PDN’s 2017 Photo Annual

May 3rd, 2017

By Kristin Dyak

PDN has announced the winners of their 2017 Photo Annual. Congratulations to National Geographic Creative represented photographers Jonathan Kingston (Photojournalism/Documentary) and Ami Vitale (Magazine/Editorial). The PDN Photo Annual is judged by a panel of experts in the industry. The honorees are part of a visual record, which features high-profile campaigns, editorial stories and news imagery, powerful personal projects and student work, video and multimedia pieces, photo books and much more.

Pandas, once dangerously close to extinction, are being sent back to the wild. Following China’s massive captive-breeding program, this series shows the next step in the attempt to save the country’s “most famous ambassador.”

See more images by Ami Vitale and her giant panda collection here.

Young Crow Indians team up with National Geographic photographers to explore the roots of their community.

See more images by Jonathan Kingston here.

74th Annual POYi Competition Winners

February 28th, 2017

By Kristin Dyak

Congratulations to photographer Pete Muller for being named Photographer of the Year in the 74th annual Pictures of the Year International competition!

In addition to Muller’s award, several National Geographic Creative photographers were also recognized in various categories. See a few of the award winning photos below. Browse more images from each story that are available for licensing.

Science & Natural History Picture Story, Photographer Ami Vitale, “Pandas Gone Wild”

See more from this story here.

POYi began as a photographic contest in the spring of 1944 in Columbia, Missouri. Its stated purpose was, “to pay tribute to those press photographers and newspapers which, despite tremendous war-time difficulties, are doing a splendid job; to provide an opportunity for photographers of the nation to meet in open competition; and to compile and preserve…a collection of the best in current, home-front press pictures.”

Science & Natural History Pictures Story, Photographer David Guttenfelder, “Bison: Nowhere to Roam”

See more from this story here.

Feature Picture Story, Photographer Matthieu Paley, “Exploring 3,000 Miles Through China’s Wild West”

See more from this story here.

Award of Excellence, Photographer Michael Hanson, “Dominican Baseball”

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View the complete gallery of winners here.

2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners

October 19th, 2016

By Kristin Dyak

We are pleased to announce that Tim Laman, Ronan Donovan, Charlie Hamilton James and Thomas Peschak have been honored in the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The winning images reveal the abundance, beauty, resilience and vulnerability of life on Earth. Laman was named a grand title winner for his image Entwined Lives, showing a critically endangered Bornean orangutan in the Indonesian rainforest.

Hamilton James and Laman are joint winners for The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Story for Laman’s While the Forest Still Stands and Hamilton James’ Vultures: Circling Calamity. The award is given for a story told in just six images, which are judged on their story-telling power as a whole as well as their individual quality.

The photos in this gallery are currently under embargo for licensing. See more work by Tim Laman here.

See more images of Hamilton James’ vulture coverage here.

Photo by Charlie Hamilton James: A grizzly bear fends off ravens to feed on a bison carcass.
Photo by Ronan Donovan: A biologist with the Yellowstone Wolf Project uses a tranquilizer dart to immobilize wolves. 
Photo by Thomas P. Peschak: A coconut crab gets silhouetted by the photographer’s torch light.

 

Skip Brown and Jody MacDonald amongst Red Bull Illume 2016 Photo Competition Winners

September 30th, 2016

By Kristin Dyak

Congratulations to Skip Brown and Jody MacDonald for being amongst the top 55 images and finalists in the Red Bull Illume 2016 photo competition Mobile Category. The Winner Awards Ceremony was a unique occasion last night, with the spotlight turned on the unsung heroes behind the lens whose remarkable images represent the very best raw moments in action and adventure sports photography. It’s the culmination of countless hours of hard work and a long wait for the 5,646 photographers from 120+ countries who submitted 34,624 mind-blowing images to Red Bull Illume Image Quest. The opening of the Illume exhibition gallery at Wrigley Square located in the heart of Chicago’s Millennium Park, marked the kickoff of the 2016 Red Bull Illume Global Exhibit Tour. Click here for the exhibition tour calendar.

Photo by Skip Brown/National Geographic Creative

Skip is an avid athlete who is always trying the newest and most extreme water sports with camera in hand (or strapped to his equipment!). See more of Brown’s water sports images available for licensing here.

Photo by Jody MacDonald/National Geographic Creative

Jody is an award winning adventure sport and documentary photographer that explores the wildest corners of the planet. See more of Jody’s images available for licensing here.

PDN’s 2016 Photo Annual

By Kristin Dyak

May 11th, 2016

PDN 2016 Photo Annual, May 11th, 2016. National Geographic Creative.

See more images by Steve Winter available for licensing here.

PDN has announced the winners of their 2016 Photo Annual. Congratulations to National Geographic Creative represented photographers Steve Winter (Magazine/Editorial), Deanne Fitzmaurice (Personal), George Steinmetz (Photo Book & The Epson Printmakers Award) and Andy Bardon & Cory Richards (Video/Mulitimedia). The PDN Photo Annual is an esteemed accolade for established photographers and a jumping-point for student and emerging photographers breaking into the field. This annual survey of the best work of the year is judged by their panel of visual experts in photography and multimedia, including National Geographic’s Sarah Leen

PDN 2016 Photo Annual, May 11th, 2016. National Geographic Creative.

Photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice’s image also won American Photography AI-AP.  See more images by Fitzmaurice available for licensing here.

See more images by George Steinmetz here and more videos by Andy Bardon and Cory Richards available for licensing on our Motion site

Sergio Pitamitz Wins at NPPA’s Best Of Photojournalism 2016

By Kristin Dyak

April 18th, 2016

National Geographic Creative.

National Geographic Creative represented photographer Sergio Pitamitz has won first prize at the National Press Photographers Association’s Best Of Photojournalism 2016 competition in the Environmental Science category. When asked about the story behind this award-winning capture, Pitamitz explains, “I noticed that the alligators were waiting near the bank of the river where the current was strongest. Tiger fish are predatory Central and South American freshwater fish. I took other pictures of the alligator jumping out of the water, but it wasn’t until I downloaded the images that I found this incredible shot. I didn’t see it during the action because it happened so quickly!”

See more images by Sergio Pitamitz here.

The Lucie Foundation Honors Stephanie Sinclair with the Humanitarian Award

By Kristin Dyak

October 29th, 2015

The annual Lucie Awards, presented by the Lucie Foundation, honored photographer and journalist Stephanie Sinclair with the Humanitarian Award for her thirteen-year project, Too Young to Wed. Industry leaders including Jean-Francois Leroy, Kathy Ryan and Chris Johns congratulate Sinclair on her dedication, passion and tireless efforts to give a powerful voice to those who cannot be heard. Too Young to Wed exposes the secrecy of child brides and violations of human rights. Sinclair thrives to tell the truth, and in doing so she has instigated change and truly makes the world a better place. 

See more powerful images in Sinclair’s collection

The Lucie Foundation Honors Stephanie Sinclair with the Humanitarian Award

By Kristin Dyak

October 29th, 2015

The annual Lucie Awards, presented by the Lucie Foundation, honored photographer and journalist Stephanie Sinclair with the Humanitarian Award for her thirteen-year project, Too Young to Wed. Industry leaders including Jean-Francois Leroy, Kathy Ryan and Chris Johns congratulate Sinclair on her dedication, passion and tireless efforts to give a powerful voice to those who cannot be heard. Too Young to Wed exposes the secrecy of child brides and violations of human rights. Sinclair thrives to tell the truth, and in doing so she has instigated change and truly makes the world a better place. 

See more powerful images in Sinclair’s collection

PDN Photo Annual Awards Celebration 2015

By David Bowman

June 11th, 2015

PDN Photo Annual Awards Celebration 2015

It was a beautiful June evening in Manhattan last night – the perfect night to watch the sunset over New York City from the Tribeca Rooftop with my rep Rachel De Ruyter. I was honored to be a part of the invitees at the yearly party thrown for the winners of the Photo District News’ 2015 Photo Annual competition. My stock photography series of images of the Minnesota State Fair served as my ticket. 

The event began with a brief ceremony to thank the winners and present awards. Afterwards, we were treated to hors d’oeuvres and an appreciated open bar. The place was packed. It was so great to catch up with people that I had connected with in the past, but never had the chance to meet in person. At one point, I turned to my left and realized that I was sitting next to Greg Garry, editor of OUT Magazine, who had previously sent me on assignment to shoot NFL punter Chris Kluwe for the magazine’s cover.

I ran into some fantastic fellow photographers as well – Landon Nordeman, Ira Block, and Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb, to name a few. Of course, industry leaders were also in force. It was great to meet and chat with PDN editors Conor Risch and Holly Hughes and Tom Kennedy, president of ASMP, and former director of photography at National Geographic magazine.

Thanks to PDN, Rachel and Manhattan for a wonderful night!

PDN Photo Annual Awards Celebration 2015

Left: Lauren Wendle, VP/Group Publisher PDN, and daughter.
Center: Rachel De Ruyter, talent representative Nat Geo Creative and Tom Kennedy, president ASMP
.
Right: Holly Hughes, editor PDN

See more of Bowman’s images from America’s fairs here and follow him on Instagram.

PDN Photo Annual Awards Celebration 2015

By David Bowman

June 11th, 2015

PDN Photo Annual Awards Celebration 2015

It was a beautiful June evening in Manhattan last night – the perfect night to watch the sunset over New York City from the Tribeca Rooftop with my rep Rachel De Ruyter. I was honored to be a part of the invitees at the yearly party thrown for the winners of the Photo District News’ 2015 Photo Annual competition. My stock photography series of images of the Minnesota State Fair served as my ticket. 

The event began with a brief ceremony to thank the winners and present awards. Afterwards, we were treated to hors d’oeuvres and an appreciated open bar. The place was packed. It was so great to catch up with people that I had connected with in the past, but never had the chance to meet in person. At one point, I turned to my left and realized that I was sitting next to Greg Garry, editor of OUT Magazine, who had previously sent me on assignment to shoot NFL punter Chris Kluwe for the magazine’s cover.

I ran into some fantastic fellow photographers as well – Landon Nordeman, Ira Block, and Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb, to name a few. Of course, industry leaders were also in force. It was great to meet and chat with PDN editors Conor Risch and Holly Hughes and Tom Kennedy, president of ASMP, and former director of photography at National Geographic magazine.

Thanks to PDN, Rachel and Manhattan for a wonderful night!

PDN Photo Annual Awards Celebration 2015

Left: Lauren Wendle, VP/Group Publisher PDN, and daughter.
Center: Rachel De Ruyter, talent representative Nat Geo Creative and Tom Kennedy, president ASMP
.
Right: Holly Hughes, editor PDN

See more of Bowman’s images from America’s fairs here and follow him on Instagram.