As always, the PDN Photo Annual represents a year in pictures. From Thomas Dworzakís heart-wrenching images of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and David Gillanders' distressing look at the lives and deaths of forgotten street children in the Ukraine, to Art Streiber's quirky portrait of a "40-Year-Old-Virgin" and Jeff Barnett-Winsby's unique story of prisoners making unlikely friendsóit was a year of natural disasters, harsh realities, familiar faces and small triumphs. This issue recognizes the photographers who captured every frame.

Our deepest gratitude to all the judges, photographers, designers, editors and agents who participated in this issue. Also, a special thanks to our sponsors—Canon, Epson and Nikon—whose continued support for photographers and their work makes the PDN Photo Annual possible. Each year, these companies, along with Parsons The New School for Design, have provided cash awards, prizes and scholarships in recognition of humanitarian efforts, storytelling and creativity.

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Special Awards Winners

Canon Student Explorer of Light
Jeff Barnett-Winsby
Rhode Island School of Design

Epson Creativity Award Winner
Rodney Smith

Nikon Storyteller Award Winner
Teru Kuwayama

Marty Forscher Fellowship Award Documentary Photographer
Jessica Dimmock

Student Winner
Kitra Cahana
McGill University

Intro movie photographs by Chris Buck