The Hasselblad Award is an international photography prize, awarded for the first time in 1980. It has been presented annually since then, with the exception of the year of Erna Hasselblad’s death 1983.
The Hasselblad Award is granted to “a photographer recognized for major achievements”. This may be an individual who has made a pioneering achievement in photography, who has had a decisive impact on one or more younger generations of photographers, or who has implemented one or more internationally significant photographic projects. Today the award comprises the sum of SEK 1,000,000, a gold medal and a diploma. In conjunction with the award ceremony, an exhibition of the work of the award winner opens at the Hasselblad Center.
Each year, the Board of Directors of the Foundation appoints an award committee of nationally and internationally prominent experts in photography. The committee nominates 3-5 candidates, after which the final decision regarding the award winner is made by the Board of Directors of the Hasselblad Foundation.
The Hasselblad Award is the most important prize in photography in the world today, and the award ceremony has become an international event of unique prestige, with award winners of great international renown.