Faves from the 2011 PDN Photo Annual

It's that time of the year when you dig into the Photo Annual, remember all of the great work shot last year and discover some new gems along the way. But inevitably, a few months later I've forgotten some of these photographers so that's why I like to write it all down. Below are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

Advertising Nadav Kander's portraits for St John Ambulance campaign. Agency: BBH London Emiliano Granado's Converse campaign Jeremy & Claire Weiss's K-Swiss campaign. Agency: Adam&Co

Magazine/Editorial Peter Van Agtmael for The New York Times Magazine. Story: Jeff Bridges Christopher Griffith for Men's Health. Story: Contrasting images of youth and decay Robert Trachtenberg's hilarious nude group portrait of the cast of Jackass 3D inspired by Ritts' iconic supermodel shot Andreas Laszlo Konrath's black and white portrait of a model reading for New York Magazine Nigel Parry's portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio for Esquire. (Full disclosure: any portrait of Leonardo would end up in my best of list) Tierney Gearon's very young cheerleaders for ESPN, The Magazine

Books Nguan's self-published Shibuya Tim Hetherington's Infidel, published by Chris Boot Ltd. Eugene Richard's War is Personal Timothy Archibald explores learning to understand his son's autism in Echolilia/Sometimes I wonder

Photojournalism/Documentary Sarah Elliott's photograph of a Kenyan abortionist's "tools" Jana Romanova portrait from a series on sleeping couples who are expecting babies. Matt Eich's Baptist Town portrait for AARP Bulletin Ashley Gilbertson's "Bedrooms of the Fallen" project Darcy Padilla's amazing 18 year long documentary, "The Julie Project" Ben Lowy's BP Oil spill abstract seascapes for GQ

Personal Tim Gruber/Ackerman Gruber Images image from the series "The Island" Wayne Lawrence portrait series of people at Orchard Beach, aka "The Bronx Riviera" Magdalena Sole image of a baby on a porch, from "Cotton Land -- The Forgotten Mississippi Delta"