Sunday, March 19, 2006

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.

You can link to the FOYI winners gallery and find yourself spending considerable time looking through a dazzling collection of work, not to mention archives from previous years. First, though, a few other favorites.

And now the link: Winners Gallery, Pictures of the Year International. Recommended viewing.


At Tuesday, March 21, 2006 4:31:00 PM, Blogger Azazelo said...

These are excellent! Do you take these yourself?

At Tuesday, March 21, 2006 5:29:00 PM, Blogger Jim Natale said...

No, I did not make those photographs. I hope I did not imply that I made them, because I didn't intend that. The first two are by Barbara Davidson and Tamas Dezso. You can follow the link to see all the winning entries and the photo credits. It takes some time to work through all of them, but there's some excellent work there. (For the record, the second group of photos in the blog entry are by Jason Arthurs, Michael Melford and Karen Pulfer Focht.)


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