“PDN’s best 30“ probably sounds familiar to you. In 1999 already the Photo District News Magazine published its first “30 New and Emerging Photographers” list and thus started a new era in the photographic industry. Before that, young photographers barely had the chance to start a successful career or attract attention. They would usually work as newcomers and assistants for experienced photographers, practically doing a traineeship. The “PDN’s best 30” list, according to PDN editor Holly Hughes, has significantly helped to eventually overcome this system.
On the US American photographic market, the PDN list has an extremely high standard and is highly anticipated every year. Those who’ve made it on that list can expect a stellar career. And that’s exactly what PDN’s vision is about, to provide young and talented photographers chances for a successful career start.
Cool thing, I believe! And that’s why I’d like to show you the names of the recently published 2017 list HERE.
One of my favorites is Anastasiia Sapon, who immediately impressed me with her fresh way of creating portraits. Her candy colored backgrounds and the pastel elements in particular, which characterize her pictures, look great in my eyes. I’ll certainly use this idea one day.
The next one who immediately caught my eye is Ronan Donovan. Simply for the reason that he takes the most incredible photos of wolves I’ve ever seen. Wolves have always fascinated me and pictures that manage to capture the sovereignty and strength which these animals embody attract me in a magical way.
“In the midst of the Anthropocene, I strive to create visual stories that document the plight of our changing world.”
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Unpublished Yellowstone // Keeping with the theme of variations in gray wolf coat color – here is the daughter of the Canyon wolf pack (from previous post). She is also a very light colored wolf, like her mom. She'll likely get lighter and whiter as she ages. This photograph was taken in March of 2015. Notice anything interesting about her belly? This was just a few weeks before went to ground and gave birth, so that belly is full of puppies! @yellowstonenps #yellowstone #wolf #wolves #wyoming #wildlife #nature #unpublished #onassignment
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Unpublished Yellowstone // The alpha pair of the Canyon wolf pack trotting along a snowy Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. As I mentioned in my previous post, the pelt color of gray wolves can vary from black to white. This pair shows those extreme color variations well. These two are also the longest recorded alpha pair in Yellowstone, going on 8 years. She's 11 and he's 10 years old now! Amazing when you compare that to the average lifespan of Yellowstone wolves is 5 years. #yellowstone @yellowstonenps #wolf #pack #wolves #wildlife
Of course, it’s one of my greatest dreams to be on this list. Until then, however, I’m looking forward to seeing all the new faces that PDN is going to present us next year! 😉