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Behind the Lens: Developing A Prize-Worthy Photo Portfolio

We go beneath the glossy surface of five Ellie-nominated portfolios to analyze how they edged out the competition

By Stephanie Murg - April 20, 2010
Perhaps the sharp decline in magazine advertising pages is to thank for 2009's wealth of lush photo portfolios, some of which dominated entire issues. The trend made for steep competition in this year's National Magazine Awards, with finalists in the photo portfolio category ranging from an unprecedented shoot at the United Nations to a transatlantic art/fashion mashup in which models displayed the latest looks amidst Picassos and Rodins. We went behind the lens to focus on the five finalists and take a closer look at their chances for an Ellie.

Slideshow: Ellies 2010 Photo Portfolio Nominees
To view captions, open the slideshow in Full Screen mode, then click 'Show Info'.

Jason Bell
Nominated work: "Out 100: The Class of 2009," in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of Out


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