2017 PDN Photo Annual








Photo District News has announced the winners of its 2017 PDN Photo Annual competition. It selected 165 winners from thousands of entries across 10 categories, with winners ranging from established photographers to up-and-coming artists.
Of particular note, PDN awarded its first annual Photographer of the Year award to photographer Mark Peterson for creating an outstanding body of work that reflects the year in photography, and for his book Political Theatre. 
Head over to the official contest site to see all the winners.
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Photographer: Todd Anthony
Category: Advertising/Corporate Work
A summer campaign for UK brand Fab Ice Lollies, “A Sprinkle of Summer Fun.” [Client: Nestlé]
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Photographer: Julien Grimard
Category: Sports
From a series that captures freestyle mountain biker Matt Macduff attempting the Loop Of Doom, his subsequent crash and injuries.
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Photographer: Ami Vitale
Category: Magazine/Editorial
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.' [Publication: National Geographic]
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Photographer: Emile Ducke
Category: Student Work
A portrait of Aidara, a West Siberian village accessible only by boat and home to a small community of Russian Orthodox Old Believers. This faction continues liturgical practices prior to church reforms introduced in the mid-17th century. Life in Aidara, Ducke explains, consists of exhausting agricultural work, and beyond the village is a vast forest, prone to fires that the residents must control in the dry summers. [From a series]
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Photographer: Jimmy Chin
Category: Sports
For this shoot, Chin accompanied Felipe Camargo while he climbed the Getu Arch in China. [From a series]
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Photographer: Marcus Palmqvist
Category: Stock Photography
'Impossible Balance' tricks the eye with seemingly impossible moves by Swedish dancers caught in camera.
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Photographer: Amber Bracken
Category: Photojournalism/Documentary
A series about the members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies, who camped for nearly a year in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing their territory and their water supply. Though on its face the issue is the pipeline, the conflict is steeped in generations of violent history with the American government.
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Photographer: Piotr Naskrecki
Category: Personal Work
For the last few years Naskrecki has been documenting the lesser-known animals of Africa, which receive little attention due to their small size or elusive lifestyle. Images in this series were taken in Mozambique, 'one of the least explored countries on the continent, biologically and photographically.' [Photo of a pangolin, from a series]
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Photographer: Mark Peterson
Category: Photo Books
Peterson’s caustic black-and-white series about American politicians pulls back the curtain on their performances to show them as they really are. From shortly before the 2013 government shut down to the 2016 presidential election, Peterson cuts through the staging and reveals the cold, naked ambition for power. [Book: Political Theatre, Steidl]
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Photographer: Tyler Gray
Category: Personal Work
'Blue Collar' is an ongoing series that depicts the harsh beauty and big potential of the North American towns that never quite recovered from the 2009 financial crisis that decimated the manufacturing industry. [From a series]
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Photographer: Jack Davison
Category: Magazine/Editorial
'L.A. Noir' features the year’s best actors—including Ruth Negga, Emma Stone, Taraji P. Henson and Denzel Washington—channeling classic film-noir looks and scenarios. [From a series]
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Photographer: Shawn Corrigan and Steve Boyle
Category: Video/Multimedia
A short film about Carol, known as 'Grubby' to her teammates, who became a starting middle linebacker after just two weeks of practice in 2001, when women’s tackle football was in its infancy. Nine seasons, hundreds of tackles and one brief retirement later, she’s back for one final season with the Firebirds. [Film: Grubby's Last Stand]

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