Announcing the 2017 PDN Photo Annual Awards
May 2, 2017
Activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Protests against police brutality followed the shooting of Alton Sterling, a black man and father of five, who was held down by two white police officers and shot at close range.
More than two million children have become displaced due to prolonged war in Syria, leaving their friends, homes and beds behind. In this body of work, a few of these children offer to show where they sleep now, when everything that once was no longer exists.
More than 1,000 Syrian refugees gave birth in Greece in 2016; for this feature, TIME followed four of them. They are mothers to children of no nation, who were conceived in war and gestated in flight.
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.
“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.
Actor Rob Lowe sits in a bedroom-style “photo booth” at the entrance to the pink carpet before his Comedy Central Roast in 2016.
A body of work from Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, part of “The Voyages Issue: Visual Journeys from Six Photographers.”
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.”
We are thrilled to present the winning photography and multimedia of the 2017 PDN Photo Annual. Click here for a look at the exceptional work that was voted “the best of the year” across ten categories.
This is our biggest competition and gallery of the year, and you can see it in print in the June “Photo Annual Issue” of PDN, out this week. The gallery features the best work of 2017 from established professional, emerging professional and student photographers, and spans advertising, editorial and personal work, photojournalism, photo books, stock photography, video and more.
Featured in this gallery is the best work of 2016, as judged by our panel of 34 experts in the industry. Congratulations to each honoree for being part of this visual record, which features high-profile campaigns, editorial stories and news imagery, powerful personal projects and student work, video and multimedia pieces, photo books and much more. Many thanks to the jury, our sponsors and the photographers and organizations who entered work this year.