The “Les 30” competition has officially announced its list of 30 up-and-coming photographers to watch in 2022. And as expected, it is absolutely stacked with amazing image creators with lots of work worthy of your attention.
Note: All images shown here are of this year’s contest winners.
Before we dive into the winners, it’s important to acknowledge the contest’s past, as it has a long history of showcasing some of the newest talent in the industry dating back to 1999. “The 30” is actually a new image of “PDN’s 30”, an annual feature. from the now defunct magazine, Photo District News. Originally the competition was called “30 Under 30”, but in the early 2000s the magazine decided to remove the requirement for photographers to be under 30 to qualify. Yet the competition has focused and continues to focus on emerging photographers who are at the start of their careers.
I know a lot about this contest because I wrote a profile for this inaugural issue in 1999, about the provocative work of Katharina Bosse. Most recently, in the April 2018 issue of NRP, I wrote profiles on three amazing photographers for Sarah Blesener, Ted Cavanaugh and Matthew Genitempo.
Currently, “le 30” is produced by Emerald Exhibitions, the former editor of NRP.
Notable past winners
Since its inception, this program has featured many up-and-coming photographers who have achieved great success, including photojournalist Lynsey Addario, commercial and editorial photography Jessica Pettway, nature and documentary photography Ami Vitale, photojournalist Benjamin Lowy, and fine- art photographer Elinor Carucci, to name but a few.
This year’s winner
You can consult the complete list of photographers for 2022 here. On the site, you’ll see a portfolio of images of each as well as short profiles that touch on some of the themes and ideas behind their work. The winners were chosen by a group of more than 50 editors, curators, gallery directors, editors, agents and photographers from around the world. Then a jury of five experts of the photography industry has selected the last 30 winning photographers.
Here are the 30 winners of this year’s competition:
Eric Hart Jr.
Xavier Scott Marshall
Irene Antonia Diane Reece
Alex Christopher Williams
Some of our favorites
There are plenty of standout photographers in the group (just three of our favorites are listed below).
For example, Russian-born documentary photographer Ksenia Kuleshova will definitely be a new photographer to watch. She seems to have the ability to blend a sense of surrealism with her simple compositions. According to her profile on the site, she is now a Canon Ambassador and her images have been published in The New York Times, National geographic, The Wall Street Journal, among others. She was also awarded the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for Student Photographers in 2020.
Another standout photographer is San Francisco-based Gabrielle Lurie. Although she started out as a fine art photographer and works as a retoucher, she pursues a career as a freelance photojournalist. His career seems to be gaining momentum. After starting at San Francisco Examiner, she worked more recently at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Atlantic, among many others. What’s fascinating to see is that his photojournalism photos seem to incorporate some fine art elements, in terms of a slightly unusual composition.
Additionally, fine art photography of people born in Chicago and based in Philadelphia single jay looks very impressive. He has a big eye, but powerful ideas to match that vision. On the site, her profile mentions that her “creative endeavors include photography, curating, writing, and more, and her interests span medical anthropology, blackness, fine art, and a deep commitment to caring for people.” others and to provide a platform”. Asked about his motivation for creating images, he answered with the following question: “Why are we doing all this? So we can understand the world.
Below are some of our other outstanding images by this year’s contest winners.