Hearst Corp. Honors 2013 ‘Photography Biennnial’ Winners

By Steve Cohn

In 2009, Hearst Corp. CEO Frank Bennack, Jr., evoked the company’s 125-year heritage in starting an every-two-years competition for photographers. The craft was essential to the company’s success in magazines and newspapers, and Bennack–who will end a 34-year tenure on June 1 with Steve Swartz succeeding–said that "great photography is essential to what we do at Hearst, and over the years we’ve published the work of legendary artists, from Richard Avedon and Lillian Bassman to William Klein and Mary Ellen Mark.”

Round 3 culminated April 2 with a reception in New York’s Hearst Tower presenting the work from the eight grand-prize recipients and 10 honorable mentions judged from over 1,600 submissions from the United States and 78 countries, which is evidence on how global Hearst has become.

A winner that had seemingly had the historic "Hearst" written all over it was The Social Stage 001 (pictured) by Californian Laura Morton. The photograph is very Town & Country, which is said to be the personal favorite of  Veronica Hearst, the widow of the late Hearst Corp. chairman Randolph Hearst (1915-2000), the last surviving son of William Randolph Hearst.

But the diversity of the Hearst Corp. of 2013 can be seen in reviewing the entire work of the winners and honorable mentions.  They will be among the circa 100 photographs on display at Hearst Tower’s Alexey Brodovitch Gallery and Hearst Gallery through August 31, 2013. Hearst will also publish both digital and print catalogues showcasing the winning images.

The judges included Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers and Town & Country creative director Alexandra Kotur.