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Simon Frederick announced as judge on Master of Photography, Sky Arts

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Isabella Rossellini has today been announced as the host for Master of Photography, a new eight-part European talent content airing on Sky Arts in May 2016. Three photographers of international renown have also been announced as the jury for the show: Rut Blees Luxemburg, Simon Frederick and Oliviero Toscani will work with the contestants and together select the recipient of the biggest prize ever offered in a European photography competition: 150,000 euros.

Open to both professional and amateur photographers, a call for entries made in December was hugely successful, drawing applicants from across the continent. The final lineup of 12 includes Chiara Stampacchia (Italy), Gabriele Micalizzi (Italy), Gina Soden (UK), Lanka Perren (France), Laura Zalenga (Germany), Marta Lallana Garcia (Spain), Neal Gruer (UK), Rupert Frere (UK), Sebastian Siebel (Germany), Yan Revazov (Russia), Dragica Carlin (Croatia), Hongwei Tang (Austria). In addition to the substantial financial award, the final photography by the winner will be donated for display in a leading European museum.

Also featuring special guests including international photographers and celebrities, Master of Photography has been created by the Sky Arts Production Hub, a commissioning and production centre for excellence dedicated to creating quality arts programmes for Sky's 21 million customers across the UK and Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria. The series will include a series of photographic challenges at locations across Europe designed to test the participants abilities across a range of styles and disciplines

Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, said: “We’re delighted to have such a prestigious and exciting line-up on board for Master of Photography. Today’s connected world saturates us with snapshots of fleeting moments, but the photographs that last are the result of skill, dedication and hours of hard work behind the lens. We hope this programme will demonstrate just how powerful and important photography remains, and that we bring some extraordinary undiscovered talent to light in the process.” The Sky Arts Production Hub will focus on producing pan-European events for customers across all Sky territories in addition to content locally commissioned. The arts initiative is one of the first major projects to come out of the newly enlarged Sky group and demonstrates the opportunity to launch new services to more customers. By bringing the three Sky businesses together, Sky is sharing its strengths and expertise to extend its lead in content and accelerate innovation across all the markets in which it operates.

Isabella Rossellini says of Simon "If you want style, beauty, passion and originality, look no further than the work of our Judge, the renowned international photographer Simon Frederick. From gallery shows to promo videos, documentaries, commercials, to short films, Simon is doing it all.His uncompromising aesthetic is a powerful mix of classic elegance and modern cool – just like the man himself – Mr. Simon Frederick’

Press release can be seen here: https://corporate.sky.com/media-centre/news-page/2016/isabella-rossellini-to-host-the-first-european-tv-talent-show-for-photographers?e=email-alerts

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