talent. Masters Awards are given in recognition of a photographer's contribution to the art of photography and are judged on overall photographic ability, encompassing creativity, composition, conceptual strength, and technical skill. Past Masters include both renowned artists of international standing as well as promising newcomers in a wide range of fields and disciplines.
About Paul van Schalkwyk
Paul is a photographic artist from Namibia who has won more than 50 awards, both locally and internationally, for his work as photographer, cinematographer, director and writer.
"Timing is key. Miles above the earth, travelling at 120 miles per hour, art can only be produced on intuition, an intuition that is formed and fine-tuned only through years of experience. Years spent filming a pride of lions in Namibia’s Etosha National Game Reserve. Years spent documenting the political transformation that preceded Namibian independence. Years of breathing, seeing, living though the lens…"