07
Mar

Selected for American Photography 30

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There are a lot of contests and awards these days, but the the one I get most excited about and the one that means the most to me is American Photography.  I let out a little scream today, when I got an email telling me my portrait of Macklemore has been selected into American Photography 30.

Here is a little more from AP about this years book:

“From 9,644 pictures entered by 873 photographers, magazines, agencies, publishers and schools, the jury selected, by a majority vote or better, only 357 images to appear in the book and represent the best pictures from 2013.

American Photography 30 will be printed in full color and distributed worldwide in hardcover immediately after The Party and BIG TALK, November 5-6, 2014 – our two annual launch events in New York City that celebrate the winners. All Selected photographers and entrants will be invited to attend both events with our compliments.”

17
Jul

2011 PDN Faces

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Awards, Editorial Work, Personal Work

The 2011 PDN Faces issue is out, and Plants Vs. Zombies is a winner in the Celebrity/Editorial Portraits category.  My Liberia series also won, under the Environmental Portraiture category.  Last year, my portrait of Annie Leibovitz was the feature image in PDN Faces.  It’s a thrill to have my work included in the contest again.  Last July through April of this year felt like I was going at 200 mph non stop, and it’s nice to be able to slow down a little bit in the summer and reflect back on the work I have done this past year.  It is even more satisfying to have that work recognized by the various contests I have won recently.  Now it’s time to get busy again.  Lots to do and look forward to.  The new Keatley office project, the 2011 Christmas photo, some new video projects, and hopefully more fun work as well.  I just finished a short video about my experience in Liberia this past January, and I will post it shortly (tonight).  I think you will like it.

Side note: Co-founder of PopCap Games, John Vechey (pictured above) trumped my award just a little when PopCap was acquired by Electronic Arts for $1.3 billion,  just days after the PDN award became public.  Congrats John.  Dolla dolla bills, y’all.  I like to think the awards for this picture is what pushed EA to pull the trigger.  Not that I am surprised, because just days after I photographed TechCrunch founder and CEO Michael Arrington in his home, TechCrunch was purchased by AOL for $30 million.  You seeing a pattern here?  I can’t legally promise companies will throw millions of dollars at you after I take your picture, but…  Hey, that could make a great promo.

The list of this years Faces winners is on the official contest website.  I haven’t had a chance to see the issue in person yet, but I am looking forward to sitting down with it.

06
Jul

2011 Px3 Photography Competition

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2011 Px3 photography competition winning images by John Keatley.

It’s an embarrassment of riches!  I am especially proud of the work I created over this past year, and it is an honor to have that work recognized by the international photography competition ”Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (Px3).  This is my first time in the international game, and all 5 of the images above were selected as well as 2 honorable mentions.

From left to right:

Luke Burbank, host of Too Beautiful To Live for Seattle Met.  Art Director Benjamen Purvis.
Dennis Haysbert for Seattle Met.
Keli Carender, founder of the Tea Party political movement for Seattle Met.  Art Director Benjamen Purvis.
Plants Vs. Zombies / John Vechey, co-founder of Pop Cap Games for Inc.  Photo Editor Monique Perreault.
The Keatley Family 2010.  Personal work / self promotion.

29
Jun

2011 Communication Arts Photography Annual

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Portrait of Tea Party founder Keli Carender by photographer John Keatley.

Hooray!  My portrait of the Tea Party founder, Keli Carender was selected in the 2011 Communication Arts Photography Annual, and can be seen on page 126.  There is some incredible photography in the annual this year, and I am thrilled to have my photography included in the collection.  166 winning projects were selected from 5520 entries.  What an honor!

I thought it would be awesome to portray Keli as someone from the Revolutionary War Era, and I worked with art director Benjamen Purvis at Seattle Met to make it happen.  I also wrote about Keli and this shoot in a previous blog post if you want to find out more.

10
Nov

American Photography 26

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Awards, Celebrity

Sarah Palin by photographer John  Keatley.

The American Photography 26 book comes out today featuring the best photographs of 2009.  With that being said, I am pleased to announce my portrait of Sarah Palin has been selected to be in AP26 making this the second year in a row I have had work in the American Photography book.  Regarded as the premier showcase for photography, it is a huge honor to be recognized and included with such a talented group of photographers.  Last year my portrait of Annie Leibovitz was selected.  This image of Sarah Palin is an outtake from my cover shoot for her book Going Rogue.

07
Jul

PDN Faces Opener

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Portrait of Annie Leibovitz is the opener for the 2010 PDN Faces issue.

Portrait of Annie Leibovitz by photographer John Keatley printed in the PDN Faces issue.

The PDN Faces issue is out now, and my portrait of Annie Leibovitz is the opener.  I am very excited and honored to say the least.   This image was also selected in the American Photography 25 Competition last year.  Pretty cool!

*UPDATE* 8/17/2010 – The PDN Faces 2010 Winners Gallery is now online with all of the winning images.  There are some great portraits in there, and a nice note about my portrait in the intro on the landing page.

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14
May

2010 PDN Photo Annual

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John Keatley's photography website was selected=

Wow, how exciting!  My website, www.keatleyphoto.com was just published in this years PDN Photo Annual as one of the top photography websites.  In addition to the magazine, all of the contest winners and judges can be seen in an online gallery.  When my current website went live last year, I was feeling really good about my chances of getting it into PDN thanks to the excellent work of my graphic designer Greg Lutze.  I entered it into the competition, but never heard anything back.  When I saw on Twitter the winners were being notified and I didn’t hear anything, I figured I didn’t make the cut and I put it out of my mind.

Last week I was emailing with a friend, and he said, congrats on your site in PDN.  I had no idea what he was talking about, but sure enough, my site was selected.  I just thought I would share my excitement, and take this opportunity to encourage you to take a peek at one of the best photography websites of year!

16
Nov

AP25 Party

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Plane Wing photo by John Keatley

AP25 Party at the Angel Orensanz Foundation.  Photo by John Keatley.

Winning AP25 Photographs at the AP25 party.

John and Jeanne Graves at the AP25 party.

AP25 Ice Sculpture

Well, it’s back to work now after a fun few days in New York.  It was really nice to be there without camera gear or a portfolio to lug around, even though I still had a full schedule.  I went to Adhesive on Wednesday and the AP25 Party the next night.  It was fun to see see friends, as well as meet some new people.  Some of the photographers I met for the first time included Ben Baker, Rudy Archuleta, and Joey L.  I also had the chance to catch up with Nick Onken for lunch.  First time I had Pho, which was very good by the way. 

I wasn’t able to get a copy of the AP25 book (hopefully soon), but there is some excellent photography in there.  I would recommend buying a copy when you get the chance.

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19
May

American Photography 25

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Awards, Celebrity

ap25

An email went out this past April to the winners of the American Photography 25 silver-anniversary competition, and I am happy to say that I received one of those emails.  This was the first time that I submitted my work to AP.  It all became official last week as the selected photographs were released in an online slide show.  In all, 10,100 photographs were submitted, and the jury selected the 351 best images from 2008 to be published in the AP25 book.  The book will be distributed world-wide in hard cover this November.  My portrait of Annie Leibovitz is the picture that was selected from my submission.  Annie Leibovitz also has work in AP25, including her controversial portrait of Miley Cyrus which appeared in Vanity Fair.

It is a major thrill to have my work selected for this, but what really blows my mind is the fact that many of the photographers I have been inspired by since I first picked up a camera also have work in AP25.  Dan Winters, Peter Yang, Annie Leibovitz, Emily Shur (check out Emily’s blog if you haven’t already), and Martin Schoeller.  I am very thankful for this opportunity.

Steve Wiecking just put up a nice post about AP and me on his Seattle Met blog (here).

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