Deadline for Entry Completion Extended: Friday, January 24, 2020 at 11:59pm (CST \ GMT -06:00)

POYi  77 Categories

Still Photography Division Categories

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Science & 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.

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Science & 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.

* NOTE: Twelve photographs maximum per entry.


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General News

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

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Impact 2019 - Immigration Status*

Single photographs from the coverage of issues related to the movement of families and individuals across borders, whether by choice or through displacement, as well as issues related to integrating in a new environment.

* NOTE: Photographs must be taken during 2019.


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Spot News

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

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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.

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Portrait

A single photograph that reflects a strong sense of a person’s identity or narrative.

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Portrait Series

A series of photographs that reflects a strong sense of identity or narrative.

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National/International News Picture Story*

A multiple-picture story, essay, sequence, or series based on daily coverage of general news or breaking news that is primarily of interest to an entire nation or world, usually created with the intent to share nationally or internationally.

* NOTE: A picture story can only be entered in one picture story category, but it can also be included in a portfolio entry. Twelve photographs maximum per entry.


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Issue Reporting Picture Story*

A multiple-picture story, essay, sequence, or series that explores an important social, economic, or political issue.

* NOTE: A picture story can only be entered once, but it can also be included in a portfolio entry. Twelve photographs maximum per entry.


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Daily Life Picture Story*

A multiple-picture story, essay, sequence, or series that reflects the everyday human experience, celebrates life, or chronicles a cultural trend. Respect for the dignity of the subject is important.

* NOTE: A picture story can only be entered once, but it can also be included in a portfolio entry. Twelve photographs maximum per entry.


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Local News Picture Story*

A multiple-picture story, essay, sequence, or series based on daily coverage of general news or breaking news that is of primary interest to a local audience from the media organization or photographer’s primary geographic market. In other words, a hometown story. This category is open to all.

* NOTE: A picture story can only be entered once, but it can also be included in a portfolio entry. Twelve photographs maximum per entry.


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Sports Action*

Single photographs that capture the peak action of individual or team sports. Jubilation, dejection, and reaction photographs should be entered in the Sports Life category.

* NOTE: Photographs must be taken during 2019.


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Sports Life*

Single photographs that increase understanding and appreciation for individual and team sports. The photographs should spotlight emotion, celebration, jubilation, dejection, and reaction among athletes and fans.

* NOTE: Photographs must be taken during 2019.


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Recreational Sports*

Single photographs that celebrate the role of community leagues, amateur enthusiasts, or intramural contests in individual and team sports, and among participants and fans. The spirit of this category is to encourage attention to the small events that are often overshadowed by sports in the top-tier spotlight.

* NOTE: Photographs must be taken during 2019.


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Sports Picture Story

A multiple-picture story, essay, sequence, or series 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. The work may feature professional or amateur athletes, their fans, families, or any aspect of a community that is changed by its connection to sports.

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Sports Portrait*

A single image that reflects a strong sense of a person’s identity or narrative as it relates to their connection with athletics.

* NOTE: Twelve photographs maximum per entry.


Team Division Categories

To more accurately reflect the collaborative work done in video and online storytelling, we have changed the name from “Multimedia” to “Team Division.” However, individuals, either independent or affiliated with a news organization, are allowed to enter. There are three groups:

  • Documentary — linear video production, formerly called Multimedia
  • Online Storytelling — non-linear, interactive web pages, formerly called Online Publications
  • Picture Editing — print editing, formerly called Print Publications


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 2019.

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.

These categories are intended to appraise storytelling using any 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, for example, during 2019. 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 attempt to upload original .mov, mp4, m4v, or .swf 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.

Documentaries entered previously 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.


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 and management in multiple-chaptered stories or projects on an online platform, primarily websites.

Open to everyone — 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.

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

For websites, provide a single URL link to the project’s primary web page during registration.

If a story is published across multiple platforms, choose the one platform that creates the best representation for that specific story.

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 2019.

Updated versions of the originally posted story are acceptable.


Picture Editing

Entries in these categories 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 everyone – teams or individuals, either independent or affiliated with media organizations such as newspapers, magazines, or specialty advocacy organizations.

These categories are intended to appraise storytelling in the printed pages through the effective use of photojournalism, captions, headlines, and other display typography.

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. Judges often compare entries based on the weakness of the edit.

Submit each page as a separate .PDF file. Do not group pages or embed files together.

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

A story may be submitted only once. All stories must be published in 2019.

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.

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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 - about 10 minutes). Longer stories should be entered in the “Documentary Journalism.”

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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 - about 10 minutes). Longer stories should be entered in the “Documentary Journalism.”

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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 – 10 to about 40 minutes).

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Online Storytelling: News Reporting

An entry representing a single news story or issue on any single online platform. It may be based on daily coverage of general or breaking news, or coverage of an issue that explores an important social, economic, or political issue.

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Online Storytelling: Daily Life

A story or essay that reflects everyday human experience, celebrates life, or chronicles a cultural trend on any single online platform. Web page entries should be a single story.

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Online Storytelling Project of the Year

This Premier category is open to teams or individuals that best utilize online platforms. It intended to appraise in-depth visual journalism that explores social, economic, or political issues as a special report, a series, or with multiple chapters. There is no length limitation. It may encompass multiple web pages, etc.

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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.”

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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.

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Visual Editor of the Year

This premiere category awards excellence in individual editing portfolios. Newspaper, magazine and online visual editors may enter this category. Editing portfolio may consist of content from 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. Visual Editor of the Year portfolios may be submitted only by an individual editor. Team editing entries should be submitted in the "Angus McDougall Excellence in Editing Award.”

Premier Division Categories

All premier categories are open to everyone.

It is not necessary to insert a blank black .JPG file (black slide) between photo stories. The uploading program will automatically insert a slide with the title of your story at the beginning for separation.

The entry must be summarized in a single paragraph (2,000 characters or less) 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 are not limited to 12 images.

Entries need not have been published, but majority of the photos must be taken in 2019 or the entire project must be first published in 2019 (Exception: World Understanding Award has no time restrictions).

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

Arrange your single images and picture stories in the order you wish them to be reviewed. Judges will view singles first, then stories.

ENTRY TIP! Photographers are encouraged to also enter single image and picture story categories so judges are familiar with the work before portfolios are judged.

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.

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Photographer of the Year, International

Formerly known as Photographer of the Year, we have changed the designation to reflect the spirit of this award.

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 no longer required, but may be included.

Submit a maximum of 50 photographs.

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Photographer of the Year, Local

Formerly called Newspaper Photographer of the year, this Premier category is now 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 no longer required, but may be included.

Submit a maximum of 50 photographs.

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Sports Photographer of the Year

This premier category is open to all photographers -- independent, agency, wire service, or newspaper photographers.

All photographs included in the Sports portfolio must be taken during 2019.

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

Submit a maximum of 30 photographs.

A portfolio should include single pictures and at least one multiple-picture story.

Stories are not limited to 12 images. At least three different sports should be represented.

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Documentary Storyteller of the Year

Stories must have been either shot, produced, or first published during 2019. The portfolio must be the work of one individual photojournalist 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.

A portfolio should include at least three stories up to a maximum of five documentaries. (as URL address links).

All members of the production and editing team will be credited and recognized in the Winners List and Winners Gallery.

Each story in the portfolio may have a run time up to about 10 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.

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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 2019. 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 2019.

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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 2019. 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 2019.

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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. However, portraits should not comprise a majority of the images within the project.

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 2019.

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 2019.

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Photography Book of the Year

Book entries must rely on documentary photography and have been published within the last three years (2017, 2018, or 2019). 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.

Mail or ship by courier (FedEx, DSL, UPS, or postal mail) only one print-bound copy of the book and include a note inside the cover 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.

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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.

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 visual editing team 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.

Judges will recognize overall excellence in use of visual journalism, still photojournalism, video, interactive design, user experience, and multimedia storytelling.

A portfolio entry should present no more than 10 individual stories. The stories may be a print or online version or a converged print-and-online version of single-story topic.

Only one portfolio entry per organization.

A single-story topic may be submitted only once. All stories must be published in 2019.

The print version of stories may be of one or more pages, from no more than three consecutive issues, on coverage of a single-story topic.

Submit each page as a separate .PDF file. Do not group pages or embed files together.

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

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