Young Guns 17 Winners

2019: In a year that could arguably be described as the most diverse class in Young Guns history, a jury of more than 60 respected creatives — half of them past Young Guns winners themselves — spent two months reviewing hundreds of submissions from a record 45 different countries. 

After several rounds of judging, which narrowed down the vast pool of talent to a finalist list of 81 creatives, the jury debated, discussed and ultimately selected 28 superstars to be part of Young Guns 17. This year's class runs across a wide variety of disciplines, and with only three YG17 winners being American-born, the global nature of this accolade is becoming even greater.

Kevin Krautgartner


Kevin Krautgartner, born and raised in Germany, currently lives and works in Wuppertal.

His design studies were based around digital photography, and this continues to provide the basis for his work today.

Art can be found in both classical architecture as well as the natural world, and when viewed from different perspectives, a completely new take on what is all around us can be found. This is particularly poignant when seen from a "bird's eye". Natural landscapes and costal areas take on a new life when seen from this perspective.

Kevins work uses both helicopters and light planes to capture these visions, this "art", from above. He has travelled extensively around the world to capture art from some of the most extraordinary places. His award winning photographs can be found both in national as well as international exhibitions, is shown in magazines and use to illustrate books.

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