Mark Peterson has won the first Photographer of the Year award, which honors a photographer in the PDN Photo Annual who has produced an outstanding body that reflects the year in photography. Peterson won the $10,000 prize for his book Political Theatre (published by Steidl). Honored in the Photo Books category of the Photo Annual, Political Theatre captures the showmanship and spectacle in American politics over the past three years. Peterson’s political coverage for MSNBC has been selected for three previous Photo Annuals.
Amber Bracken has been named the professional winner of the Marty Forscher Fellowship, which recognizes professionals and students who have made outstanding achievements in humanistic photography. Bracken, whose coverage of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock reservation was honored in the Photo Annual’s Photojournalism/Documentary category, will receive a $4,000 cash prize.
Emile Ducke, the student winner of the Marty Forscher Fellowship, will receive a $2,000 cash prize. A student at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover, Germany, Ducke photographed a remote community in the West Siberian Plains while he was an exchange student at Tomsk State University in Siberia. The Marty Forscher Fellowship is sponsored by Parsons The New School for Design and PDN.
Art Streiber is the winner of the Sony Tastemaker award, which comes with a $1,500 cash prize. The award, sponsored by Sony, honors a photographer who creates compelling commercial work and is a leader and influencer in the photography industry. Streiber is honored for his portrait of actor Rob Lowe, which is featured in the Advertising/Corporate Work category of the PDN Photo Annual.
Magnus Wennman is the winner of PDN Publisher’s Choice Award, and will receive $2,500. Wennman won for his 2016 book Where the Children Sleep (published by Kehrer Verlag), a collection of portraits of refugee children who have fled the civil war in Syria.
The images and videos in the PDN Photo Annual were selected from thousands of entries by a jury of 34 judges. The winners’ gallery is now online at shutterloveonline.com.
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