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:
• 1st — Engraved plaque
• Finalist and Award of Excellence — Certificate

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

Tiffany crystal trophy::
• Sports Photographer of the Year
• Documentary Storyteller of the Year
• Photography Book 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.

All 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.

POY celebrates 80 years of honoring photographic excellence

We are pleased to announce the 80th annual Pictures of the Year International competition.

The mission of POY is to honor photojournalistic excellence, to come together as a community through the competition and preserve an inspiring record of visual history that shares the value of photojournalism with students and the public.

We believe that by hosting a transparent, juried competition in which photographers and editors share their own humanity through honest discussion of journalistic work, POY builds public trust in journalism and the people who practice it.

The categories for this year’s POY can be found here.

This year we have added three categories focused on the War in Ukraine: One for single, hard news photographs, another for single photographs of daily life in the midst of war and a third for picture stories from either news or daily life settings.

We are excited to bring back the Photography Book of the Year and our premiere category, Team Picture Story, which recognizes collaborative coverage of any single news event or issue in the world. Only one team entry is allowed per news organization.

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. 6 through Feb. 28, 2022.

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

Be sure to watch for our posts as we celebrate 80 years of POY by sharing gems from the POY Archive throughout the year.


By entering this competition, you declare that you meet the eligibility requirements stated in the rules of the competition and that you are authorized by the holder of the copyright (or the right to copyright) to submit photos and multimedia entries to the Pictures of the Year International (POY, POYi) competition. You grant permission to Pictures of the Year International, the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Missouri School of Journalism and POY programs (such as POY Asia, POY Latam and the POY Archive) to use your submitted material in exhibitions, publications, in promotion 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 print, electronic and online platforms such as the CPOY, POY or MU websites, social media, books, slides/tapes, television broadcast/film/tapes, DVDs and CDs. Entries may become part of the permanent POY archive.

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.