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ASMP's Best of 2014

2014 marks the tenth anniversary of our annual publication of the Best of ASMP. This year, our three illustrious jurors:

carefully considered more than 300 projects, and then debated the merits of the work during a lively conference call to narrow the field to these 24 finalists. Click on the portraits for an extended interview with each honoree, representing ASMP’s membership at its best.


The featured projects cover a wide array of photographic subjects and markets and finalists span a full range of ASMP membership categories and chapters from coast to coast. Submissions were received from nearly all of ASMP’s 39 chapters, and all membership categories from Life members to students. This year’s honorees hail from 15 different chapters, with two or more finalists representing Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New England, New York City and Oregon.


In 2014, our finalists’ projects offer a dynamic mix of creative vision, technological savvy and potent storytelling. Compassionate documentary projects, such as Nancy Borowick’s intimate record of her parents’ simultaneous struggle with cancer and Mary F. Calvert’s unflinching investigation of female sexual assault within the United States military, illustrate the power of visual journalism in conveying complex personal stories to a global audience.


Richly articulated projects, such as Scott Gable’s enterprising coverage of the rice harvest across Asia and breathtaking aerial landscapes by Jamey Stillings that explore new sources of energy in the American West — both part of more extensive, long-term projects — highlight innovative ways in which photographers can now differentiate themselves as creative entrepreneurs and content experts.


We sincerely thank all members who responded to this year’s call for projects and heartily congratulate our 24 finalists. Please know that all material reviewed for the Best of ASMP is considered for coverage in the ASMP Bulletin’s other issues. With this in mind, keep tabs on your strongest projects to submit for consideration in the Best of ASMP 2015!


Jill Waterman
Editor, ASMP Bulletin