KEY DATES

Registration opens:
Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

Deadline for entries:
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
11:59 p.m., U.S. Central Standard Time (5:59 a.m. GMT)

Judging dates:
News: Feb. 16-17
News: Feb. 19-20
Sports: Feb. 22-23
Reportage: Feb. 25-26
Reportage: Feb. 28-March 1
Documentary: March 3-4
Visual Editing: March 6-7


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

$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
• Photography Book of the Year
• Visual Editor of the Year
• Documentary Journalism
• Local Team Picture Story 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

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


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, 2020.
  • Photographs must include captions with the date the photograph was taken or first published.
  • If the exact day is not known, include the month (i.e. "Photo taken in May, 2020.")
  • Each person submitting an entry must have an individual registration.
  • POY is employing picter.com to manage the entries. To enter, pay at poy.org and upload content at picter.com.
  • The term “project” refers to a single entry. A single photograph, picture story or portfolio counts as one entry, or “project.”

How to enter | Entry standards | Categories

Welcome to the 78th annual Pictures of the Year International

We are excited to announce the 78th annual Pictures of the Year International competition. In such a tumultuous year, it is an honor to be able to recognize the tremendous work done by photojournalists worldwide.

We are accepting entries from Dec. 14 until Jan. 12, 2021. The judging will take place virtually from Feb. 16 to March 7, 2021. The final rounds will be broadcast live.

Adapting to the new reality of the pandemic, we implemented a new entry process through Picter.com and simplified the entry fee to a flat $50 for each entrant.

To enter, begin by paying at poy.org. You will then receive a receipt that includes a URL link to the Picter site and an entry code. To upload your photos and stories to Picter, follow the link and enter the code. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create a free Picter account.

Our virtual judging will differ from our practice of livestreaming the entire contest. The judges 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. Each judge will review their categories in their entirety. There are no pre-screening panels.

New Categories for 2020

While the pandemic will be represented in many categories, we have focused two on it specifically: COVID-19 News Picture Story and COVID-19 Personal Expression, which allows for an “interpretive project that reflects personal experiences, feelings and thoughts. This category departs from the norm, but we wanted a place for work that expresses personal resilience and creativity over isolation and struggle.

Every year, POY features a specific category that focuses on the biggest news of the year. This year we have two: Impact 2020: Election Season and Impact 2020: Protests and Movements, a picture story category in an effort to, “share stories that reflect the nuances and emotional depth of those taking action on behalf of their beliefs.”

As many staffs have been drastically cut, photojournalists have banded together to cover stories that are crucially important to their community. To honor such extraordinary teamwork in trying times, we are initiating a premiere team category: Local Team Picture Story of the Year. This category represents the collaborative effort of a team to cover a single topic. One entry is allowed per news organization.

Cliff Edom founded POY in 1943 at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri, to honor photojournalists working stateside during World War II. Since then it has grown to be one of the largest, most prestigious photojournalism competitions in the world. At its heart, POY is an educational program that connects students to the profession and teaches the value of photojournalism to the public through open competition, exhibitions and events. So, please join us for powerful stories and insightful conversations.

Entry, Registration and Category Descriptions

How to enter

Your submission may include up to 15 projects, which can be made up of images, stories, and portfolios. A single project is defined as:

  • One picture in a single-picture category
  • One picture story (5-10 photographs, or 5-20 photographs for categories 14 and 18)
  • One project (up to 40 photographs) in any of the following premier categories: Environmental Vision Award, Community Awareness Award, World Understanding Award
  • A single portfolio in the Photographer or Visual Editor of the Year categories.

Entry specifications

  • File type: .JPG
  • Image Size: 3,000 pixels minimum on the longer side.
  • Resolution: 300 dpi, minimum.

Print editing entries

WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT PDF FILES. PLEASE CONVERT TO JPG FILES

Please submit each page as a separate .jpg file. A double truck (two facing pages) should be submitted as a single .jpg file.

Picture story sequence

The order or sequence of images you create upon entering will be preserved. You may change the sequence after you upload the images. POY will not change the order of the pictures after you submit the entry.

Please include the story summary in addition to the caption in the description field in the first image of each story.

For Photographer of the Year, Local and International as well as Sports Photographer of the Year

  • You must create a .jpg blank, black slide as the first image for each story. It is important to include the story title and story description in the IPTC document title and caption fields of the slide. Place the slide at the beginning of each story. Do not title the slide.
  • Single images are not required, but may be included. If including single images, begin the portfolio with them.
  • Picture stories are not limited to 10 images.
  • Single images within the portfolio should not be repeated in a picture story in the portfolio.

Video and URL entries

  • Submit a single URL via an active link.
  • Do not upload video files.
  • Include needed passwords to access the URL and video content.

POY Entry Standards and Ethics

Photographs entered must have been taken or published for the first time, either in print or online, between Jan. 1, and Dec. 31, 2020.

Documentary entries should be true representations of a news scene or candid moment. Photographs cannot be posed, set up or staged. Portraits may be posed.

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

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

The content of the submitted work must not be digitally manipulated or altered through post-production processing. Routine post-production processing of images for exposure correction, white balance and color toning is acceptable. Adding, altering, or removing elements is not permitted. Excessive saturation or desaturation is also not allowed. (Category 14 — COVID-19 Personal Expression is the exception)

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 & white image files that artificially impose a color shift, such as sepia or cyan tones, will be disqualified. (Category 14 — COVID-19 Personal Expression is the exception)

Photos from smartphone cameras are eligible. However, the use of software capture filters that changes the image through excessive tonal aberrations, textures, vignettes, or other artistic manipulations will be disqualified. (Category 14 — COVID-19 Personal Expression is the exception)

Diptychs and triptychs are not eligible. Digitally manufactured photo illustrations, double exposures, in-camera multiple exposures, added masks, borders, backgrounds, text, handwritten notes, or other artistic effects are all prohibited. (Category 14 — COVID-19 Personal Expression is the exception)

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 seem to conflict with these standards and provide them with the opportunity to resubmit the photograph before judging begins. Once judging begins, judges have the discretion to disqualify entries that they think over manipulate the image.

ENTRY TIP! Judges often review the category rules when looking at images. Consider your category decisions carefully. Judges cannot move entries.

Photographs with content specific to a themed year-specific category must 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 as part of a larger picture story or project, but they may not comprise a majority of the story.

All photographs entered in the still photography categories must be the taken and credited to a single photographer. Team still photography entries are only allowed in Category 18, the Home Team category.

POY will request the original RAW or JPG image files from a random selection of 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.

Image Captions, Dates and Information

Captions can be critical during judging — write and enter your image captions carefully. Please do not put your name in the caption. You will also be required to submit Story Descriptions for the Picture Story and Portfolio Categories. For picture stories, include the story summary along with the caption in the description field in the first image of each story.

IPTC data may be embedded into images using Photoshop, Photo Mechanic, Aperture, Lightroom, Adobe Bridge and other image editing solutions. Please verify that capture dates are correct so you remain eligible. Once you have uploaded your files, any IPTC data will be automatically extracted and displayed.

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

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

Each caption should include a date, or an approximation of the date. For example, "The photo was taken on Feb. 4, 2020," or "The photo was taken in February 2020."

Captions that are inaccurate or falsely represent the picture content may be disqualified.

The following IPTC fields are required:

  • DOCUMENT TITLE is the image title
  • AUTHOR is the photographer's name
  • DESCRIPTION is the caption (and story summary for picture stories)
  • CAPTURE DATE verify that this field is correct. If any images are outside eligible entry dates your entry may be rejected. IMPORTANT: If your IPTC date is incorrect, you are able to edit the date during entry.
  • LOCATION INFORMATION include city (or nearest city), state/province, country

Single Image & Picture Story

ENTRY TIP! Picture Story projects should have a clearly defined structure with each image contributing unique information. In the final rounds, the 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 project. Do not re-edit photos from the same story and then upload it as a different story.

Photographers may enter a maximum of 15 projects (entries) in any combination of categories.

Portfolio Submissions

Single images are not required but may be included. If including single images, begin the portfolio with them.

Premier categories are open to everyone.

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

Picture stories are not limited to 10 images.

Entries need not have been published, but the majority of the photos must be taken during 2020 or the entire project must be first published in 2020 (Exception: World Understanding Award has no time restrictions).

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

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 separate entries into those categories.

The Categories

1 - Science & Natural History
A single photograph that increases the understanding and appreciation of science or the natural world. Studio scenes that are arranged by the photographer are not eligible.
2 - Science & Natural History Picture Story
A narrative 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 2020: Election Season
A single photograph from coverage of news or an issue related to any one of the dozens of elections being held this year around the world. Photographs must be taken during 2020.
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 - Impact 2020: Protests and Movements
A narrative picture story from the coverage of the news, people or issues related to social or political movements. 10 photographs maximum per entry.

From the Black Lives Matter movement and protests against police brutality; to political rallies for candidates and rallies against government actions around the globe; to demonstrations over Covid-19 policies and restrictions, people have taken their passions to the streets. We invite photographers to go beyond the single news image of the day and share stories that reflect the nuances and emotional depth of those taking action on behalf of their beliefs in 2020. The dignity of the subject must be respected.
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.
10 - Issue Reporting Picture Story
A narrative picture story that explores an important social, economic, or political issue. 10 photographs maximum per story.
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 important. 10 photographs maximum per story.
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 - COVID-19 News Picture Story
A narrative picture story based on daily coverage of general or breaking news related to the coronavirus. 10 photographs maximum per story.
14 - COVID-19 Personal Expression
An interpretive project that reflects the personal experiences, feelings and thoughts related to COVID-19. It may be conceptual or artistic. Alternate processes and digital manipulations are allowed. 20 images maximum per story, only one entry allowed per entrant.
15 - 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 2020.
16 - 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.
17 - 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 2020.
18 - Local Team Picture Story of the Year *NEW PREMIERE CATEGORY
This premiere category recognizes the collaborative effort of a photo staff covering a single topic that is important to its local audience. It is a narrative picture story or series that is comprised of pictures taken as part of a team or staff effort to cover a local issue or news story. Entries are limited to one entry per news organization. 20 images maximum per story.
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 News Reporting
A single story based on coverage of general 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.”
21 - 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 — approximately 16 minutes or longer).
22 - Online Storytelling: Daily Life and News Reporting
A single news story or issue on any single online platform. It may be based on coverage of an issue, daily news, everyday human experience or a cultural trend. Web page entries should consist of a single story.
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.
24 - Newspaper Picture Editing
A news, issue or daily life 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.”

We cannot accept .pdf files. Please convert all .pdf files to .jpg files.

Submit each page as a separate .jpg file. A doubletruck (two facing pages) should be submitted as a single .jpg file.
25 - Magazine Picture Editing
A news, issue or feature story based on coverage that is printed in a magazine or specialty publication. A single story may include one or more pages from up to 5 consecutive issues.

We cannot accept .pdf files. Please convert all .pdf files to .jpg files.

Submit each page as a separate .jpg file. A doubletruck (two facing pages) should be submitted as a single .jpg file.
26 - Visual Editor of the Year
This premiere category awards excellence in individual editing portfolios. Newspaper, Magazine and Online visual editors may enter this category. The portfolio should only represent work of an individual in which they served as the lead editor on a story or package.

An editing portfolio may consist of content published on multiple platforms, from apps to online stories and print publication stories. A portfolio entry should present no more than 10 individual stories, either in print or online. A converged print-and-online version of a specific story will count as one story. The print version of stories may include one or more pages (.jpg files).

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

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.
27 – Photographer of the Year, International
This premier category is open to all photographers — independent, agency, wire service, or newspaper photographers. The work 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.

Please create a blank, black slide (.jpg). Fill out the IPTC title and caption fields with the story title and description. Place the slide it at the beginning of each story. Do not title the slide.

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

Photographers may submit a portfolio into either portfolio category, #27 or #28, but not both.
28 – Photographer of the Year, Local
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 or regional coverage from their home 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 enter in the category: Photographer of the Year, International.

Please create a blank, black .jpg slide. Fill out the IPTC title and caption fields with the story title and description. Place the slide it at the beginning of each story.

Only one national or international story is allowed. Single images may be included but are not required. A portfolio must include at least two narrative picture stories (5 or more images). 50 photographs maximum (not including the black slides).

Photographers may submit a portfolio into either portfolio category, #27 or #28, but not both.
29 - Sports Photographer of the Year
This premier category is open to all photographers — independent, agency, wire service, or newspaper photographers. A portfolio should include single pictures and at least one narrative picture story. Stories are not limited to 10 images.

All photographs included in the Sports portfolio must be taken during 2020. Submit a maximum of 30 photographs. At least three different sports should be represented.

Please create a blank, black slide (.jpg). Fill out IPTC title and captions with story title and description. Place the slide it at the beginning of each story. Do not title the slide.

Entrants may also enter Photographer of the Year category #27 or #28, with images and/or stories from their Sports portfolio.
30 – Documentary Storyteller of the Year
The portfolio must be the work of one person who shot the principal visual content (video and/or still photographs), but the stories in the portfolio may be produced and edited by different members. Stories must have been either shot, produced, or first published during 2020.

A portfolio should consist of a minimum of three stories and a maximum of five documentaries (as URL links). It may be a mix of linear (video) stories and non-linear (user experience) online stories. It may include entries from the Online Storytelling categories. Each story in the portfolio may have a run time up to about 15 minutes.

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 minimum of 12 images). Entries need not have been published. Winning entries from previous years are not allowed. A majority of the photos must have been taken during 2020.

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 2020.
32 - Community Awareness Award
This Premier category recognizes a photographer’s extended story or essay about the 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 (a minimum of 12 images). Entries need not have been published. Winning entries from previous years are not allowed. A majority of the photos must have been taken during 2020.

Portions of the essay may be part of a Photographer of the Year portfolio entry if the photos were taken or first published in 2020.
33 - World Understanding Award
This Premier category recognizes 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 may 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; however, the portraits should not comprise a majority of the images within the project.

Submit a maximum of 40 images (a minimum of 12 images).

Entries need not have been published. There are no subject requirements.

There are no time restrictions. Photos need not have been taken during 2020.

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

Portions of the essay may not be entered in single or picture story categories.

Portions of the essay may be included in a Photographer of the Year portfolio entry if the photos were taken or first published in 2020.
34 - Photography Book of the Year
This category recognizes the best documentary visual storytelling in a book.

Book entries must rely on documentary photography and have been published within the last three years (2018, 2019, or 2020). Previous entries are not eligible.

Photographs may be the work of one or more photographers. The photographer and the publishing house should coordinate to avoid duplicate entries.

Submit 1-10 images of the book (include the cover) and mail a physical copy by courier (FedEx, DSL, UPS, or postal mail). Include a note with your name and the publishing house.

Ship the book to:
Pictures of the Year International
Missouri School of Journalism
109 Lee Hills Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

NOTE: It is not necessary that the book entry arrive by the contest deadline, Jan. 19, 2020, as long as the shipment is post marked on or before Jan. 19. Standard shipping with any courier such as FedEx, DSL, UPS, or postal mail is sufficient. However, the book must arrive by the time judging begins in February.

The trophy will honor the photographer(s). The publishing group will be recognized with a plaque, listing the editors and photographers involved.
35 - Angus McDougall Excellence in Editing Award
All files must be .jpg format

The spirit of this category is to recognize the very best in visual editing by a media organization across all platforms. Judges will recognize excellence in use of photojournalism, video, interactive design, user experience, and multimedia storytelling.

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. Editing should demonstrate sensitivity for the selection and organization of documentary photography. Design should reflect consideration for the reader and respect for the vision of the photographer.

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.

Only one portfolio entry per organization is allowed. Include up to 10 individual stories. The stories may be a print or online version or a converged print-and-online version of a single topic. All stories must be published in 2020.

Submit a URL single primary link for each story. Make sure the online links are active and the needed passwords are included.

Documentary Criteria (Categories 19, 20, 21)

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 2020. Documentaries entered previously are not eligible.

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

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

Documentaries must be published online or shared publicly via broadcast or festivals, for example, during 2020. However, the entry may include content shot in previous years.

Submit a single URL link for each story. Make sure the links are active. If password access is required, submit a working password. Do not upload video files.

Each documentary can be entered as a single entry and as part of an entry for Online Project of the Year and as part of a portfolio for Documentary Storyteller of the Year. Multiple-chaptered stories or projects should be entered in the category Online Storytelling Project of the Year.

Online Storytelling Criteria (Categories 22, 23)

The intent of these categories is to recognize excellent visual editing and management in multiple-chaptered stories or projects on an online platform, primarily websites.

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

Portfolios, business promotions, agency catalogs, or personal websites are not eligible. Also, not eligible are stories that include the funding organization as the primary subject.

If a story is published across multiple platforms, choose the one platform that creates the best representation for that specific story. Updated versions of the originally posted story are acceptable.

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

Projects must have been either shot, produced, or published during 2020.

Provide a single URL link to the project’s primary web page during registration.

Picture Editing Criteria (Categories 24, 25, 26)

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

Open to all — teams or individuals, either independent or affiliated with media organizations such as newspapers, magazines, or specialty advocacy organizations. Portfolios, business promotions, catalogs, or personal publications are not eligible. Also, not eligible are stories that include the funding organization as the primary subject or narrative.

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 story may be submitted only once. All stories must be published in 2020.

COPYRIGHTS & USAGE STATEMENT

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.