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Maserati and Photo Shanghai collaborate to create Neptune Photography Award

August 4, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Maserati, one of the leading luxury and performance carmakers in the world, proudly teams up with Photo Shanghai to initiate the Neptune Photography Award that aims to discover and support the next generation of photographers.
Since its inception in 1914, Maserati has been embodying craftsmanship, design and passion in every creation of their cars.  The Neptune Photography Award gives seven up and coming photographers – shortlisted at Student Focus of the Sony World Photography Awards and selected from over 220 universities studying photography – the challenge to creatively document the ways people “craft the future” with their hands. The Sony World Photography Awards launched in 2007, seeking the very best in international contemporary photography, the awards have established themselves as one of the world’s leading photography competitions. Professional competition, open competition, student focus and youth award are four annual competitions included in the Sony World Photography Awards. The Neptune Photography Award’s submissions were closed on July 20, 2014.

Human hands are central to everything people do. The Neptune Photography Award invited Christian Gobber, Managing Director of Maserati Greater China, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Liu Heung-shing, Thomas Shao, Chairman ofModern Media Group, Francis Hodgson, FT Photography Critic, and Bill Hunt, Photography Advisor (Francis and Bill are both on the Photo Shanghai Advisory Board) to assemble the judging panel to look for an imaginative series of work that captures uniquely and creatively the movement of hands.

The prize for the assignment that the seven young photographers will receive includes US$5,000, and an all-expenses paid trip to Shanghai to receive the Award at a Gala Dinner on 5 September. They will also be sent on a trip to Italy from September 18 to 20 this year to capture the Maserati centennial celebrations with their lens.

“Celebrating 100 years, Maserati already embodies sustainable design while sharing a beautiful story about our craftsmanship, heritage and history. Every car incorporates today elements of handcrafted luxury as it did when lovingly built by the Maserati brothers in a garage in Italy,” said Mr Christian Gobber, Managing Director of Maserati Greater China, “We are very pleased to join Photo Shanghai to embark on our search for ordinary people who share the same dream as the Maserati brothers, and capture their special moments of being passionate of what they can create and make a difference with their hands.”

Photo Shanghai, an inaugural international art fair dedicated to photography, will run from September 5 through 7 at the landmark Shanghai Exhibition Centre.  It aims to establish the most professional and international platform for fine art photography in the Asia-Pacific region. Works by the seven finalists selected by the Neptune Photography Award will also be displayed at Photo Shanghai.

“We are delighted to partner with Maserati to create this exciting new Competition.  The Neptune Photography Contest is about discovering and consequently nurturing and supporting the next generation of photographers,” said Scott Gray from Photo Shanghai. “We are thrilled to be working alongside such an iconic brand to provide this opportunity to the young photographers. We greatly look forward to viewing work from our ten talented finalists.”

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