Pictures of the Year International
Phone: 573-884-2188
Email: info@poyi.org
Web: www.poyi.org

Mailing address:
Pictures of the Year International
Missouri School of Journalism
109 Lee Hills Hall
Columbia, MO 65211


$1,000 cash prizes & Tiffany crystal trophies for top Premier winners:
• Photographer of the Year
• Documentary Project of the Year
• World Understanding Award

$500 cash prizes & Tiffany crystal trophies for top Premier winners:
• Newspaper Photographer of the Year
• Sports Photographer of the Year
• Multimedia Photographer of the Year
• Environmental Vision Award
• Community Awareness Award
• Best Photography Book Award

Individual category winner:
1st — Engraved plaque awards
2nd, 3rd, & AE — Certificate awards


Online registration opens:
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Deadline for entries:
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018,
11:59 p.m. (U.S. Central Standard Time)

Judging in Columbia, Mo.:
Feb. 5 - 22, 2017



Welcome to the 75th annual the Pictures of the Year International competition. POY is the oldest and the most prestigious photojournalism program and competition in the world. Each year, POY recognizes excellence in photojournalism, multimedia, and visual editing. POY is committed to engaging citizens worldwide with great documentary photography by sponsoring educational public exhibitions. POY believes it is critical for citizens to experience your documentation of the news events and social issues facing our world. When you enter Pictures of the Year International, your work reaches out to citizens worldwide and becomes a part of visual history.


The Judging Schedule

9 a.m. start time

Monday, Feb. 5

Spot News

General News

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Wednesday, Feb. 7
Newspaper Local Picture Story

Impact 2017-Natural Disaster

Thursday, Feb. 8

Portrait Series

Friday, Feb. 9

Feature Picture Story

Newspaper Photographer of the Year


Saturday, Feb. 10

Sports Feature

Sports Action

Sunday, Feb. 11

Sports Portrait

Sports Picture Story

Monday, Feb. 12

Recreational Sports

Sports Photographer of the Year




Wednesday, Feb. 14

Science & Natural History 413

Science & Natural History Story

Environmental Vision Award

Thursday, Feb. 15

News Picture Story

Community Awareness Award

Friday, Feb. 16
Issue Reporting Picture Story

Saturday, Feb. 17

Best Photography Book

World Understanding Award
Photographer of the Year


Monday, Feb. 19

Multimedia News & Issue

Online News & Issue Editing

Documentary Journalism


Tuesday, Feb. 20

Print Newspaper Editing

Newspaper Visual Editor

Multimedia Feature


Wednesday, Feb. 21

Online Feature Editing

Print Magazine Editing

Magazine Visual Editor


Thursday, Feb. 22

Documentary Project of the Year

Angus McDougall Best Pub

Multimedia Photographer of the Year




The Judges of POYi 75



February 5-9


Dave LaBelle

Francine Orr

Rick Loomis

C.W. Griffin


February 10 - 12


Damian Strohmeyer

David Eulitt

Elsa Garrison

Toni Sandys



February 13 - 18


Loup Langton

Sarah Leen

Jerome Delay

Daniel Rodrigues



February 19 - 22

Kathy Kieliszewski

Dai Sugano

Scott Thode

Marcia Allert


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POYi Welcomes New Director Lynden Steele



As director of photojournalism at RJI, Lynden Steele oversees the Pictures of the Year International competition, coordinates worldwide exhibitions and manages the POYI archive. He also teaches at the Missouri School of Journalism. Before coming to RJI, Steele worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since 2008, most recently as assistant managing editor of photography. The work of his staff has been widely recognized. Notable awards include the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Domestic Photography, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography and the POYI Director’s Choice in 2015.


In 2014, his staff, along with the Post-Dispatch’s graphics and metro team, won an EPPY Award from Editor & Publisher for Best Use of Photography on a Website and the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Breaking News for staff coverage of Ferguson.

Prior to his work in St. Louis, Steele was a picture editor at the White House and edited the photography book “Portraits of a Leader: George W. Bush.” Steele began his career as a staff photographer at the Monroe (Michigan) Evening News, and also worked as a staff photographer for Copley newspapers.


He received his bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the Missouri School of Journalism. Steele and his wife, Jody Mitori, who is also a Missouri School of Journalism graduate, have three children, 8-year-old twins and a 12-year-old son.


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The mission of Pictures of the Year International is to recognize excellence in documentary photography and photojournalism, within still photography, motion photojournalism (videography) and visual editing in both print and online formats.

"Show truth with a camera," remains the guiding principle as articulated by POY founder Cliff Edom in 1943.

Pictures of the Year International sets the following criteria for the context of images as well as digital post-production image corrections.

All photographers, editors or contest coordinators submitting entries are required to accept these standards for the Spirit of the Competition when entering the competition.



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I declare that I am authorized by the holder of the copyright (or the right to copyright) to submit photographs to the 75th annual Pictures of the Year International (POY) competition. Pictures of the Year International (POY) recognizes and respects that copyrights are held by the photographer and/or news organization. I grant permission to Pictures of the Year International and the Missouri School of Journalism to use my submitted photographs in exhibitions, in publications, and in promotions of the competition itself, and for educational, research, and historical record purposes concerning Pictures of the Year International. This usage includes, but is not limited to, slides/tapes, television film/tapes, videodisc, DVDs, CDs, websites, and any other type of mechanical, electronic, or digital dissemination system. Winning photographs, published tearsheets, editing displays, multimedia productions, and other images selected for historic significance become part of the permanent POY Archive. By entering, I declare that the photographs were taken or initially published during the calendar year of 2017. (The time period does not apply to the World Understanding Award.)

Pictures of the Year International is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The University of Missouri is a public, tax-exempt educational institution of the State of Missouri. POY provides an educational mission for career development and student advancement, without profit. To achieve the educational mission of the competition, POY requests $50 (U.S. dollars) compensation from participants to cover the costs associated with operation of the competition.