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W's Photographer Contest

Zoe GhertnerIn the November issue marking its 40th anniversary, W is introducing an annual feature called “The Shot,” which seeks to identify and support the next generation of stars in fashion photography. The issue includes a portfolio of six emerging photographers whom its editors, in a partnership with the International Center of Photography, have identified as “exhilarating new talents.” One of them will ultimately be named a winner. The grand prize is the opportunity to shoot a feature for the magazine’s September 2013 issue.

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“We looked for photographers with original ideas,” said Stefano Tonchi, the editor of W. “We selected the ones who are not like anyone else.”

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The finalists — Erik Madigan Heck, Boo George, Kacper Kasprzyk, Karim Sadli, Zoe Ghertner and Benjamin Lennox — include some who are already known for their work for independent magazines but have yet to break through to the big leagues.

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