Victory Journal frames radically different visions of America

by Steve Watson in November 2019
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Photography Sport

Last week’s Stack Awards ceremony was packed with extraordinary magazines, but one of the titles that stood out the most in my mind is Victory Journal, the sports magazine from New York. It won Best Use of Photography in the first ever Stack Awards ceremony in 2015, so there’s a nice symmetry to the fact that it once again came out top in our photography category in our fifth annual awards.

Take a look at the video above and you’ll see what the judges loved about those big, beautiful pages. This is sports photography that takes you up close to the action (as in the Aussie rules football story in this issue) but which also raises ideas that push beyond sports. For example by running their coverage of Minnesota’s Native American horse racing followed immediately by Antonio Santos’s beautiful pictures of the New York City Ballet they draw attention to the very different versions of national identity currently contained in contemporary America.

We have copies of this one available in the Stack shop at the moment, so if you like the look of it head over there to see more spreads and to pick up a copy for yourself.

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