Examining more than 240 projects submitted for the ninth annual Best of ASMP to narrow the field to twenty finalists was an inspiring yet exhausting task. The quality of work was at an all-time high, leading Best of ASMP judge Herb Ascherman to comment, “There is more good work in this year’s submissions than what we’ve seen cumulatively in the past three years.”
The caliber of work was so strong in 2013 that only photographers never before honored in a Best of ASMP issue made the final cut. In fact, this year’s laureates include several photographers whose projects were highly rated but fell short of selection in 2012.
Submissions were received from most of ASMP’s 39 chapters and this year’s honorees hail from 11 different chapters, with two or more finalists representing New York City, Washington, D.C., South Florida, Colorado, Northern California and Seattle chapters.
In 2013, our finalists’ projects span a lively mix of creative vision and technological savvy, from Fritz Liedtke’s intimate freckle-faced portraits, painstakingly printed as fine art photogravures, to Chris Odom’s complex, live-streamed production of Key West Race Week Live, which incorporates photos, video and social-media interactions streamed to audiences on land from an offshore racecourse. Richly articulated projects such as Scherley Busch’s ongoing, long term documentation of Florida Women of Achievement, Jeremy Lurgio’s multimedia reportage Lost and Found Montana and Andy Snow’s multifaceted commission in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913 highlight the vast array of resources now at the fingertips of visual communicators, which allow individuals to tell stories in ways never before possible.
We sincerely thank everyone who responded to this year’s call for projects and heartily congratulate the 20 finalists. Please know that all material reviewed for the Best of ASMP is considered for coverage in the ASMP Bulletin’s other four annual issues. With this in mind, keep tabs on your strongest projects to submit for consideration in the Best of ASMP 2014 — our tenth anniversary issue!