Sky Arts’ Master of Photography, the first ever televised talent contest for photography, concluded tonight. The winner has been announced as Gabriele Micalizzi, who will be awarded €150,000.

Over the past eight weeks, 12 amateur and professional photographers from different photographic disciplines have travelled to locations across Europe and tackled a series of challenges testing their ability, skill and instinct across a range of styles.

Season one’s winner is Gabriele Micalizzi. A former football player and professional tattoo artist from Milan, Gabriele has been a professional photojournalist for over 10 years. Social matters and political issues are at the core of his work and he is passionate about capturing the feelings of people out of the spotlight of the mainstream media.

Image by Gabriele Micalizzi

Image by Gabriele Micalizzi

The second season of Master of Photography has also being announced for 2017; a call for entries will open online on 14 September and close on 31 October 2016. Open once more to both amateur and professionals across Europe, the chosen contestants will again compete for a €150k prize. Full terms and conditions for entry will be posted on www.masterofphotography.tv.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts said:

“Master of Photography has been yet another success for Sky Arts – the UK’s only dedicated channel for the arts – so we’re delighted to be working with our European colleagues on a second season. As we hoped, the programme was a demonstration of just how powerful and important photography remains, and we brought some extraordinary undiscovered talent to light in the process. We look forward to seeing whom we might uncover in 2017”

Image by Gabriele Micalizzi

Image by Gabriele Micalizzi