National Geographic, Nachtwey, City Are Big Photo Winners At Ellies

© James Nachtwey
Nachtwey's photo essay on wounded soldiers in Iraq helped National Geographic win a National Magazine Award.

National Geographic, Nachtwey, City Are Big Photo Winners At Ellies
By Daryl Lang

National Geographic won the Photography category, as well as the top prize for General Excellence, in the National Magazine Awards, a.k.a. the Ellies, which were announced Tuesday.

National Geographic, which was honored for its May, November, December 2006 issues, is a frequent Ellie honoree but has not won a photography category since 2001. National Geographic's photography is supervised by David Griffin, senior editor for photography, and Susan A. Smith, deputy director for photography.

A National Geographic story was also a finalist in the Photojournalism category: "The Heroes, The Healing," which included photography by James Nachtwey of wounded soldiers being treated in Iraq.

Nachtwey was nominated twice in the Photojournalism category. The other time was for a Vanity Fair story "The Vietnam Syndrome," about children deformed as a result of the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

A surprise winner in the Photojournalism category was The Paris Review, which has mainly been known for its literature. The award recognized a photo essay about Kenya called "Kibera" by photographer Jonas Bendiksen. This was the first time The Paris Review has been a winner or a nominee in a photography category.

A complete list of winners, including links to much of the winning work, is online here.

To read more, visit PDN Online Website.


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