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Best of ASMP 2011

Choosing twenty finalists from more than 150 projects submitted for the seventh annual Best of ASMP was a challenging task. The quality of work was overwhelmingly strong, and nearly one-third of the submitted projects received a rating of four or above in a scale of one to five. Submissions came in from most of ASMP’s 39 chapters, along with several strong international candidates. In 2011, Best of ASMP finalists truly have a global reach, with image makers hailing from nine different states in addition to Switzerland, Indonesia and Australia.


ASMP’s general members were also well represented among this year’s submissions. This membership category comprised nearly two-thirds of all submissions received, including 18 out of the 20 finalists.


Best of ASMP 2010 photographer Herbert Ascherman and ASMP Bulletin editor Jill Waterman carefully reviewed each submission and pooled their results to arrive at the 20 finalists. Every project was individually evaluated on its own merits and assigned a numeric rating, and these were tallied to arrive at a shortlist. While the high caliber of submitted materials was of utmost importance, finalist rounds extended to a thorough review of each photographer’s Web site.


In 2011, our finalist’s projects are all over the creative and the technological map, from archival documentation on medium format film to digital imagery shot using a remote helicopter with a video downlink, and beyond. Several of this year’s featured projects also mirror current industry trends by incorporating multimedia, video and audio content. One hopeful observation about submissions received this year in relation to work submitted in the past is an overall increase in commissioned imagery over personal projects — perhaps a positive sign for the future of assignment work.


We sincerely thank everyone who responded to this year’s call for projects and heartily congratulate the 20 finalists. Please plan ahead for next year — the deadline will be here before you know it.