KEY DATES

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)

ENTER POY 79 HERE
CONTACT

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

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


AWARDS

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.

QUICK ANSWERS
  • 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.

79th annual Pictures of the Year International

We are honored to announce the 79th annual Pictures of the Year International competition.

The mission of the first POY in 1944 was to honor photojournalistic excellence, preserve a curated collection of images and come together as a community through the competition. As the jury selected images to be part of the exhibition, they awarded one image with “first place” and a few more with “honorable mentions.” They did not award second or third place.

We see the wisdom in this method. It preserves the jury’s insightful discussions without splitting hairs over equally deserving efforts. We follow this approach for our premier categories. For POY 79, we will follow it for all categories and award first place, finalist and award of excellence but not second or third place.

As we enter another year of the pandemic, we are focusing one category, called Impact 2021: Covid-19, Year 2, on in-depth stories about Covid. Stories can span the past two years and include up to 20 images. The category is for individual photographers; no team entries will be considered. Previously entered images from 2020 can be included, but 60% of the story must be photographed in 2021.

For POY 79 we also welcome the return of the Olympic categories representing the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. We are accepting action and daily life images from both Olympic and Paralympic competitions in the Olympic categories.

The judging will be virtual again this year. The POY curators will vote in the first rounds on their own. We will then meet virtually for the final rounds of voting and discussion, which will be livestreamed Feb. 9 through Feb. 28, 2022.

We are excited to gather virtually as a community through the POY competition and recognize the incredible dedication of photojournalists.

Registration Guidelines

On Dec. 20, 2021, POY opens for online registration and entry. Follow the “79th POY Entry” links at www.poy.org.

Deadline is Thursday, Jan. 20, 2021, 11:59 p.m., U.S. Central Standard Time. (5:59 a.m. GMT).

Each entering person must create an individual login. Past registrations are not saved. For the Team Division categories, organizations may create a single “team” registration.

ENTRY TIP! Avoid duplicate entries between photo agency and photographer. Please check in with each other.

Organizations may enter work on the behalf of photojournalists, but the organization’s contest coordinators must create an individual registration for each person or team.

Upload files into correct categories. POY cannot change categories.

How to Register, Pay and Upload

REGISTRATION

  1. Pay the $50 entry fee for yourself or others.
  2. After paying, a receipt will be emailed with a 14-digit reference code and URL link to the POY registration page at Picter. If you do not have a Picter account, you will need to create a free account.
  3. Enter the reference code and upload your content.

PAYMENT

  1. The registration begins with payment. However, photographers can still edit their entry after they upload the photos.
  2. It is possible for a manager/editor to pay for staff or contributing photographers; Please note that the manager must pay first. They will receive a 14-digit reference code and URL link. The manager can share that information with the photographer, who can follow the link and apply the entry code.
  3. Managers can pay as they go and log in multiple times to pay for multiple photographers.

EDITING ENTRIES

  1. For editing submissions, all pdfs must be converted to jpgs. This is a 1-click process in Adobe Bridge: File-Export to-Save as jpgs.
  2. For editing submissions that include multiple online platforms, related URLs and password information can be included with the editing entry.

PHOTO ENTRIES

  1. If a photographer uploads content for other photo contests in Picter, they can use the same files for POY.
  2. POY will not rename the image files or create title slides for the stories
  3. For the 3 Photographer of the Year categories (Local, International & Sports), create a title slide (white letter on a black slide) for each story.

The Spirit of the Competition

The mission of Pictures of the Year International is to recognize excellence in the photojournalism disciplines of documentary photography, documentary film and visual editing in print and online platforms.

We come together as a community through the competition. POY is committed to engaging citizens with great documentary work by hosting educational programs and public exhibitions. "Show truth with a camera," remains the guiding principle as stated by Cliff Edom.

POY follows the National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics. All captions and story summaries should meet journalistic standards for accuracy and meet publication requirements. NPPA code of ethics: https://nppa.org/code-ethics

All are welcome to view the virtual POY judging at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Mo. Livestreaming of the judging will take place Feb. 9 through Feb. 28.

POY Entry Standards

Photographs must have been taken or published for the first time by a media organization, either in print or online, between Jan. 1, and Dec. 31, 2021. Personal web sites or social media accounts do not qualify as media organizations.

Documentary entries should be unposed images of news scenes or candid moments. Staged photographs are not allowed.

Portraits may be posed.

Do not digitally manipulate images. Routine post-production processing for exposure correction, white balance and color toning is acceptable. Adding, altering, or removing elements is not permitted. Excessive saturation or desaturation is not allowed.

POY accepts two photographic modes: color and black & white.

Black & white images should be bi-tonal and display a full grayscale range of 256 intensities from deep-shadow blacks to highlight whites. Black and white image files that artificially impose a color shift, such as sepia or cyan tones, will be disqualified.

ENTRY TIP! Heavily edited images turn off judges. Color images should replicate how the human eye sees color. Flagrant pre- or post-production effects that use excessive tonal aberrations, textures, vignettes, color saturation or other manipulations may be disqualified.

Photos from smartphone cameras are eligible. However, the use of software capture filters that artificially impose excessive tonal aberrations, textures, vignettes, or other artistic manipulations will be disqualified.

Digitally manufactured photo illustrations, double exposures, in-camera multiple exposures, added masks, borders, backgrounds, text, handwritten notes, or other effects are prohibited.

Diptychs and triptychs are not eligible.

Film edges will be allowed if the original photograph was shot on film (negative or transparency) or Polaroid and the border is the true nature of the medium.

POY staff reviews every still photograph entry in advance of judging. We will contact photographers whose images conflict with these standards. If possible, we will provide the opportunity to resubmit the photograph. Judges have the discretion to disqualify entries.

ENTRY TIP!Judges often review the category rules to guide their decisions. Consider your category choices carefully. Judges cannot move entries to new categories.

Photographs with content specific to a themed year-specific category should enter the submissions into that category.

Images submitted into single-photo categories cannot be copies, scans, or a photograph of other photographs or documents. A photograph of a photograph can serve as a detail image within a picture story or project, but those images cannot make up a majority of the story.

Each photograph should include a caption embedded in the .jpg file's IPTC metadata description field that meets journalistic standards for accuracy and publication requirements.

ENTRY TIP! Captions are read in the final rounds of each category. Well-written captions with relevant details strengthen your entry and distinguish it from entries with weaker captions.

Each caption should include a date, or an approximation of the date. For example, “The photo was taken on Feb. 4, 2021,” or “The photo was taken in February 2021.”

Pictures with captions that are inaccurate or falsely represent the scene or person may be disqualified.

All photographs entered in the still photography categories must be the taken and credited to a single photographer. Team entries are not allowed.

POY will request the original RAW or JPG image files from a random selection of up to 20 percent of the photographs voted to final places by the jury, plus any images that the jury members or POY staff request. POY will examine and verify each of these selected files for authenticity. Any photographs that do not meet these standards will be disqualified.

15 Submissions Allowed per Person

A maximum of 15 submissions can be entered in any combination of categories. Most categories allow up to 5 submissions. The single-image sports categories allow up to 15 submissions.

A single submission is an entry or project. It is defined as:

One picture in a single-picture category

One picture story (5-10 photographs)

One project (up to 40 photographs) in any of the following premier categories: Environmental Vision Award, Community Awareness Award, World Understanding Award

One portfolio in the Photographer or Visual Editor of the Year categories.

Single Images and Picture Stories

ENTRY TIP! Edit picture stories carefully. The POY judges often focus on the quality of the edit. Eliminate weak and redundant images.

A single photograph may be submitted only once among the single-picture categories.

A single photograph entered as a single photograph and included as part of one picture story.

A picture story consists of 5–10 photos and counts as one entry. Do not re-edit photos from the same story and then submit it as a different story.

Photographers may enter a maximum of 5 submissions (aka entries or projects) per category.

File Specifications

File naming

It is not necessary to rename your files.

Picture story order

You may change the sequence after you upload the images. Once the entry is submitted, the sequence is set. POY cannot change the order of the pictures.

Entry specification

File type: .JPG
Image Size: 1500 pixels minimum on the longer side.
Resolution: 300 dpi, minimum.

Video and URL entries

Submit a single URL via an active link.
Do not upload video files.
Include username and password information to access the URL content.

For editing entries, please convert PDF files to JPG files

This is a 1-click process in Adobe Bridge: File-Export to-Save as jpgs.
Submit double-truck spreads as one jpg file.
For online editing entries, include URLs, usernames, and password information.

Winner Notification

Winners will be posted to social media soon after the judges make their decisions. All winners will be contacted after the results are announced. 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.

Still Photography Categories

1 - Science and Natural History

Single photographs that increase understanding and appreciation of science or the natural world. Studio scenes that are arranged by the photographer are not eligible.

2 - Science and Natural History Picture Story

A multiple-picture story, essay, sequence, or series that increases understanding and appreciation for science or the natural world. Studio scenes that are arranged by the photographer are not eligible. 10 photographs maximum per entry.

3 - General News

Single photographs from a news event or social issue for which planning was possible.

4 - Impact 2021: Covid-19, Year 2

A documentary, narrative picture story based on coverage related to the coronavirus. Story may include images from 2020 and 2021. Images from 2020 are limited to 40% of the story (8 out of 20 images). A maximum of 20 photographs per story.

5 - Spot News

Single photographs of breaking news or events in which no planning was possible.

6 - Daily Life

Single photographs, candid and un-posed, that reflect the human experience, celebrate life, or chronicle a cultural trend. Respect for the dignity of the subject is important.

7 - Portrait (singles)

A single photograph that reflects a strong sense of a person’s identity or narrative. Respect for the dignity of the person is important.

8 – Portrait Series

A series of photographs that reflects a strong sense of identity or narrative. 10 photographs maximum per entry.

9 - National/International News Picture Story

A narrative picture story based on daily coverage of general or breaking news that is of primary interest to an entire nation or the world. It is usually created with the intent to share nationally or internationally. 10 photographs maximum per story.

(Note: A picture story can only be entered once, but it can also be included in a portfolio entry.)

10 - Issue Reporting Picture Story

A narrative picture story that explores an important social, economic, or political issue. 10 photographs maximum per story.

(Note: A picture story can only be entered once, but it can also be included in a portfolio entry.)

11 - Daily Life Picture Story

A narrative picture story that reflects the everyday human experience, celebrates life, or chronicles a cultural trend. Respect for the dignity of the subject is essential. 10 photographs maximum per story.

(Note: A picture story can only be entered once, but it can also be included in a portfolio entry.)

12 - Local News Picture Story

A narrative picture story based on daily coverage of general or breaking news that is of primary interest to the local audience from a media organization or the photographer’s primary geographic market. In other words, a hometown story. 10 photographs maximum per story.

13 - Sports Action

A single photograph that captures peak action of an individual or team sport. Jubilation, dejection, or reaction images should be entered in the Sports Life and Recreational Sports category. Photographs must be taken during 2021.

14 - Sports Life and Recreational Sports

A single photograph that celebrates the role sports play in the community. Image may show the emotional highlights of players on the field or the reactions of fans. The sport may be a professional, amateur, or intramural competition. Photographs must be taken during 2021.

15 - Sports Picture Story

A narrative picture story that increases the understanding of the role that athletics play in the lives of athletes and their community. The story may focus on sports as a catalyst of change in gender, race, politics, and cultural issues. It may feature professional or amateur athletes, fans, families, or any aspect of a community that is changed by its connection to sports. 10 photographs maximum per story.

16 - Olympic Action

Single photographs that capture the peak action of individual or team competition in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Jubilation, dejection, and reaction photographs should be entered in the Olympics Life category. Note: Must be taken during the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan between July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, or during the Paralympic Games Aug. 24-Sept. 5, 2021. Action from pre- or post-Olympic contests, such as the various Olympic trials should be entered in the Sports Action category #13

17 - Olympic Life

Single photographs that increase the understanding and appreciation for the experience of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The photograph should spotlight emotion, celebration, jubilation, dejection, and reaction among athletes and fans. Note: Must be taken during the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan between July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, or during the Paralympic Games Aug. 24-Sept. 5, 2021. Images from pre- or post-Olympic contests, such as the various Olympic trials should be entered in the Sports Life category #14

Sports Photographer of the Year is listed in the Premier Division.

Team Division

This division reflects the collaborative work in video and online storytelling. However, individuals, who are independent or affiliated with a news organization, may also enter. There are three groups:

Documentary — linear video production Online Storytelling — non-linear, interactive web pages Picture Editing — print editing

Documentary

The term “documentary” in this context is defined as a non-fiction, moving picture narrative, relying on visual evidence to report real situations or events involving real subjects. The photographer should follow the concepts of observational and direct cinema techniques.

All documentary entries should adhere to strict journalistic ethics. The content should represent the news, issues, or cultural trends of 2021.

Entries should be presented in a linear format and presented in a web-based video player. In other words, the viewer clicks "play" and the story runs from start to finish.

These categories are intended to appraise storytelling through a combination of videography, still photography, informational graphics, and audio.

ENTRY TIP! The goal is to "show" the story rather than have an interviewee or on-camera commentator "tell" the story.

Not allowed are fictional stories, staged reenactments, docu-dramas, or television news reports where an on-camera commentator tells the story. Stories that feature business promotions, branded content, personal portfolios, or the funding organization as primary subjects are not eligible.

Documentaries must be published online or shared publicly via broadcast or festivals during 2021. However, the entry may include content shot in previous years.

Submit a single URL link for each story. Make sure the links are active. Include required usernames and passwords. Do not upload video files.

Each documentary may be entered three times: as a single entry, included as part of an Online Project of the Year entry and as part of a portfolio for Documentary Storyteller of the Year.

Documentaries entered in previously years are not eligible.

Multiple-chaptered stories or projects that include layered content should be entered in the premier category Online Storytelling Project of the Year.

18 - Documentary News Reporting

A single story based on coverage of general news or breaking news, or an essay that explores a social, economic, or political issue (flexible length – up to about 15 minutes). Longer stories should be entered in the “Documentary Journalism.”

19 - Documentary Daily Life

A single story that reflects the human experience, celebrates life, or chronicles a cultural trend. Respect for the dignity of the subject is important (flexible length – up to about 15 minutes). Longer stories should be entered in the “Documentary Journalism.”

20 - Documentary Journalism

This premiere category recognizes excellence longform Documentary Journalism. Based in a video format, this is a single story the focuses on news, events, social issue, or a cultural trend. Do not enter shorter versions of the same story in other categories. This may be a team entry. (flexible length – 20-45 minutes approximately).

Online Storytelling

Entries in these categories are intended to award the online version of a specific story. The intent is to recognize excellent visual editing in multiple-chaptered stories or projects on an online platform, primarily websites.

Open to all — teams or individuals, independent or affiliated with media organizations such as newspapers, magazines, photo agencies, media companies, NGOs, or advocacy organizations.

Portfolios, business promotions, agency catalogs, or personal websites are not eligible. Stories that feature the funding organization as the primary subject are not allowed.

These categories are intended to appraise storytelling through the effective balancing of photography, video, audio, interactive content on an online platform. Clarity of focus and user experience will be the guiding criteria.

If a story is published on multiple platforms, choose the one platform that best represents it.

Web pages that present a single video should be submitted in the documentary categories.

Projects must have been either been created or published during 2021. Updated versions of the originally posted story are acceptable.

21 - Online Storytelling: Daily Life

A single news story or issue presented on any single online platform. It may be based on coverage of an issue, everyday human experience, or a cultural trend.

Do not enter shorter versions of the same story in other categories. This may be a team entry. (flexible length – approximately 20-45 minutes).

22 - Online Storytelling: News Reporting

A single news story or issue presented on a single online platform. It may be based on coverage of a news topic or daily news.

23 - Online Storytelling Project of the Year

This Premier category is open to teams or individuals. It is intended to appraise in-depth visual online journalism that explores a social, economic, or political issue through a special report, series, or presentation with multiple chapters. There is no length limitation.

Picture Editing

These categories are intended to appraise storytelling on the printed pages through the effective use of photojournalism, captions, headlines, and typography. Entries consist of the print version of a story and may be one or more pages. A single story may include up to five consecutive issues.

Open to teams or individuals, independent or affiliated with media organizations such as newspapers, magazines, or specialty advocacy organizations.

Page design should reflect consideration for the reader and respect for the vision of the photographer. Design and presentation of inside pages and section fronts will be evaluated.

ENTRY TIP! An entry may be comprised of a single page, a doubletruck, or multiple pages. Remove weak display or type-heavy pages.

A story may be submitted only once. All stories must be published in 2021. Stories that feature business promotions, branded content, personal portfolios, or the funding organization as primary subjects are not eligible.

24 - Newspaper Picture Editing

A news, issue or feature story based on daily coverage that is printed in a general circulation newspaper. A single story may include one or more pages from up to 5 consecutive issues. Magazines published by a newspaper or other media organization should be entered in the category "Magazine Picture Editing.”

25 - Magazine Picture Editing

A news, issue or feature story based on coverage that is printed in a magazine or specialty publication.

26 - Visual Editor of the Year

This premiere category awards editing excellence to one person. The portfolio should only represent work of an individual in which they served as the lead editor on a story or package.

Newspaper, Magazine and Online visual editors may enter this category.

An editing portfolio may consist of content published on multiple platforms, from apps to online stories and print publication stories. A portfolio entry may include up to 10 stories, either in print or online. A converged print-and-online version of a specific story will count as one story. The print version may include one or more pages (.jpg files).

We cannot accept .pdf files. Please convert all .pdf files to .jpg files. Submit each page as a separate .jpg file. A double truck (two facing pages) should be submitted as a single .jpg file.

Team entries should be submitted in the "Angus McDougall Excellence in Editing Award.”

Portfolio Entries

All premier categories are open to everyone.

A portfolio must include at least two picture stories (5 or more images). Single images may be included but are not required. 50 images maximum (not including title slides).

Create a title slide (white text, black background) to separate the stories. Fill out the IPTC title and caption fields with the title and description. Place the slide it at the start of each story.

The entry must be summarized in a single paragraph in the story summary field of the online registration form.

All photographs must include captions. You are encouraged to use the caption field to expand on story details as they pertain to the individual image.

Picture stories in portfolios are not limited to 10 images.

Entries need not have been published, but 60% of the photos must be taken in 2021 or the entire project must have been first published in 2021 (Exception: World Understanding Award has no time restrictions).

Single images in the portfolio should not be repeated in a picture story in the same portfolio.

Arrange your single images first and picture stories in the order you wish them to be reviewed.

ENTRY TIP! Photographers are encouraged to enter the single images and picture stories in your portfolio in other categories so that judges become familiar with the work.

POY staff will not separate a portfolio and enter the images into individual categories. If you wish to enter work from your portfolio into single or picture story categories, you must upload the separate entries into those categories.

27 – Photographer of the Year, International

This Premier category is open to all photographers — independent, agency, wire service, or newspaper photographers.

The work represented in this category should be of primary interest to a nation or the world, usually created with the intent to share nationally or internationally. Newspaper photographers who cover national or international stories should enter portfolios in this category.

Photographers may submit a portfolio into either portfolio category, #27 or #28, but not both.

A portfolio must include at least two multiple-picture stories.

Single images are not required, but they may be included.

Submit a maximum of 50 photographs (not including title slides).

28 – Photographer of the Year, Local

Formerly called Newspaper Photographer of the year, this Premier category is open to all photographers — independent, agency, wire service, or newspaper photographers.

The spirit of this category is to honor photographers documenting their own community. Therefore, it is required that a majority of their portfolio must consist of local and/or regional coverage from their residence or organization’s primary geographic market.

If the portfolio consists mostly of national or international stories from outside the organization's primary geographic market, then it should be entered in the Photographer of the Year, International category.

Only one national or international story is allowed.

Photographers may submit a portfolio into either portfolio category, #27 or #28, but not both.

Single images are not required, but they may be included.

Submit a maximum of 50 photographs (not included title slides)

29 - Sports Photographer of the Year

This premier category is open to all photographers — independent, agency, wire service, or newspaper photographers. All photographs must be taken during 2021.

A portfolio should include single pictures and at least one multiple-picture story. Stories are not limited to 10 images. At least three different sports should be represented. Submit a maximum of 30 photographs.

Contestants also may enter Photographer of the Year category #27 or #28, with images and/or stories from their Sports portfolio.

30 – Documentary Storyteller of the Year

Stories must have been first published or broadcasted during 2021.

The portfolio must be the principal work of one individual photojournalist who shot most of the visual content (video and/or still photographs). Stories in the portfolio may be produced and edited by additional people.

A portfolio should include at least three stories up to a maximum of five documentaries.

Each story in the portfolio may have a run time up to about 15 minutes.

A portfolio may be a mix of linear (video) stories and non-linear (user experience) online stories. It may include entries from the Online Storytelling categories.

All members of the production and editing team will be credited in the winners list and gallery.

31 - Environmental Vision Award

This Premier category recognizes a photographer’s long-term story, project, or essay that explores issues related to the environment, natural history, or science. This could include a facet of human impact on the natural world, scientific discovery, coverage of plant or animal habitat, climate concerns, or similar topics.

This is not a category for coverage of human medical issues or natural disasters unless they are a proven result of environmental impact. The project may include a few studio scenes that are arranged by the photographer. However, studio scenes should not comprise a majority of the images within the project.

Submit a maximum of 40 images.

A majority of the photos must have been taken during 2021. A few historic or establishing images shot in previous years may be included as supporting or transitional material.

Winning entries from previous years may not be resubmitted.

Single images and picture stories from this category are encouraged to be entered in Science/Natural History categories #1 and #2.

Portions of the essay may be part of a Photographer of the Year portfolio entry if the photos were taken or published in 2021.

32 - Community Awareness Award

This Premier category will recognize a photographer’s extended story or essay that demonstrates an understanding of and appreciation for everyday life of the people who make up a community. The purpose is to encourage attention to the small events in life that are often overshadowed by the news of the day, and to celebrate those images that reflect the work and dreams of humankind.

A “community” may be defined as a neighborhood, a town, a small commune, a rural agricultural area, a city subdivision, or socioeconomic region.

Submit a maximum of 40 images.

Entries need not have been published.

A majority of the photos must have been taken during 2021. A few historic or establishing images shot in previous years may be included as supporting or transitional material.

Winning entries from previous years may not be resubmitted.

Portions of the essay may be part of a Photographer of the Year portfolio entry if the photos were taken or published in 2021.

33 - World Understanding Award

This Premier category will recognize a photographer’s long-term story, project, or essay that focuses on the human condition and portrays a sense of justice or insight into difficult problems. This could include a facet of human relations, a mutual concern for world conflict, social injustice, or any number of other topics. The project may include a few portraits that are arranged by the photographer.

Submit a maximum of 40 images.

Entries need not have been published.

There are no subject requirements.

There are no time restrictions. Photos need not have been taken during 2021.

Previous World Understanding entries may not be resubmitted for five years.

Winning entries from previous years may not be resubmitted.

Portions of the essay may not be entered in single or picture story categories. Portions of the essay may be part of a Photographer of the Year portfolio entry if the photos were taken or published in 2021.

34 - Angus McDougall Excellence in Editing Award

The spirit of this category is to recognize the very best editing by a media organization’s visual reporting team across all platforms.

Only one portfolio entry per organization. A portfolio entry should present no more than 10 individual stories. All stories must be published in 2021.

This category is open to all news organizations, media groups, newspapers, magazines, or specialty advocacy organizations. Personal portfolios, publications or websites are not allowed. Business promotions, catalogs, branded content, or stories in which the funding organization is also the primary subject are not allowed.

A portfolio may consist of online and print publication stories. Each story may be a print, online version, or a converged print-and-online version of single-story topic.

The print version of a story may be composed of one or more (.jpg) pages, from no more than five consecutive issues on the coverage of a single topic. The online version of a story may include web pages, apps, mobile-optimized websites, or other platforms.

We cannot accept .pdf files. Please convert all .pdf files to .jpg files. Submit each page as a separate .jpg file. A double truck (two facing pages) should be submitted as a single .jpg file.

A doubletruck or spread (two facing pages) should be submitted as a single file.

The online version of stories may include web pages, apps, downloadable PDFs, mobile optimized websites, or other platforms. Submit a single URL link for each online story. Make sure the online links are active and the required usernames and passwords are included.

The winning organization will host a sterling silver trophy for one year, receive a plaque, and tuition to the Missouri Photo Workshop.

35 - Photography Book of the Year

Suspended for POY 79. It will return in POY 80. Books published in 2020, 2021 and 2022 will be eligible.

78th Annual Pictures of the Year International
2020 WINNERS’ LIST

We are proud to honor the work recognized in POY 78. It was an historic year for all of us. We are grateful for the dedication of photojournalists across the globe and thank you for sharing your work through POY. We have listed the premiere winners below and posted a complete list at www.poy.org/78/winners.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR, LOCAL
Gabrielle Lurie, San Francisco Chronicle

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR, INTERNATIONAL
Salwan Georges, The Washington Post

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

VISUAL EDITOR OF THE YEAR
Jeffrey Furticella, The New York Times

DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLER OF THE YEAR
Yousur Al-Hlou, The New York Times

LOCAL TEAM PICTURE STORY OF THE YEAR
Newsday, “Justice for George Floyd”

COMMUNITY AWARENESS AWARD
Johis Alarcón, Independent, “I am, Still”

ENVIRONMENTAL VISION AWARD
Mustafa Bilge Satkın, Independent, “Drowned History”

WORLD UNDERSTANDING AWARD
Jalal Shamsazaran, Independent, “The Agony of Remembering”

COVID-19 PERSONAL EXPRESSION
Elisabetta Zavoli, Independent, “And in Darkness You Find Colors”

DOCUMENTARY JOURNALISM
Weixi Chen, Independent, “Wuhan on the 6th Floor”

ANGUS McDOUGALL EXCELLENCE IN EDITING AWARD
The New York Times, Meaghan Looram, director of photography

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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.