Jeff bags his prizePress release:
The fourth and final round of the Hasselblad Anniversary Quiz, which
was run as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations to mark the birth
of the company's founder, Victor Hasselblad, has been won by Jeff
Amberg, a professional photographer from South Carolina in the USA, who
specializes in photographing people for corporate, marketing and
advertising materials. Jeff was one of nearly 30,000
photographers worldwide who entered the online competition.
Mark Duhaime, Marketing Director, Hasselblad USA Inc., presented Jeff
with his prize, a top-of-the-range, 39 Megapixel, Hasselblad H3D-39
DSLR with an 80mm lens, worth almost $32,000.
Jeff began his professional career as a photojournalist in 1980, having
been inspired by the likes of Richard Avedon, Elliott Erwitt, Steichen,
Eugene Smith and Karsh, although, as he comments, "It wasn't
until I met Charleston photographer, Bernie Maloney, that my fate was
Jeff developed his photographic skills over
the following ten years and then switched to commercial photography to
increase his earning potential. It's a decision he hasn't regretted and
his photojournalistic background has given him a unique style much
admired by clients. One advertising agency client has
remarked that he enjoys working with Jeff, "...because his
photojournalistic background has prepared him to get the shot in under
less-than-perfect conditions. And many photo shoots, after
all, wind up taking place under less-than-perfect conditions."
A Hasselblad user for almost 15 years up to about two years ago, Jeff
loved his Hasselblad 500CM (2) and 500ELX. However, with
digital photography overtaking analogue and Hasselblad not having the
specification of DSLR that he wanted at the time, Jeff compromised and
switched to another supplier. The switch didn't stop him
following the development of Hasselblad's digital camera system and
when the opportunity to win an H3D arose, Jeff jumped at the chance to
enter the Hasselblad Anniversary Quiz.
Jeff remarked: "I remember thinking how much I liked using the
Hasselblad system, and how nice it would be to get back into
it. Having rented a 22Mp Hasselblad and loved it, I thought
the 39Mp Hasselblad would be something special, so I entered the quiz."
When Jeff heard that he'd won the competition, he was astounded:
"Needless to say, I thought the guy from Hasselblad was pulling my leg.
I remember checking the option on the quiz, asking me if a Hasselblad
representative could contact me about more information. When
I finally recovered from the surprise, I was really excited - and still
Jeff is working on a project for which he thinks his prize will be the
ideal camera system: "I'm currently assembling data for a
portrait book of women from many different professions and the impact
they've had on their professions. I'm so excited about
winning the Hasselblad H3D-39, because I want to light these portraits
very dramatically, with lots of rich dark tones and convert them to
either tri-tone or quad tone reproductions. I can't wait to
get my hands on the H3D-39."
Jack Showalter, President of Hasselblad USA Inc., comments: "I'd
like to congratulate Jeff on winning his top-of-the-range, Hasselblad
H3D-39 DSLR camera. We're extremely proud of the H3D's
flagship, the H3D-39, which we consider to be the finest DSLR camera in
the world today; and judging by the total number of quiz entrants
worldwide - an amazing 30,000, a lot of other people think it's pretty
good too! The H3D-39 therefore makes a very fitting 'Grand
Prize' for the Hasselblad Anniversary Quiz and I'm sure that, from a
digital image quality perspective, it will meet and even exceed Jeff's
The Hasselblad H3D-39 camera is the world's first 48mm full-frame DSLR
camera system and offers an unsurpassed 39 megapixels on the largest
image sensor currently available in digital photography.
Built around a brand new digital camera engine, the H3D takes
photographic flexibility and image quality to new levels.
When compared with high-end 35mm DSLRs, the H3D delivers unmatched
pixel resolution, better colors and detail rendering and a new choice
of viewfinders for creative image composition. In comparison
with digital backs, the H3D delivers image quality with a higher level
of detail and true sharpness thanks to Hasselblad's Digital APO
Correction (DAC) and the advances of its new Ultra-Focus
functionality. The H3D's full-frame concept offers unique
control of image composition and with its new 28mm lens, the H3D allows
photographers for the first time ever to take wide angle shots on a 36
x 48mm sensor.