5 Most Famous Photographers

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 Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry is an American photographer and photojournalist. His most famous photograph is of the “Afghan Girl”. The picture of the green-eyed girl was on the cover of the National Geographic magazine.

McCurry has completed several assignments for National Geographic. He has been a member of Magnum since 1986.

McCurry also received several awards. These include Magazine Photographer of the Year, the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and two first-place prizes in the World Press Photo contest (1985 and 1992).


1992Oliver Pebbot Memorial Award: Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad on Golf War Coverage, Overseas Press Club.
1993Award of Excellence for Rubble of War, National Press Photographers.
1994Arts and Architecture Distinguished Alumni Award, Pennsylvania State University.
1998Award of Excellence, Portraits: Red Boy, Picture of the Year Competition.
2002Award of Excellence for “Women of Afghanistan”
2002Photographer of the Year
2003 C-recipient of the New York Film Festival God for documentary, Afghan Girl Found.
2003The Lucie Award for Photojournalism
2005Photojournalism Division – International Understanding through Photography award, Photographic Society of America
2006First Place. Buddha Rising, National Geographic, National Press Photographers Associate.
2011 Leica Hall of Fame Award
2014Photography of Appreciation Award
2018Golden Doves for Peace Journalistic prize issued by the Italian Research Institute Archivio Disarmo.

Mario Testino

Mario Eduardo Testino Silva OBE is a fashion and portrait photographer from Peru. His work found its way in magazines such as Vogue, V Magazine, Vanity Fair and GQ.

He also took pictures for brands such as Gucci, Chanel and Estée Lauder.

Testino has also worked as a creative director, guest editor, art collector, museum founder, collaborator and entrepreneur.

The Observer described him as “the world’s most prolific magazine and fashion trade photographer”.


2017Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur
2016Clio Fashion & Beauty Lifetime Achievement Award
2016Business of Fashion Global VOICES Award
2015International Center of Photography Infinity Award
2014Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire
2014Best Photographer in the World Award
2012AmfAR Inspiration Award
2011British GQ Man of the Year
2011El Museo del Barrio Lifetime Achievement Award
2011Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society
2011Moët & Chandon Étoile Award
2011Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Gold Medal
2010The Grand Cross rank of the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service in Peru
2009Walpole Award for services to the luxury industry
2008ASME National Magazine Award
2008Commitment Award
2008Hero Award
2007The Tiradentes Medal
2005Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award
2004Doctor Emeritus of the University of the Arts London
2003British Style Award
2003Elle Style Award

 Henri-Cartier Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer. He is referred to as the master of candid photography. He was an early user of 35 mm film, where most others used large or medium format cameras.

He was a pioneer in street photography and captured powerful moments.

His view on photography produced a book, describing the decisive moment. The decisive moment is when the “visual and psychological elements of people in a real-life scene spontaneously and briefly come together in perfect resonance.”


1948 Overseas Press Club of America Award
1953The A.S.M.P. Award
1954Overseas Press Club of America Award
19591959: The Prix de la Société française de photographie
1960Overseas Press Club of America Award
1964Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society
1964Overseas Press Club of America Award
1967The Cultural Award from the German Society for Photography (DGPh), with Edwin H. Land
1981Grand Prix National de la Photographie
1982 Hasselblad Award
2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lucie Awards
2006 Prix Nadar for the photobook Henri Cartier-Bresson: Scrapbook

Anne Geddes

Anne Geddes is an Australian-born photographer, who currently lives and works in New York. Her newborn pictures made her a world-famous photographer.

She taught herself photography and became a professional when she was 30 years old.

Her books have been published in 83 countries and sold more than 18 million copies. In 1997, Cedco Publishing sold more than 1.8 million calendars and datebooks bearing Geddes’ photography.

Her debut book, Down in the Garden, reached the New York Times Bestseller List. Anne also created a philanthropic program to raise awareness for child neglect and abuse.

Honours and awards

In the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Geddes was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to photography and the community.

 Frans Lanting

Frans Lanting is a Dutch photographer specialising in wildlife photography. He operates a studio and gallery as well as a stock photography services in Santa Cruz, USA.

Lanting works in many different parts of the world including the Amazon basin, Africa and Antarctica. His famous photographs regularly appear in National Geographic, where he served as photographer-in-residence.


  • 2015 – WNF-Frans Lanting Award by World Wide Fund for Nature
  • 2018 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award 
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