June 2017

PDN Photo Annual 2017

Amber Bracken

© Amber Bracken Amber Bracken photographed members of Standing Rock Sioux tribe and allies who set up camp to block the Dakota Access Pipeline endangering their territory and water supply. Her work is honored in the Photojournalism/Documentary category of the PDN Photo Annual.

View the winners of PDN’s Photo Annual 2017


The Gag Rule, in Ghana
Nichole Sobecki documents the threat Trump Administration policies pose to advances in women’s reproductive healthcare in Ghana.
By Martha T. Moore

Mashable’s Dustin Drankoski
The art director of the tech and digital culture website explains what kinds of photo stories he wants to publish, and how photographers should pitch them.
By David Walker

The $5,000 Inge Morath Award
Pre-screeners of the grant’s applications and two past winners—Daniella Zalcman and Danielle Villasana—share their advice.
By David Walker


Eugene Richards Reflects on His Job
On the eve of a museum retrospective, he discusses people and stories he’s photographed over four decades.
Interview by Holly Stuart Hughes

The Ups/Downs of the Year Past and Year Ahead
How the photo industry has responded to recent trends and challenges, and the developments that could affect photographers in the future.

Civic Dialogue Through Photography and Film
By David Walker

Non-Profit GroundTruth Project Supports in-depth International Reporting
By David Walker

Grantmakers Launch New Ways to Support Photography on Social Issues
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Photography Retailers Find Optimism in a Challenging Market
By Conor Risch

Photographers and Photo Editors Strive to Foster Diversity
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Photo Projects for Good
By  Stacey Goldberg

Photography in the Age of Machine Learning
By Greg Scoblete

Publications We’ll Miss & Notable Photo Agency Closings
By  Stacey Goldberg

A Big Year for Medium Format
By Aimee Baldridge

Feeling Blue
By Greg Scoblete

U.S. Customs Searches Have Journalists Stepping Up Their Digital Security
By Conor Risch


Photo Annual 2017
The juried selection of the best images of the year.

Expanding Refinery29
Photography director Toby Kaufmann discusses her commitment to mentoring women photographers and the diverse styles the busy site needs.
Interview by Holly Stuart Hughes

Gear & Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Light and Fit
Monica May explains how her lighting setup allowed her to shoot multiple images quickly, despite an uncooperative sun.
Interview by Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Reviews
Hands-on with Hasselblad’s head-turner, the X1D; Fujifilm’s first foray into digital medium format, the GFX 50S and DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro.
By Greg Scoblete

Frames Per Second: An American  Family
In his first documentary, photographer/filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski presents both the love and challenges one family faces in the course of a decade.
by Holly Stuart Hughes

Gear Roundup: Innovation Nation
From foldable drones to artificial intelligence software, these are the photo innovations we’re excited about.
By Greg Scoblete


Scene from Afar
Shane Lavalette used a 1939 project by Swiss photographer Theo Frey as his template for a new body of work that offers an outsider’s perspective on the country.
By Dzana Tsomondo

Through Mother’s Eyes
Cig Harvey uses photography to understand the beauty and anxiety of motherhood.
By Brienne Walsh

End Frame: In Memoriam