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Editor’s Choice Contest: The Winners

It is with great pleasure that we announce Yannis Kolesidis as the overall winner in the Editor’s Choice Contest. A big congratulations to Yannis, for an exceptionally timed image taken under challenging conditions. Covering the ongoing refugee crisis in his native Greece, he captured an image that demonstrated technical excellence as well as a strong narrative – the hallmark of a great photograph. You can learn more about the story of Yannis' exceptional image in our special interview with him here while below, you can find out more stories behind all the other winning images as well as take a unique look behind the scenes at the judging process to learn what impressed our esteemed editors the most.

© Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Yannis Kolesidis took his winning image (above) near Idomeni, in Northern Greece, on March 10, 2016. Refugees and migrants struggle during food distribution at a refugee camp, at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.

Please click on the image above to view Chairman of the Jury, Jon Jones, talking about the overall winning image and why it was chosen.

Go behind the scenes at the Editor's Choice judging and watch a film of our panel of experts deciding on the final category winners and overall winning image.

And the category winners are...


© Ben Thouard

Ben Thouard

Says category winner Ben: “I love shooting things differently. While most surf photographers shoot from the beach, I decided to shoot from behind and below the wave.”

Marc Aspland Sports Editor

Sports photographer and Sports category judge Marc Aspland explains why the winning image, displaying unique creativity by being taken under a wave, won the sports category.


© Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Yannis Kolesidis

Says Yannis on his category and overall winning image: “I tried to compose an image that showed arms outstretched, as for me that was the defining shot. I didn't expect to capture the egg.”

Lauren Steel Photojournalism Editor

Photojournalism category judge Lauren Steel shares what piqued her curiosity and what in the image spoke to her in terms of relevancy and capturing the story's narrative.


© Ricardo Bravo

Ricardo Bravo

Portrait winner Ricardo simply states: “Afonso Antunes, a young and talented Portuguese surfer. Too young to pose.”

Cheryl Newman Portrait Editor

Cheryl Newman on her appreciation for an authentic relationship between photographer and subject.


© Ben Thouard

Ben Thouard

Says double-winner Ben, who also won the sports category:
“I like the atmosphere given by the storm and this simple, small wave that breaks in the middle of nowhere.”

Barbara Stauss Nature Editor

Nature category judge Barbara Stauss reveals why she chose the category-winning image, citing both its incredible graphic and metaphoric qualities.

Public Vote Winners

The public has spoken! Thank you to the many thousands who participated. You can find the results of our Editor’s Choice Contest public vote below. Congratulations to all four of our public vote winners.

© Vernon Deck


Says winner Vernon Deck on his breathtaking and colourful image: “An amazing day out shooting in the Engadin (Swiss Alps) with pro snowboarder Iker Fernandez.”

© Roseti Bruno


Public vote winner Roseti Bruno reveals: “Jhon is a fisherman from Rusinga Island where fishing is one of the principal ways of living. On this day we started fishing early in the morning.”

© Ricardo Bravo


Ricardo simply states: “Afonso Antunes a young and talented Portuguese surfer. Too young to pose.”

© Laetitia Guichard


Category winner Laetitia Guichard reveals: “A protective gorilla and its young taken in a park in France.”

© David Corfield

CPN would like to congratulate all of the photographers and thank everyone who submitted images to the Editor’s Choice 2017 Contest. The Guest Editors (above) for Editor’s Choice 2017 were, from left to right: Marc Aspland (chief sports photographer, The Times), Barbara Stauss (photo director, mare magazine), Jon Jones (photographer and former director of photography, The Sunday Times Magazine), Lauren Steel (Director of Photography and co-founder at Verbatim) and Cheryl Newman (independent photo curator and former director of photography, Telegraph Magazine).