The Stack Awards: Best use of photography

by Stine Fantoft Berg in November 2015
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The big night of the awards ceremony is closing in fast, and today we’re presenting the magazines shortlisted in the category Best use of photography.

In this category the judges were looking for the most outstanding photography published by independent magazines this year – images that make readers stop and stare across all genres.


Boat (Los Angeles)
A nomadic travel and culture journal, Boat avoids travel magazine cliches with its high-quality photojournalism, which gets right to the core of the cultures it documents.


Brewster (New South Wales)
A brilliantly original magazine concept, Brewster breathes new life into the vintage pictures created by 19th-century stereographers by transforming their images into 3D.


The Collective Quarterly (West Virginia)
Taking artists and makers off to a different location each issue, The Collective Quarterly uses its beautiful photography to document the creative process and the picturesque environs.


Eye (London)
Design and visual culture magazine Eye does a wonderful job of using photography to document the details, tactility and craft involved in great design.


Feelings (Paris)
A new all-photography magazine, the first issue of Feelings was dedicated to cars. With found images alongside artfully constructed photo essays, it brought the sort of fresh perspective you’d never find in a conventional car magazine.


Four & Sons (Victoria)
One big celebration of dogs, Four & Sons is a magazine that treats our furry friends with respect, which in turn is reflected in the photography capturing them in a classic portraiture style.


Gather Journal (New York)
Gather Journal’s visual style is great both conceptually and in execution. Their Spectrum issue dedicated to colour features high-quality photography that challenges the conventions of food photography.


Pet People (Gothenburg)
The cutest magazine of the year, Sweden’s Pet People uses photography as the main narrative driver, giving a unique, intimate look at pets and their loving owners.


Sidetracked (Worcester)
Adventure and travel journal Sidetracked is filled to the brim with breathtaking photography that makes us question why we spend most of our lives indoors.


Victory (New York)
Large-format sports magazine Victory is the antidote to mainstream news coverage of sports. Dedicating full spreads to their photography, it shows the brutality and beauty of sport.

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