Registration opens:
Monday, Dec. 20, 2021

Deadline for entries:
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022
11:59 p.m., U.S. Central Standard Time (5:59 a.m. GMT)


Pictures of the Year International
Phone: 573-884-2188

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


Individual category winners:
Instead of awarding 2nd or 3rd place, we are recognizing finalists in addition to 1st place and award of excellence.
• 1st — Engraved plaque
• Finalist and Award of Excellence — Certificate

$1,000 cash prizes & Tiffany crystal trophy:
• Photographer of the Year, International
• Photographer of the Year, Local
• World Understanding Award
• Community Awareness Award
• Environmental Vision Award

Tiffany crystal trophy::
• Sports Photographer of the Year
• Documentary Storyteller of the Year
• Online Storytelling Project of the Year
• Visual Editor of the Year

Angus McDougall Excellence in Editing Award:
Winner hosts a sterling silver trophy for one year and receives free tuition to the Missouri Photo Workshop.

Winners will be posted to social media soon after the jury makes its decisions. An official announcement will be made after the competition ends and the results are verified.

For winning entries, POY requires high resolution copies of the images and digital files of the films and online entries.

  • Publication is not a requirement for entering photographs in any category.
  • Anyone may enter. However, most entrants are at a “professional” level.
  • Photographs entered must have been taken or published for the first time between Jan. 1, and Dec. 31, 2021.
  • First-time publication is defined as being published by a media organization in print or online. Personal web sites or social media accounts do not qualify.
  • Photographs should include captions with the date the image was taken or first published. If the exact day is not known, include the month (i.e., Photo taken in May 2021.)
  • Each person submitting an entry must have an individual registration.

Conversations with Photographers of the Year

Friday, April 22, 2022

9:00-9:45 Conversation with photographers in Ukraine

We hear from Irynka Hromotska (Kohut), a Mizzou graduate student from Ukraine who is studying photojournalism through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program and Ethan Swope, a student photojournalist and CPOY winner who recently returned from Ukraine.

10:00-10:30 Valdemar Stroe Ren, College Photographer of the Year

Valdemar’s stories include students coping with Covid and boarding school as well as the community of Narsaq, Greenland, dealing with the potential opening of an uranium mine.

10:45-11:30 Bernadette Tuazon, Photography Director, CNN Digital

Under Bernadette Tuazon’s leadership, CNN became the first non-print news organization to be awarded the prestigious Angus McDougall Excellence in Editing Award.

11:30-1:00 Free BBQ Luncheon and CPOY Exhibit

1:15-2:00 Ed Ou, Documentary Storyteller of the Year

Ed Ou travels the world creating documentaries. His work blends photography and video. Come hear his fascinating take on reporting in two disciplines.

2:15-3:00 Gabrielle Lurie, Photographer of the Year, Local

A San Francisco Chronicle staff photographer, Gabrielle Lurie uses her camera to tell empathetic stories of families struggling with homelessness and drug abuse.

3:15-4:00 Salwan Georges, Photographer of the Year, International

Washington Post photographer Salwan Georges has spent nearly two months covering the Russia-Ukraine war. He’s coming here to share his photographs and experiences.

6:00-9:00 POY-CPOY Exhibit and Reception at Orr Street Studios

Saturday, April 23, 2022

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meet us at Unbound Book Festival

Join our conversation with women visual storytellers at Ragtag.

POY 79 winners list

Winners of POY 79 will be posted on the 79th Judging Schedule as soon as possible after judging concludes.

Watch POY!

We invite you to watch the livestream review of great stories from around the world. You can follow our live discussions on our Facebook page or through Zoom.




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.