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Our front and back covers feature two images from Christopher Griffith‘s New York Times Magazine series on the hands of New York shoe shiners, as featured in the Photography Annual, our showcase of the best commercial photography from the past year. All the shiners Griffith met had their own types of cloth and no two wrapped their hands the same way.

There are five projects in our Best in Book section this year (Andy Pilsbury’s Tabula Rasa, shown above) and we have plenty of great work representing each of our sections: Student photographer; Personal/non-published work (floto+warner’s Anónimo, shown below); Fashion; Editorial/books; Stock photography; CGI/retouching; Advertising/marketing.

In the front section of the regular issue we have a tribute to the late, great director Frank Budgen; a look at Shiseido’s brilliant beauty ad with a surprise twist; a round up of the UK Christmas ads; and a story on the UK’s new ‘creative’ passport (and the row that’s followed it).

Our man in York, designer Daniel Benneworth-Gray, also tells us how he’s working around a recent house move – thinking inside, outside and surrounded by the box.


Opening our sport-themed special report, Rachael Steven looks at Cycle Revolution, a major new Design Museum show which explores the growth of cycling for sport, leisure and transport.


Eliza Williams talks to Copa90 about how they’re shaking up the world of football media by concentrating on the fans’-eye-view.


Eliza also meets rugby legends Lawrence Dallaglio and Ben Kay to find out how they swapped one type of pitch for another.


We also look inside the fast-expanding eSports industry – Patrick Burgoyne spotlights three of its biggest players.


Design Week’s Angus Montgomery looks at how GPS tracker Strava is building a business out of the data it gathers on cyclists and runners.


And Rachael Steven meets the team behind a new visual identity for the broadcaster, Eurosport.


Mark Sinclair looks at the design story behind the revolutionary shirt in which the All Blacks won Rugby’s World Cup…


… and also talks to When Saturday Comes art editor, Doug Cheeseman, about the magazine’s photographic archive celebrating football culture.


In Crit, Rick Poynor reviews a new Photographers’ Gallery show, Burden of Proof, which examines the links between photography and the investigation of violent crime. And in his Art Directing the Idea column, Paul Belford celebrates the inventive work that appeared in Typographica magazine in the 1960s.

CR’s December issue / Photography Annual 2015 is available on newsstands now. To guarantee your copy, subscribe here.

Read more here:: CR December: the sport issue / Photography Annual