Carol Guzy Wins 2018 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award | PDNPulse

Photographer Carol Guzy of ZUMA Press has won the 2018 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for her reportage about the effects of the war against ISIS on the civilian population of Mosul. The Overseas Press Club announced the news yesterday. Reuters photographers Carlos Garcia Rawlins and Carlos Barria won the Olivier Rebbot Award, and Kevin Frayer of Getty Images won the Feature Photography award.

UPDATE: Another Contest Scam? Who Runs Monochrome and Monovisions Awards? | PDN Online

Photographers who were asked to judge the Monochrome Awards, a black-and-white photography competition that charges entry fees ranging from $15-$25 tell PDN that they never judged the competition. The stories of these photographers, and the refusal of Monochrome Awards representatives to respond to PDN’s questions about the organization and one of its organizers, Sebastian Markis, suggest there may be a connection between the Monochrome Awards and the International Photographer of the Year awards, another competition that came under scrutiny recently and is suspected of falsely promoting its jurors. Markis is also involved in a third organization, Monovision Magazine, which runs a black-and-white photography competition, PDN has learned.

Syrian Photographer Wins 7th HIPA Grand Prize of $120,000 | PDNPulse

Syrian photographer Mohamed Alragheb has won the $120,000 Grand Prize in the seventh annual Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA). The photographer was unable to attend the awards due to the ongoing hostilities in Syria. However, one of the subjects of the photograph, fellow photojournalist Abd Alkader Habak, received the prize on his behalf, and was given a special merit award for an extraordinary act of bravery.

New Yorker, W, and TIME Win Ellie Awards for Photography and Video | PDNPulse

The New Yorker magazine has won the 2018 National Magazine Award for feature photography for “Faces of an Epidemic,” Philip Montgomery’s photo essay about the growing opioid crisis in the U.S. W magazine won the award for photography for the fourth time, and TIME magazine, in conjunction with Mic, won the Video award for “Life After Addiction,” a video by Aja Harris and Paul Moakley. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday.

Photo Contest Judges Raise Alarm: We Didn’t Judge Anything…

There’s something strange going on with the International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY) photo contest. 11 of the 14 photographers listed as judges for the IPOTY 2017 contest say they weren’t asked to judge a single thing before the winners were announced in February (and the other 3 couldn’t be contacted).

These Are the Pictures of the Year From 2017 – The New York Times

Adam Ferguson was named Photographer of the Year in the 75th Pictures of the Year International competition, for work on assignment for The New York Times. Newspaper Photographer of the Year went to Magnus Wennman of Aftonbladet, a Swedish tabloid.

PDN’s 30 2018 : New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

Reading through the stories of these 30 photographers, I was reminded of something writer Ta-Nehisi Coates said in an interview with The Atlantic in 2013. In talking about the challenging process of turning a good idea into a finished work, he said: “I strongly believe that writing is an act of courage. It’s almost an act of physical courage.” Making something—a story, a body of work—can be grueling, requiring repetition and refinement and the will to work with intensity. The idea applies to any creative pursuit, and we see evidence of this “physical courage” in the stories of these photographers.

Finalists From Smithsonian Magazine’s 2017 Photo Contest – The Atlantic

The editors of Smithsonian magazine have just announced the 60 finalists in their 15th annual photo contest, selected from more than 48,000 entries sent in from 155 countries. They’ve once more allowed me to share a selection of these images here from the competition’s six categories: The Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images and Mobile. Captions were written by the photographers. Be sure to visit the contest page at to see all the finalists and vote for your favorites.

Davidson, Fosso, Women Photograph to be Honored at 2018 ICP Infinity Awards | PDNPulse

The International Center of Photography (ICP) will award Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson its Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Infinity Awards on April 9. ICP announced the winners of all the 2018 Infinity Awards yesterday.

On Photo Contests: Opinions Matter… but Please, Can’t We Be Civil?

I write a version of this story every year around this time: Photo Contest result time. And every year, it’s addressing the same grousing and whining and complaints about everything from non-diversified juries to images being too newsy or not newsy enough.

Which of These Images Should Be the World Press Photo of the Year? – The New York Times

World Press Photo has announced the six finalists for photo of the year, breaking a decades-long tradition of announcing the winners shortly after the judging. Although the winner has already been selected, the public announcement will come during an expanded awards ceremony on April 12th in Amsterdam. Lars Boering, the group’s managing director, hoped this new approach would lead to a television contract for the event that would bring a wider audience for photojournalism.

Do Photojournalism Contests Glamorize Pain and Suffering? – PhotoShelter Blog

In a break from the past, World Press Photo (WPP) released the short list of finalists in advance of naming the winners to their annual contest – arguably the most prestigious in all of photojournalism. The photos are remarkable for their composition, exposure and intimacy. But judging by the subject matter one might surmise that we’re living in a hellish dystopia, or that the jury believes pain and suffering is the most valid form of photojournalism.

Wennman, Hangst Top Prize Winners at POYi (So Far) | PDNPulse

Magnus Wennman, staff photographer at the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet, has won Newspaper Photographer of the Year honors at the 75th annual Pictures of the Year International competition. German photographer Matthias Hangst of Getty Images won Sports Photographer of the Year. The POYi competition is run by the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

World Press Photo Announces Finalists for 2018 Awards | PDNPulse

this morning announced six finalists for the 2018 World Press Photo of the Year. The winner will be announced April 12 at a ceremony in Amsterdam.

These six photos are competing for a top photojournalism prize – The Washington Post

For more than 60 years, World Press Photo has selected the one photograph that defined 12 months of news, often putting the accent on some of the medium’s most iconic images. This year, however, the rules have changed. We will have to wait two months to find out which of the six shortlisted images will get the title for 2017.

Winners of the 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest – The Atlantic

Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced the winning photographers and images for 2018, with German photographer Tobias Friedrich being named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018. More than 5,000 images were submitted this year by photographers from around the world. Prizes and commendations were handed out in a number of categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black & White, Compact, Up & Coming, and, in British waters, Wide Angle, Compact, and Macro shots. UPY was once again kind enough to share some of this year’s honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers.

DJI Unveils the Best Aerial Photos of 2017

DJI has just announced the winners of its 2017 SkyPixel Photo Contest. The Grand Prize was awarded to photographer Florian Ledoux for his photo titled “Above the Polar Bear.”