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Best of 2017 Winner – Teri Campbell

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Cincinnati, Ohio www.teristudios.com “Intersection” First Place – Commercial “To me, this photo perfectly sums up the chaos and symphony that is Nepal. I don’t know if I could have expressed that when I clicked the shutter, but I did feel a need to capture this image – and I took as many shots as I could while our vehicle danced through the intersection, even straining my neck to get one or two more frames as…

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Best of 2017 Winner – Ian Spanier

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New York, New York www.ianspanier.com “Danskin Ballet” Third Place – Commercial “I love the challenge of working on location. I shoot in the studio a good amount – but find the role of problem solving when in an environment is more exciting. This includes making a studio on location. There’s something very satisfying in creating a mood through lighting that doesn’t exist in reality.” ASMP: Can you provide some background on your winning photo? Ian…

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Best of 2017 Winner – Peter Murphy

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Annandale, New Jersey www.peter-murphy.com “3am Black Horse Diner” First Place – Magazine/Editorial “It was shot around 3am on a brutally cold night in a town outside of Philadelphia. I’d already been to a couple of other places that night that didn’t work out. Here, the stars aligned and everything came together very quickly.” ASMP: Can you provide some background on your winning photo? Peter Murphy: The photo was part of a story on places that…

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Best of 2017 Winner – David Burnett

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Washington, DC www.davidburnett.com “Egyptian Synchro Swimming Team: RIO” Second Place – Magazine/Editorial “I was impressed by the level of their dedication and commitment to doing the hard work. They eventually placed 7th, I believe, in the competition, but watching their efforts that morning was very impressive.” ASMP: Can you provide some background on your winning photo? David Burnett: I had the chance to work with a small team of photographers for the Int’l Olympic Committee…

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Best of 2017 Winner – Meryl Schenker

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Seattle, Washington http://www.merylschenker.com/ “Pretty in Pink” Third Place – Magazine/Editorial “I always liked this photo, and had it in my portfolio. But last year during a portfolio review with John Keatley, he keyed in on it. It was at that moment I became aware that maybe I had a style or approach that I should pursue.” ASMP: Can you provide some background on your winning photo? Meryl Schenker: I was the photographer for a section…

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Best of 2017 Winner – Leasha Overturf

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Chicago, Illinois www.leasha.com “Conflict” First Place – Self Promotion/Personal “At one moment, I’m happy with the way I look, and the next moment I’m contemplating what I would change. I don’t mind getting older as I feel smarter with every year. I just don’t want to lose the details.” ASMP: Can you provide some background on your winning photo? Leasha Overturf: This is part of a self-portrait project called “The Details of Maintenance.” I am…

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Best of 2017 Winner – Michael Philip Manheim

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Arlington, Massachusetts www.michaelphilipmanheim.com “Girl Smoking” Second Place – Self Promotion/Personal “This was an early experiment with light, in my amateur photographer era. I learned, practiced, experimented, tried out the twists and turns that led to becoming a professional photographer. My explorations ranged from lighting, in this “Girl Smoking” photograph in 1959, to the kinds of photojournalism that I admired in the picture magazines of the time.” ASMP: Is there anything unique about your style or…

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Best of 2017 Winner – Steve Greer

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Lumberton, NJ www.stevegreerphotography.com "Triathlete Exiting the Water" Third Place - Self Promotion / Personal © Steve Greer "It’s always a little sketchy working with battery powered strobes over water," Greer said about the photo. "And because the athlete was also splashing, extra precautions were taken to protect the gear, and the assistants standing in the water, yikes!" ASMP: How long have you been shooting this type of photography? Steve Greer: I specialize in photographing Active...
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Best of 2017 Winner – Gene Smirnov

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania www.genesmirnov.com "Last Call" First Place - Series View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger All images © Gene Smirnov "Drinking is deep in the culture of Philadelphia. It's a city with history on every level. Stories are everywhere, but they always end up at the bars late at night. With this project I wanted to capture the current state of...
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Best of 2017 Winner – Tom M. Johnson

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania www.tommjohnson.com/ "Pittsburgh Parking Lot Booths and Their Attendants" Second Place - Series View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger View Larger All images © Tom M. Johnson "I came upon my first booth while working on a commission for the Heinz Foundation on parking lot structures in the cultural district of downtown Pittsburgh. It was a late December evening and I saw...
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