Thursday, July 31, 2014




Maserati and Photo Shanghai collaborate to create Neptune Photography Award
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.”

To learn more about the Neptune Photography Award, please visit

About Maserati
Maserati was founded in Bologna, Italy, on December 1, 1914 and officially started operation on December 14, 1914. The nucleus of the company was then represented by Alfieri Maserati and two of his brothers, Ettore and Ernesto. They all had an interest in mechanics and a love for speed. Though engaged in all matters technical and commercial of their new enterprise, they all at one point sat behind the steering wheel of their racing cars in the golden days of motor racing. A fourth brother, Bindo, joined the company when Alfieri died in 1932. A fifth brother, Mario, is credited with designing the famed Maserati logo, drawing inspiration from the Neptune fountain in downtown Bologna.

Maserati produced its first car in 1926 – a race car named Tipo 26. It debuted with a victory in the 1926 Targa Florio, the first of an endless string of wins which include two editions of the Indianapolis 500, 9 wins in Formula One and the 1957 F1 World Championship. In 1947 Maserati stunned the world with its first passenger car, the A6 grand tourer. And in 1963, with the first generation Quattroporte, Maserati  gave the automotive market a car that simply wasn’t there – the world’s first sports luxury sedan.

The Centennial could not have come at a better time, with models such as the brand-new Quattroporte and Ghibli drawing inspiration from a long tradition of successful automobiles which have each redefined Italian sports cars in terms of style and performance, comfort and elegance – and are now taking the world by storm.  For more information, please go to:

About Photo Shanghai
The World Photography Organisation and Montgomery recently announced the inaugural edition of Photo Shanghai, the first international art fair dedicated to photography in China.  The Fair will run from 5-7 September at the landmark Shanghai Exhibition Centre, and aims to establish the most professional and international platform for fine art photography in the Asia-Pacific region.  For more information go to:

About WPO
The World Photography Organisation (WPO) supports professional, amateur and student photography, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends in Photojournalism, Fine Art and Commercial photography. Delivering various initiatives and programmes across this global community, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating cultural activities for the public to participate in. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are: the Sony World Photography Awards; the World Photography Student Focus Competition and Youth on Assignment. In addition the WPO have recently launched Photo Shanghai, Asia-Pacific’s premiere international Art Fair focused on photography. For further information visit

About The Sony World Photography Awards
The Sony World Photography Awards is widely recognised as the leading global photographic awards programme in existence today. Launched in 2007, in which time over 555,000 images from 230 countries have been submitted.  The awards are dedicated to supporting and cultivating photographic culture. The competitions are judged each year by new juries selected from the World Photographic Academy and wider global industry.

The Competitions include:
Professional Competition - for serious photographers;
Open Competition - for amateurs and enthusiasts;
Student Focus - for those studying photography.
Youth Award for anyone aged 19 and under.

Highlights from the shortlisted contestants

The highlighted photographs from the 7 shortlisted contestants of Neptune Photography Award.
  • Jordan VarSise - “The Things We Carry” series
  • Li Dan Dan - “With you through Thick and Thin” series
  • Nadia Navarro - “The power of the hands” series
  • Russell Bruns - “Starting to learn” series
  • Scarlet Evans - “Deni’s Garage” series
  • Sebastian Vacariuc - “Skills” series
  • Tor Birk Trads - “Speaking Hands” series
The Things We Carry
Photographer: Jordan VarSise
What I find interesting about our hands is what they are doing when they aren’t occupied by material objects. When there is nothing to fill the void between our palms, we are faced with the reality of what we are truly holding onto.
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With you through Thick and Thin
Photographer: Li Dan Dan
In my life there is such a hands suffered years of vicissitudes, tasted human suffering, stick totheir love. I told her 23 years of living together, she nurtured me grow up. I did not witness her youth, but I have witnessed her love, and I also witnessed them through thick and thin years Love, in my memory always some lingering years she has become accustomed to fragment. I put these fragments together, and tells the story of her love.
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The Power of the Hands
Photographer: Nadia Navarro
Some of the abilities people have passed through their hands, that's why to make my series “the power of the hands” I looked for real people at their workplaces. Behind the hands of each person there always be a story to tell.
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Starting to Learn
Photographer: Russell Bruns
This is where I started to make. This is where I learnt how to create. This is where I started to fight. This is where I learnt how to write. This is my primary school. This is privilege.
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Deni’s Garage
Photographer: Scarlet Evans
This series documents life working in a small garage in east London.
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Photographer: Sebastian Vacariuc
Everything we do, we do with our hands. Working with hands is not easy; some activities require more skills, accuracy and sometimes sacrifices. In this series I focused my attention on the jobs in which the hands are more involved and precision is the common feature.
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Keld, Happen
Speaking Hands
Photographer: Tor Birk Trads
While the hand for majority of people is a mere tool for daily life and chores the hands are something much more important for a small minority. For people with hearing disabilities the hands are their tongue and their ears: their basic means of communication.
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