magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.) announced the winners of its 2nd annual American Photo Images of the Year Competition today. Seven winners and forty three finalists were selected out of thousands of entries from around the world, from individual photographers, photo agencies, magazines and art galleries. Winning photographs were selected in six categories: Photojournalism and Documentary; Commercial; Portrait and Wedding; Nature; Student Work; and Personal Work.
“To say we were impressed with the entries is quite an understatement,” says David Schonauer, Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of American Photo. “The quality of photography made our judging process extremely challenging.”
Many photography contests are held around the world each year, but the Images of the Year Competition is unique in the breadth of photography it showcases, from photojournalism to fine art, from advertising work to student work, from nature photography to wedding photography. The competition represents, in the strongest terms, American Photo’s commitment to finding and publishing the best photography in the world, from professional photographers and amateurs alike.
The winners are:
- Commercial: Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair
- Portrait/Wedding: Martin Schoeller
- Nature: Tom Mangelsen
- Personal: Chris Anthony
- Adam Makarenko
- Photo Journalism: Michael Kamper
- Student: Sean Salyards
This year’s jury included noted editorial and advertising art director Marc Balet; author and filmmaker James Crump; and photojournalism legend Eliane Laffont, who, among other endeavors, co-founded the sigma photo agency. Joining them was American Photo’s executive editor, Russell Hart.
With the support of Epson, Microsoft and Samsung, these photographers will share over $15,000 in prizes.
The Grand Prize winner will be announced at a private event at the Splashlight Studio Gallery in New York City on December 6th. The winning photographer will be featured in the January/Feb issue of American Photo magazine.
About American Photo:
AMERICAN PHOTO, published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., offers a unique visual environment and authoritative editorial voice that inspires and informs an audience of advanced photography enthusiasts and photo professionals. These are opinion leaders who respond to excellence in imagery, design, and writing. American Photo intends to be the “bible” of the photographic world in the United States, covering the art and the swiftly-changing technology of photography. Finally, American Photo celebrates photography in a cultural setting, showing readers new ways in which to enrich their own photographic lifestyles.