Open Call: 2017 PDN Photo Annual

Hello Colleague,

If you haven’t yet heard, the 2017 PDN Photo Annual is open for entries through February 3rd at It’s the 16th year we’ve hosted this prestigious competition, welcoming entries from photographers of all walks of life and honoring the best photography of the year. There are 10 categories in the annual, spanning assigned and personal work, photo books, student work, self-promotion pieces, stock and multimedia.

We are incredibly privileged to have the Photo Annual entries judged by some of the most influential creatives in the world, who work for National Geographic, WIRED, Getty Images, 72andSunny, The California Sunday Magazine, BBC News, Bon Appétit, ESPN The Magazine and many more. You can see this year’s jury here.

Our special awards and prizes include the return of the Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for one pro ($4,000) and one student ($2,000), the $1,500 Sony Award, the $2,500 PDN Publisher’s Choice Award, and the new $10,000 Photographer of the Year Award, which can be awarded to ANY winner of the Photo Annual.

I encourage you to get your work in front of our judges and take advantage of the promotion that the Photo Annual brings. All winners will be published in the highly anticipated June issue of PDN, with additional distribution to photo editors and art directors who hire photographers, and prominently displayed at Barnes & Noble locations. An online gallery featuring winning work is our most-shared gallery of the year.

This summer, all winners and their creative teams will be invited to our Photo Annual party and awards ceremony in New York City. I am looking forward to seeing both familiar faces and new photographers who are making their mark in the photography industry.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at For technical support, you can reach my team at


Lauren Wendle
Vice President
Photo District News

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