“PDN’s best 30“ probably sounds familiar to you. In 1999 already the Photo District News Magazine published its first “30 New and Emerging Photographers” list and thus started a new era in the photographic industry. Before that, young photographers barely had the chance to start a successful career or attract attention. They would usually work as newcomers and assistants for experienced photographers, practically doing a traineeship. The “PDN’s best 30” list, according to PDN editor Holly Hughes, has significantly helped to eventually overcome this system.