- Vijay Iyer, by Lena Adasheva
- Chick Corea, by Pavel Korbut
- Wadada Leo Smith, by Michael Jackson
- Esperanza Spalding, by Gulnara Khamatova
JJA Professional Journalist Members selected these five finalists in a previous round of voting from among forty-five submissions that can be viewed below. The winning Photo of the Year will be chosen during a final round vote that ends May 13 and the winner will be announced in June along with other JJA Jazz Awards winners.
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