Best of 2015 - saraharnoff


Best of 2015

January 1, 2016

Where did the year go? I know everyone thinks this come December, but I'm really at a loss here. Every year I compile a list of the major photography outlets' choices for best photos and a few lists of photography reviews for your binge-ing pleasure in case you missed anything. I also attempt to slap together a collection of my own personal bests, and I'm happy to report that 2015 was one of the best years photographically for me, though it went by way too fast. I criss-crossed the globe, from spending the beginning of the year in Israel, Jordan, Hawaii and southern California, to dispatching myself on numerous road trips and spending time traversing the California and Oregon coast, as well as a handful of national parks. I got to meet fabulous couples getting engaged and be a part of amazingly fun weddings (as well as get to have my own). And I got to head out to communities I know and love to tell their stories.  

I usually divide my photography into categories--my main ones being portraiture (and weddings), documentary storytelling and travel--and then pick a dozen or so of my favorites to share. But this year I couldn't jumble them all together, I had to keep them separate. So there are three separate galleries of my 2015 best-of collection below, though the categories are a bit different. The documentary side of things for me this year was a little dry, instead travel and portraits and weddings dominated my photographic schedule, and I threw in a best film shots gallery, too.

So we'll see what 2016 brings--I've already got plans for photo essays and have got weddings booking up quick--hopefully there will be more travel and, of course, great images. Happy new year, everybody.

Year in review

The year in photos from The New York Times

The Big Picture's annual year in photos in two parts: Part 1and Part 2

Getty Images' Year in Focus review

Photographers from the Prime Collective remember 2015 in photos

List of bests

The New Yorker's favorite portraits from 2015

The year's best landscapes from 500px

Time's picks for top 100 photos of 2015 and best animal photos of the year

Pictures of the year chosen by the photographers at Magnum

My Modern Met's selections for the top 50 photos from around the world. Side note: Also check out their picks for best art installations of the year.

The editors at LensCulture picked their favorite fine art & conceptual projects and documentary stories of 2015.

GoPro's list of best shots from their users (it's extreme!)

PDN's top ten photos of the day ... of the year

Best of Fotografia Magazine

Best photography books as chosen by the Daily Beast, and more chosen by the Smithsonian

Everything else

BBC rounds up how the Internet lied to you this year

The winners of the 2015 National Geographic photo contest

In memoriam: the photographers we lost this year

Best blogs and organizations I started following this year: I Am Inuit by Brian Adams, Bird in Flight, 20x24 Studio, La Boite a FilmEl Camino Travel

Now, for my personal bests starting with travel:

Portraits & Weddings


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