Photographer of the year: we shortlist the best of 2017 | Art and design | The Guardian

From photojournalism in conflict zones and refugee camps to reactive news, politics, and feature work, the shortlist for agency photographer of the year 2017 scratches only the surface of the breathtaking work seen by the Guardian’s picture desk over the past 12 months.

Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest – The Atlantic

National Geographic has announced the winners of its annual photo competition, with the Grand Prize Winner Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan receiving a prize of $7,500 for his image of an orangutan in Borneo. National Geographic was once again kind enough to let us display the winning images and honorable mentions here from the four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Aerials, and Underwater.

Léonard Pongo Wins $5000 Visura Grant for Work on Congo | PDNPulse

Léonard Pongo has won the 2017 Visura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project, for his long-term project “The Uncanny,” about daily life in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pongo, a member of Noor who was named a PDN’s 30 photographer in 2016, will receive a $5000 cash prize and a 90-minute consultation with editor and curator Scott Thode.

Winners of the 2017 Epson International Pano Awards – The Atlantic

The top-scoring panoramic photos entered in the eighth annual Epson International Pano Awards have just been announced. The contest is meant to showcase the best work of panoramic photographers around the world. Organizers reported that they received 5,377 entries from 1,322 photographers in 71 countries this year, competing for the top spots in five categories, for several special awards, and for some of the $50,000 in cash and prizes offered. Contest organizers were kind enough to share some of the winners and top scorers here, and I invite you to enjoy these wide images of our natural and human-built worlds on the largest screen available to you.

Mathieu Asselin, Dayanita Singh Win 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Prizes | PDNPulse

Mathieu Asselin’s book Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation has won the $10,000 First PhotoBook Prize in the 2017 Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook awards. Published by Verlag Kettler and Acte Sud, the book combines original photos, old Monsanto ads and archival material about the pesticide manufacturer. Dayanita Singh won PhotoBook of the Year for Museum Bhavan, her series of nine small, accordion-fold books contained within a clamshell box.  (See: Photo Book Making: Dayanita Singh’s “Museum Bhavan.”)

The 2018 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests | PhotoShelterBlog

Inside, get a breakdown of 42 photo contests worldwide and learn which contests to consider and which to pass up. We give each a verdict based on factors like entry fees, promised exposure and prizes, submission rights, plus direct feedback from past winners.

Mathias Svold Wins College Photographer of the Year

Mathias Svold of the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark has been named the 72nd College Photographer of the Year with the Gold award from the competition judged at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Mateusz Baj of the London College of Communication in London, England was named the Runner-up College Photographer of the Year with a Silver award in the Portfolio category.

Lizzie Sadin wins the 8th Carmignac Photojournalism Award – The Eye of Photography

On October 20th, the Hôtel de l’Industrie in Paris (6th Arrondissement) opened a sobering and visually striking exhibition. Lizzie Sadin is showing images from the series The Trap—Trafficking Women in Nepal. The exhibition has been distinguished with the 8th Carmignac Photojournalism Award. Thanks to a €50,000 grant, the French photographer was able to bring to light a form of modern slavery, which has thus far received little media attention, perpetrated in a society devastated by the 2015 earthquake.

The third annual Getty Images Instagram Grant honors Saumya Khandelwal – The Eye of Photography

Saumya Khandelwal (@khandelwal_saumya) is an India-based photojournalist working across social issues including gender and the environment. The images of her project entitled Child Brides of Shravasti follow the daily lives of young girls in a part of Uttar Pradesh, India who are forced into early marriages. Documenting the harsh realities faced by these children, Saumya Khandelwal uses Instagram to depict how the lives of these girls drastically change after child marriage.

The third annual Getty Images Instagram Grant honors Nina Robinson – The Eye of Photography

Nina Robinson (@arkansasfamilyalbum) is an Arkansas-based photographer who originally began documenting the everyday life of her family in rural Arkansas but later expanded her project to include other African-American communities in the area. Her project An Arkansas Family Album focuses on an intimate exploration of loss, love and tradition in a rural black Southern community.

The third annual Getty Images Instagram Grant honors Isadora Kosofsky – The Eye of Photography

Isadora Kosofsky (@isadorakosofsky), a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles, Isadora highlights American social issues from a humanistic stance. Her images range from depicting aging and poverty, to mental health and substance abuse, and her harrowing images of imprisoned minors were singled out by the jury.

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest, Part II – The Atlantic

National Geographic’s annual photo competition is still open, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 17. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $7,500, publication in National Geographic Magazine, and a feature on National Geographic’s Instagram account. Contest runners have allowed me to choose a few more of this year’s contest entries for display here. The captions below were written by the individual photographers and were lightly edited for style.

Raffy Lerma, In The Midst Of Violent Change: Covering The Philippine Drug War – The Eye of Photography

After presenting the recipients of the 2017 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography awards on October 18, 2017 (Daniel Garcia Castro, Edmund Clark and Alex Majoli), The Eye of Photography joins the organization and features the works of the prize finalists.

Getty Announces $40,000 Bursary for Emerging Photographers | PDNPulse

Getty Images has announced the creation of the Getty Images Creative Bursary for photographers who are under 30 years of age or have been working for three years or less. Getty plans to give $10,000 per quarter to help emerging photographers fund “dream projects,” the agency said in an announcement last week. Each quarter, a panel of judges will choose three photographers, splitting the $10,000 among them: $5,000 for first place; $3,500 for second place; and $2,000 for third.