The editors of Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning publication for professional photographers, have announced their annual list of the top 30 emerging photographers for 2014. Now in its 15th year, this special issue and online gallery highlight 30 photographers who were selected from more than 300 nominated photographers because of their distinctive vision, creativity, and versatility. This year’s PDN’s 30 represent nine countries and virtually every genre of photography. Selections of images by this year’s PDN’s 30, along with their profiles, can be found online at http://pdns30.com/2014.
The April issue of PDN, whose theme is “PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch,” will feature the photographers and their work. The magazine will also host six panel discussions on career strategies for emerging photographers at six photo schools, workshops and festivals across the U.S., beginning with the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City (date to be announced shortly on the AboutPDN’s 30 page of the online gallery). PDN’s 30 for 2014 is sponsored by Sony, Offset and Canson.
“In the 15 years we’ve been publishing our selection of PDN’s 30, we have seen a variety of photographic styles and approaches, but the passion and dedication of these photographers has remained constant throughout the years,” says Holly Stuart Hughes, editor of PDN and one of the five PDN staff members who selected the 30. “What stands out to me about this year’s PDN’s 30 is the inventiveness they put into pursuing the projects and stories they care about, and the ingenious and innovative ways they are sharing that work with the world.”
This year’s PDN’s 30 include a former citizen journalist whose coverage of unrest in Egypt has attracted over 30,000 Twitter followers and the attention of international photo editors; a photographer whose popular Tumblr earned him a book publishing deal; photographers who have found collaborators and clients through Tumblr; and a commercial photographer who landed assignments from Jordan Brand and Nike with the help of personal projects he shared via self-published books and on social media.
Profiles on the 2014 PDN’s 30 photographers, covering the development of their photographic styles, the most valuable lessons they’ve learned, the mentors who helped shape their careers and, of course, their photographs, can all be viewed at http://pdns30.com/2014.