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Esko Männikkö (b. 1959, Finland) documents the lives of those who inhabit the periphery. Initially a hunter, his passion developed from this to shooting photographs in the early 1980s.

Männikkö became widely known for The Female Pike, which featured bachelors living isolated lives in the Finnish countryside. In this series, as well as his work Mexas (1999), produced on the border between Mexico and Texas, each photograph is instilled with the peculiarities and unique characteristics of the individuals.

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PHOTOJOURNALISM
Matt McClain of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver receives $10,000 and a trophy for his portfolio of complex and memorable images, which chronicled the story of a town devastated by a tornado and helped make Colorado’s energy rush real to readers.

Finalists: Sam Dean, The Roanoke (Va.) Times, and John Moore, Getty Images

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Two of the photographers who participated in the 2008 World Press Photo judging, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, have written a fascinating article for foto8 about the judging process.

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Join Al Tompkins to learn what impressed the judges, what ethical issues arose in this year’s entries, and how the backpack journalist trend is affecting photojournalism.

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Detroit Free Press photographer Rashaun Rucker was named Photographer of the Year by the Michigan Press Photographers Association Saturday in its 55th annual Pictures of the Year contest.

Rucker, 29, is the first African American to win the award, which celebrates a year’s worth of exemplary visual storytelling.

“I almost cried,” Rucker said. “Even though I won, this is recognition for all the people at the Free Press who helped me throughout the year.”

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The SportsShooter.com clip contest is open to all members. And the members are the judges too. Enter each month, vote each month and you just may be crowned “SportsShooter.com Photographer of the Year” at the end of the year.

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The International Center for Photography has selected the winners of the 24th Annual Infinity Awards for Excellence in Photography.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is going to Malick Sidibé, a photographer from Mali who began documenting West African life in the 1950s.

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Getty Images announced today that Ian Martin and Lorena Ros will each receive $20,000 in funding, enabling them to pursue new documentary photography projects. In addition, each grant recipient receives collaborative support from Getty Images photo editors as they implement their winning projects.
Ian Martin’s project, “Hidden Minority: South Africa’s White Poor,” looks at the little-known problem of white poverty in post-apartheid South Africa.
Lorena Ros’ project “Silent Witness” documents the impact and prevalence of childhood sexual abuse in America while providing survivors with a safe, respectful way to address and share their experiences.

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Brad Mangin:

The email arrived on December 21, 2007. Subject: “Invitation to judge POYi.” The words that followed stunned me: “Greetings from Pictures of the Year International. My name is Rick Shaw and I am the director for the international photojournalism program. It is my privilege to invite you to participate on the judging panel for the 65th annual Pictures of the Year International competition (Newspaper and General Divisions).”

Holy cow. Was he serious? I immediately called Rick and told him I would be honored to judge POYi. I would not be going to spring training to cover the Cactus League till the end of February, so this fit perfectly into my schedule. I knew this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity would help me learn a lot and grow as a photographer. Having the chance to look at thousands of photographs over a six-day period with a panel of three other judges was a chance I wanted to take advantage of.

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A review of some of the preliminary awards, which often foretell Pulitzer success, as well as interviews with editors and current and former jurors, indicates some frontrunners have emerged.

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Photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair is the winner of the 2008 Alexia Foundation Grant for professionals, and Matt Eich, a senior photojournalism major at Ohio University, is the student winner, the Alexia Foundation announced today.

The Alexia Foundation for World Peace was established by the family of Alexia Tsairis, an honors photojournalism student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University who was a victim of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight #103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. She was returning home for the Christmas holidays after spending a semester at the Syracuse University London Centre.

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UPDATE: Rich-Joseph Facun won first place in general news reporting for this image of 5-year-old Evan Burgoon watching for his father at Oceana Naval Air Station.

Stephen M. Katz of The Virginian-Pilot was named the newspaper photographer of the year Friday night, taking the top honor in the 65th Annual Pictures of the Year International Competition.

“We’re extremely proud of the collection of images that Stephen put together,” said Randall Greenwell, director of photography for The Pilot, which is published by Landmark Communications Inc. “We knew that he had an excellent year and this honor certainly confirms it.”

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After hours of deliberation, four judges selected Stephen M. Katz of The Virginian-Pilot as the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Friday night.

“His pictures had diversity,” said Jeanie Adams-Smith, an associate professor of photojournalism at Western Kentucky University and one of the judges for the 65th annual Pictures of the Year International contest. “He could look at a big place at a microcosmic level.” She said that his strong stories, diversity, technical excellence and single frames stood out in his portfolio and separated him from the other photographers.

Scott Strazzante and Kuni Takahashi, both of the Chicago Tribune, placed second and third respectively.

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The White House News Photographers Association has launched a Student Photographer of the Year contest, and the deadline for entering the inaugural competition is March 1, 2008.

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In or out? With 45,000 images to get through, there’s barely enough time to capture a frame in the dimly lit room before judges decide whether an image stays or goes. It’s raining outside at the University of Missouri, but in Tucker Forum it’s sunny, cloudy, hot and cold as each image has its moment to shine on the big screen.

With fewer than a dozen spectators in the audience, the rain kept most from attending the first day of public judging during the 65th annual Pictures of the Year International competition. But that will change over the next three weeks, as students and professionals from across the country will join a group of 12 judges from around the world as they select winning images in each of this year’s 48 categories.

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POYi judging started yesterday and the results are starting to trickle in.

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the 49th annual Communication Arts Photography Competition. Any photograph first printed or produced between March 14, 2007 and March 11, 2008 is eligible.

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Hasselblad announces the ten winners of its Hasselblad Master Award for 2008. Whereas in previous years Hasselblad has awarded 12 separate Master Awards for overall photographic ability, the 2008 Hasselblad Master Awards are presented across ten separate categories of photography and the winners are as follows: Benjamin Antony Monn, Louis Palu, Andrej Kopac, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Bronek Kozka, Hans Strand, August Bradley, Morfi Jimenez Mercado, Gregor Halenda, Kevin Then

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