Our Choice of New and Emerging Photographers to watch


EACH YEAR SINCE 1999, the editors of PDN have selected 30 emerging photographers for a special issue, PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. Chosen after a review of approximately 300 portfolios submitted by photographers from around the world, the photographers selected for PDN’s 30 represent a variety of styles and genres, and have demonstrated distinctive vision, creativity, enterprise and versatility. PDN’s profiles of the selected photographers reveal how they honed their photographic styles, how they have shared and promoted their work, and the most valuable lessons they learned as they began to navigate the photography business.

You can read PDN’s 30 profiles and see samples of their work by clicking the links here.

To be considered for PDN’s 30, photographers must have been shooting on their own professionally for five years or less. There is no age limit. Most PDN’s 30 photographers were nominated by photo editors, art directors, curators, educators and fellow photographers around the world, and some were invited by PDN’s editors based on work seen in promotions, photo contests or at portfolio reviews.

Thanks to the support of the PDN’s 30 sponsors, PDN also hosts panel discussions on career strategies for emerging photographers at photo schools, workshops and festivals around the U.S. throughout the year.

Photographer Archives

Past PDN’s 30 Photographers from PDN’s extensive archives.

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