Pictures of the Year
Many fine selections of photographs are featured each December (and January) in year-end retrospectives. However, one of the oldest and most prestigious contests concludes every year in spring. For 63 years, the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri has named the Pictures of the Year International (POYI) winners. This year 39,000 photographs from 45 countries were entered. After 19 days, a panel of 12 judges had selected winners in 46 categories. Barbara Davidson of the Dallas Morning News was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year, and Tamas Dezso, a Hungarian freelance photographer, was named Magazine Photographer of the Year. Examples of their work:
The winners' galleries at the POYI site are a treasure trove for photo lovers. Samples include work in nature photography, general and spot news, feature and sports photography. Single and multi-photo stories are highlighted, including magazine portfolios that demonstrate that the magazine photo essay still thrives, even if less visible than it was in the glory days of Life magazine. New technology is represented by a multimedia section that features photography published via internet slide shows.
And now the link: Winners Gallery, Pictures of the Year International. Recommended viewing.