By Katy Cowan

Mireya Gartland, Photographer + Art Director13.	Laura Thompson, Senseless

D&AD has announced the shortlist for the Next Photographer Award. For the second year running, the award gives aspiring Rankins or Leibovitz’ a unique platform to showcase their photographic talent to the global creative community.

One individual, selected from the shortlist of 18 during a final judging session at the 2016 D&AD Festival (20-22 April), will be awarded the title of D&AD Next Photographer 2016. The winner will be announced on 19 May at the D&AD Awards Ceremony in London.

The D&AD Next Photographer Award is held in partnership with Getty Images and created to find the best new photographers and promote them back to the creative industry. It offers up-and-coming talent the chance to show their work to some of the world’s most influential art buyers, commercial creatives and professional peers.

The Next Photographer Award is judged by some of the industry’s highest profile names – including photographers Tim Flach and James Day, Michael Trow from British Vogue, Kate Edwards from The Guardian, and Andy Saunders of Getty Images.

This year’s shortlist:

  • Tanya Houghton, A Migrant’s Tale
  • Jakub Pasierkiewicz, Natural Resemblance
  • Tam Hoi ying, Being Disappeared – The Paradoxical Relationship between Human Rights and Law in China
  • Solmaz Daryani, The Eyes of the Earth
  • Corey Bartle-Sanderson, HOMEWARE_update
  • Michael Nigro, Escape From Freedom
  • Anna Filipova, Research At The End Of The World
  • Alexandra Serrano, Nesting In the Wolf Tree
  • Felicia Simion, The Playground
  • Richard John Seymour, Yiwu Commodity City
  • Juno Calypso, The Honeymoon Suite
  • Yuyang Liu, At Home With Mental Illness
  • Laura Thompson, Senseless
  • Melissa Arras, El Dorado
  • Juliana Kasumu, Irun Kiko
  • Mireya Gartland, Photographer + Art Director
  • Juyan Wang, Landscapes and Ambiguities
  • Yingting Shih, Creative Revelation of Nature

The Next Photographer Award shortlist will be exhibited at the Truman Brewery, London, on 20-22 April, as part of D&AD Festival and the overall winner will then be announced at the D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony on Thursday 19 May.

To find out more about the Next Photographer Award, visit: www.dandad.org/nextphotographer.

Main image: Mireya Gartland, Photographer + Art Director

Anna Filipova, Research At The End Of The World

Anna Filipova, Research At The End Of The World

Laura Thompson, Senseless

Laura Thompson, Senseless

Alexandra Serrano, Nesting In the Wolf Tree

Alexandra Serrano, Nesting In the Wolf Tree

Yuyang Liu, At Home With Mental Illness

Yuyang Liu, At Home With Mental Illness

Felicia Simion, The Playground

Felicia Simion, The Playground

Yingting Shih, Creative Revelation of Nature

Yingting Shih, Creative Revelation of Nature

Juno Calypso, The Honeymoon Suite

Juno Calypso, The Honeymoon Suite

Juliana Kasumu, Irun Kiko

Juliana Kasumu, Irun Kiko

Richard John Seymour, Yiwu Commodity City

Richard John Seymour, Yiwu Commodity City

Michael Nigro, Escape From Freedom

Michael Nigro, Escape From Freedom

Mireya Gartland, Photographer + Art Director

Mireya Gartland, Photographer + Art Director

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