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American Photography 29

The beauty and chaos from the year 2012 are documented in American Photography 29, the latest in a series of celebrated annuals that become a time capsule of the world we inhabit and imagine. Only 229 images were selected by a jury of creative professionals to represent the best images of the year from over 9,000 entries submitted to the competition.
Produced in a large-format, hardcover deluxe, boxed slipcase, the images in AP29 resonate with a timeless energy and clear point of view. From the presidential election to the Olympic summer games, Hurricane Sandy to the shootings in Newtown Conn., AP29 records, in beautiful full-color reproductions, the achievements, aspirations, heartaches and moments – large and small - that linger in our collective memories.
Designed by Robert Festino of Men’s Health, AP29 is generously laid out with many images running across double-page spreads and features two disparate cover images that offer a stark contrast in subject matter and tone. On the hardcover, an unsettling image by Christopher Griffith originally shot for The New Yorker for a story on gun control. The boxed slipcase, wrapped in foil paper, introduces a poetic image by Tamas Dezso of a sheep farm in Romania. 
The jury included Sam Barzilay, United Photo Industries; Antonio de Luca, Self Publish, Be Happy; MaryAnne Golon, The Washington Post; Whitney Johnson, The New Yorker; Jody Quon, New York; and Casey Tierney, Real Simple.
American Photography 29 presents a who’s who of the world’s top photographers – and the publications that insist on assigning only first-rate, original work. An image index includes the captions and creative credits listing the publications, schools, agencies and clients who commissioned and utilized the winning photographs.
AP29 celebrates the emerging and up-and-coming photographers (including two students) along with masters like Cindy Sherman, Christopher Anderson, Platon, Martin Schoeller, Richard Barnes, Martine Fougeron, Benjamin Lowy, Mario Sorrenti, Dan Winters and Jill Greenberg.

Cover by Christopher Griffith
Design by Robert Festino

Cover by Jon Han
Design by Richard Turley