MISSOURI SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM NAMES
63rd ANNUAL PICTURES OF THE YEAR INTERNATIONAL
COLUMBIA, Mo.—Winners of the 63rd Annual Pictures of the Year International
(POYi) Competition, one of the world's largest and most prestigious photojournalism
contests, were announced by the Missouri School of Journalism.
Judges viewed more than 39,000 images submitted by more than 1718 newspaper
and magazine photographers and editors from 400 publications from 45 countries.
Awards were given in 46 distinct categories by a panel of 12 of the world's
leading photographers and editors, who made the winning selections during
19 days of judging from Feb. 19 through March 8 on the MU campus.
Barbara Davidson of the Dallas Morning
Newswas named Newspaper Photographer of the Year (NPOY),
the competition's top award in the newspaper division. Davidson's competition
portfolio included a body of work from the Tsunami aftermath, the funeral
of Pope John Paul II, Nigerian faith healers and the New Orleans Ninth Ward.
The judges were impressed with the photographer's sense of intimacy with her
subjects and strong storytelling. Todd Heisler,
a staff photographer with the Rocky Mountain News, received second place NPOY.
His portfolio contained several stories and iconic single images about U.S.
military personnel killed in Iraq being returned to the U.S. Michael
Macor, a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle and last year's
portfolio winner in POYi received third place NPOY.
Tamas Dezso a Hungarian freelance photographer,
was named Magazine Photographer of the Year (MPOY).
His winning portfolio includes stories about changes in Europe, including "A
Decade After" which examines the nationalistic states created from the dissolution
of Yugoslavia, "Romania- on Europe's Eastern Edge" and a new member of the
European Union, and stories on a Hungarian village, "Totkomlos" and another
on a section of Budapest, "District 8". Two other European freelance photographers, Marcus
Bleasdale and Massimo Mastrorillo won
second and third place portfolios, respectively. Bleasdale last year was the
POYi magazine photographer of the year.
Roger Lemoyne, with the photo agency Redux
and working on a project supported by the Alexia Foundation, won the World
Understanding Award for an essay on the "Democratic Republic of Congo",
covering, as Lemoyne writes, "the conflict in Eastern Congo and the UN led
effort to bring peace." The POYi jurors were so impressed with the quality
of entries this year, that three other documentary projects were awarded Judges' Special
Recognition. These include: David Gillanders' "Homeless
Children of Ukraine", Washington Post staff photographer Carol
Guzy's project on Rwandan amputee refugees living in Washington, D.C., "Wounded
Messengers," and The San Francisco Chronicle's Brant
Ward project on homeless, "No Place for a Lady."
The Community Awareness Award went to Brenda
Ann Kenneally. Her essay, "Upstate Girls" portrays the struggle of young
women in an economically troubled Troy, N.Y. A Judges Special Recognition
award went to an essay on the city of Flint, MI, by Steve
Jessmore called, "Sense of Community." As Jessmore notes, "While statistics
and public opinion are stacked against Flint, many of its people haven't
given up hope."
Brenda Ann Kenneally also won Best Photography Book with Money Power Respect;
Pictures of My Neighborhood. Roger Lemoyne, who also won the World Understanding
Award, placed second in the book division with Détails Obscura - Photographies
1995-2003. Third place went to Vietnam at Peace, by Philip Jones Griffiths.
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, LA, won the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence
in Editing Award, in recognition of the newspaper's consistently high level
of work in picture editing and presentation. POYi Judge Denis Finley, editor
of the Virginian-Pilot, said, "They worked under trying circumstances, horrific
at best, while the rest of the community was evacuated."
The Los Angeles Times won Best Use of Photographs by a Newspaper (over 100,000
circulation) for the second time in three years. Second Place in best use
went to The San Jose Mercury News, third Place to the The San Francisco Chronicle,
and awards of excellence to The New York Times and The Toronto Star. The New
York Times Magazine placed first place in the Best Use of Photographs by a
Magazine category, followed by National Geographic Magazine and TIME Asia
The Evansville (IN) Courier & Press won first place in the Best Use of Photographs
by a Newspaper under 100,000 and The Concord Monitor won second place. Third
place went to the The Naples Daily News, and an award of excellence to The
The public is invited to choose their single Best Picture of the Year Award
from the single picture category first-place winners in this year's POYi.
Nominees will be posted on the Internet at www.msnbc.com where online voters
can cast their ballots.
These and other winners will be honored during the annual POYi awards ceremonies
and education programs, April 21. Hosted by the Missouri School of Journalism,
events during the day on Friday will be held at Jesse Wrench Auditorium of
Memorial Union on the MU campus. There will be an evening Gala Reception and
Silent Print Auction to benefit the POYi Endowment at the Reynolds Alumni
For further information about POYi and to view the winning photographs,
visit the POYi web site at www.poyi.org.
David Rees, Associate Professor
Co-Director Missouri Photo Workshop
Director Pictures of the Year International
Missouri School of Journalism
106 Lee Hills Hall
Columbia, MO 65211