Deadline for Entry Completion Extended: Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 05:59pm (CST \ GMT -06:00)

POYi  76 Categories

Still Photography Division Categories

01

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.

02

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.

03

General News

Single photographs from a news event or social issue for which planning was possible - distinct from breaking spot news.

04

Impact 2018 - 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. Photographs must be taken during 2018.

05

Spot News

Single photographs of breaking news or unplanned events taken during daily coverage.

06

Midterm Elections

Single photographs that capture the emotion, character, interaction, mood, or campaign environment during the 2018 local and state Midterm races.

07

Daily Life

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

08

Portrait

Single photographs of a human being that reveal the essence of the subject's character.

09

Portrait Series

A themed series of portraits that reveals the essence of a human being's character.

10

News Picture Story*

A multiple-picture story, essay, sequence, or series based on daily coverage of general news or breaking news.

* NOTE: Same story cannot be entered in more than one multiple-picture story category, but can be included in a portfolio entry.


11

Issue Reporting Picture Story*

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

* NOTE: Same story cannot be entered in more than one multiple-picture story category.


12

Daily Life Picture Story*

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

* NOTE: Same story cannot be entered in more than one multiple-picture story category.


13

Newspaper Local Picture Story*

A multiple-picture news, issue or feature story that focuses on local and/or regional stories about subjects and people from the organization's primary geographic market. Entries are only open to photographers employed as staff members for a regularly published newspaper, either in print or online.

* NOTE: Same story cannot be entered in more than one multiple-picture story category.


Sports Division Categories

14

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 #15.

* NOTE: Photographs must be taken during 2018.


15

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 2018.


16

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 - "recreational sports" - 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 2018.


17

Olympics Action*

Single photographs that capture the peak action of individual or team competition in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Jubilation, dejection, and reaction photographs should be entered in the Olympics Life category.

* NOTE: Must be taken during 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea between Feb. 9 - 25 only. Action from pre- or post-Olympic contests, such as the various Olympic trials or Paralympics, should be entered in the Sports Action category #14.


18

Olympics Life*

Single photographs that increase the understanding and appreciation for the experience of athletes and fans at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Jubilation, dejection, and reaction photographs should be entered in this category.

* NOTE: Must be taken during 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Feb. 9-25 only.


19

Sports Picture Story

A multiple-picture story, essay, sequence, or series that increases understanding and appreciation for individual and team sports and/or the role that athletics play in the lives of amateur and/or professional athletes and fans.

Visual Editing Division Categories

20

Multimedia News & Issue Reporting Story

Single multimedia stories based on coverage of general news or breaking news, or essays that explores an important social, economic, or political issue. Each entry should be a single story or essay with a short run time (flexible length - about eight minutes). Stories of greater length should be entered in the Documentary Journalism category # 23.

21

Multimedia Feature Story

Single multimedia stories or essays that reflects the human experience, celebrates life, or chronicles a cultural trend. Respect for the dignity of the subject is important. Each entry should be a single story or essay with a short run time (flexible length up to about eight minutes). Stories of greater length should be entered in the Documentary Journalism category # 23.

22

2018 Midterm Multimedia Story

A multimedia story or essay that increases understanding and appreciation of the mood of voters, the character of the candidate, or the events of a campaign during a race for local or state election. Each entry should be a single story or essay (flexible length - about eight minutes). Stories of greater length should be entered in the Documentary Journalism category # 23.

23

Documentary Journalism*

Documentary Journalism is intended for single, long-term stories or essays with extended run times of up to about 35 minutes. The stories should rely on motion photojournalism and adopt the concepts of observational and direct cinema techniques. Stories should conform to a documentary approach with journalistic standards that focus on the news events, social issues, or cultural trends of 2018. The term "documentary" is defined as storytelling grounded in truth, relying on visual evidence to report real situations or events involving real subjects who present themselves as themselves.

  • This category are intended to appraise storytelling using any combination of motion videography, still photography, informational graphics, and audio.
  • The goal is to "show" the story rather than have an interviewee or on-camera commentator "tell" the story.
  • Multiple-chaptered stories or projects that include layered content should be entered in the premier category Documentary Project of the Year category #37.
  • Not fitting this definition are fictional allegories, staged reenactments, docu-dramas, or television news reports where an on-camera commentator tells the story. Stories that feature business/organization promotions or personal portfolios are not eligible. Also not eligible are stories that include the funding organization as the primary subject or narrative.
  • Documentary Journalism stories must be published online during 2018 and may include content shot in previous years.
  • Stories previously entered in the 75th POYi competition are not eligible.
  • Submit a URL single primary link for each story. Make sure the online links are active and any needed passwords are included. Do not attempt to upload original .mov, mp4, m4v, or .swf files.

* NOTE: A shorter, edited version may not also be entered in multimedia categories # 20, 21 or 22.


24

Online News & Issue Story Visual Editing

Web page entries should be a single story. There are two story possibilities. An essay or online presentation based on daily coverage of general or breaking news. An issue-related story or essay that explores an important social, economic, or political issue. 2018 Midterm multimedia stories should be entered in this category. Updated versions of the originally posted story are acceptable.

25

Online Daily Life Visual Editing

An online story or essay that reflects the human experience, celebrates life, or chronicles a cultural trend. Web page entries should be a single story. Updated versions of the originally posted story are acceptable.

27

Print Newspaper Visual Editing

A news, issue or feature story or essay based on daily coverage printed in a general circulation newspaper. May include one or more pages, from no more than three consecutive issues, on coverage of a single story topic. Magazines published by a newspaper or other media organization should be entered in "Print Magazine / Media Visual Editing," category #28.

28

Print Magazine / Media Visual Editing

A news, issue or feature story or essay based on coverage printed in a general circulation magazine or specialty publication. May include one or more pages, from no more than three consecutive issues, on coverage of a single story topic.

29

Newspaper Visual Editor of the Year

30

Magazine / Media Visual Editor of the Year

Premier Division Categories

31

Photographer of the Year

This Premier category is open to all photographers -- independent, freelance, self-employed, agency, wire service, or newspaper photographers. Newspaper photographers who cover national or international stories are encouraged to enter portfolios in this category. NOTE: Newspaper staff photographers' portfolios that consists mostly of local and/or regional stories from the organization's primary geographic market, may enter in the Newspaper Photographer of the Year category #32. However, a newspaper photographer may only submit one portfolio in one of the two categories, #31 or 32, but not both.

  • Submit a maximum of 50 photographs.
  • A portfolio should be include at least two multiple-picture stories. Stories are not limited to 12 images. Single images are not required, but encouraged.
  • Singles within the portfolio should not be repeated in a picture story in the portfolio.
  • Arrange your singles and picture stories in the order you wish them to be reviewed. Judges will view singles first, then stories.
  • 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.
  • Photographers are encouraged to enter single and picture story categories so judges are familiar with the work before portfolios are judged.
  • POY 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 files into those categories.
  • Independent, freelance, agency, and wire service photographers should enter this portfolio category, not the Newspaper portfolio category #32.
  • Newspaper photographers may submit a portfolio into either portfolio category, #31 or 32, but not both.

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Newspaper Photographer of the Year

The spirit of this category is to honor photographers working in their home community. This Premier category is only open to photographers employed as staff members for a regularly published newspaper, either in print or online. The requirement for Newspaper Photographer of the Year is that a majority of their portfolio must be local and/or regional coverage from the organization's primary geographic market. Portfolios submitted in this Newspaper Photographer of the Year category must include local and/or regional picture stories about subjects and people from the organization's primary geographic market. Portfolios also may include one national or international picture story. However, newspaper staff photographers may only submit one portfolio in one of the two categories, #31 or 32, but not both. If the newspaper photographer portfolio consists mostly of national or international stories from outside the organization's primary geographic market, then they should submit in the Photographer of the Year category #31. Part time or "stringers" may enter the "Newspaper" categories if their freelance agreement is "exclusive" to one newspaper.

  • Submit a maximum of 50 photographs.
  • A portfolio should be diverse with at least four single pictures and two multiple-picture stories. The portfolio must include picture stories of local and/or regional coverage from the organization's primary geographic market. Stories are not limited to 12 images. One international story is allowed. At least four single images are required.
  • Singles within the portfolio should not be repeated in a picture story in the portfolio.
  • Arrange your singles and picture stories in the order you wish them to be reviewed. Judges will view singles first, then stories.
  • 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.
  • Photographers should enter single and picture story categories so judges are familiar with the work before portfolios are judged.
  • POY will not separate a portfolio and enter the images in individual categories. If you wish to enter work from your portfolio into single or picture story categories, you must upload separate files into those categories.
  • Newspaper photographers may submit a portfolio into either portfolio category, #31 or 32, but not both.
  • Independent, freelance, agency, and wire service photographers are not eligible for this portfolio category, and should submit portfolios into category #31.

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Sports Photographer of the Year

This Premier category is open to everyone.

  • All photographs included in the Sports portfolio must be taken during 2018.
  • Contestants also may enter Photographer of the Year category #31 or #32, with images or stories from their Sports portfolio.
  • Submit a maximum of 30 photographs.
  • A portfolio should be diverse with single pictures and at least one multiple-picture story. Stories are not limited to 12 images.
  • Represent at least three different sports.
  • Singles within the portfolio should not be repeated in a picture story in the portfolio.
  • Arrange your singles and picture stories in the order you wish them to be reviewed. Judges will view singles first, then stories.
  • 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.
  • Photographers should enter the various Sports categories #14 - 19, so judges are familiar with the work before portfolios are judged.
  • POY 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 files into those categories.

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Multimedia Photographer of the Year

This Premier category is open to everyone.

  • Stories must have been either shot, produced, or published during 2018.
  • The multimedia portfolio must be the work of one individual photojournalist or videographer who shot the principal visual content (video and/or still photographs).
  • A portfolio may be a mix of either linear (video) stories or non-linear (user experience) online stories.
  • The various stories in the portfolio may be produced and edited by different members.
  • All members of the production and editing team will be credited and recognized in the Winners List and Winners Gallery.
  • A portfolio should represent a diversity of work from throughout the year.
  • A portfolio must include multimedia stories entered in at least two categories in the Visual Editing Division.
  • A portfolio should include at least three stories up to a maximum of five multimedia stories (as URL address links).
  • Each multimedia story or essay within the portfolio should have a short run time up to about eight minutes. Longer documentaries should be entered separately in the Documentary Journalism category, #23.
  • An extra $50 per entry for this Premier category.

35

Environmental Vision Award

This Premier category will recognize 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.
  • Entries need not have been published.
  • A majority of the photos must have been taken during 2018. Historic or establishing images shot in previous years may be included as supporting or transitional material.
  • 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 your story details as they pertain to the individual image.
  • Winning entries from previous years may not be resubmitted.
  • Singles 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 2018.

36

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. A "community" may be defined as a neighborhood, a town, a small commune, a rural agricultural area, a city subdivision, or socioeconomic region. Ineligible are projects that center only on one person and that individual's social or cultural issue. 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. 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.
  • A majority of the photos must have been taken during 2018. Historic or establishing images shot in previous years may be included as supporting or transitional material.
  • The project essay 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 your story details as they pertain to the individual image.
  • Winning entries from previous years may not be resubmitted.
  • Singles and picture stories from this category are encouraged to be entered in other categories.
  • Portions of the essay may be part of a Photographer of the Year portfolio entry if the photos were taken or published in 2018.

37

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 2018.
  • The project essay 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 your story details as they pertain to the individual image.
  • 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 2018.

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Documentary Project of the Year

This Premier category is open to teams or individuals that best utilize online multimedia components to investigate or explore social, economic, or political issues. The Documentary Project of the Year category is intended to appraise visual journalism storytelling as a special report, a series, or with multiple chapters. The project should employ the right mix of still photography, motion photography (videography), audio, and informational graphics to visually communicate the story. In addition, news value, writing, audio, as well as overall organization, design, clarity of focus, and user experience will be the guiding criteria for the judges.

  • Open to everyone - Production and editing teams; individual photographers, editors, or producers; independent journalists; photo agencies; news organizations; media companies; newspapers; magazines; NGOs or other advocacy organizations.
  • There are no length criteria.
  • Personal web portfolios, agency catalogs, or business promotions are not eligible.
  • Projects must have been either shot, produced, or published during 2018.
  • Provide a URL to the project's primary web page during registration. The judges will review the work as it appears online, so make sure the URLs are active and passwords are included.
  • An extra $50 fee is required for this Premier category, which includes up to three project submissions. If a contestant is only entering projects in this category, and not entering any other category, then only a single $50 fee is required.
  • Up to three different projects may be entered under the entry fee. Each individual project will be judged separately and counts toward the 15 total possible submissions. For example, if a contestant wishes to submit six projects, they could submit three projects for the first $50, then submit three more for another $50.

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Best Photography Book

Book entries must rely on documentary photography and have been published within the last three years (2016, 2017, or 2018). Photographs may be the work of one or more photographers.

  • The photographer and the publishing house should coordinate to avoid duplicate entries.
  • Previous entries are not eligible.
  • 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. 14. As long as the shipment is post marked on or before Jan. 14. Also it is not necessary to provide "priority" shipping. 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 on Feb. 11, 2019.
  • The trophy and cash prize will honor the photographer(s). The publishing group will be recognized with a plaque, listing the editors and photographers involved.
  • An extra $50 per entry for each book entered in this Premier category. If a contestant is only entering a single book and not entering any other category, then just a single $50 fee is required.

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Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award

This is a Premier category for POY that recognizes a publication's team of visual editors in both print and online presentations. The winning organization will host a sterling silver trophy for one year, receive a plaque, and tuition to the Missouri Photo Workshop. The spirit of this category is to recognize the very best visual editing by a team across all platforms of a single organization - from online to mobile to print publication.

This is open to all news organizations, media groups, newspapers, magazines, or specialty advocacy organizations. A portfolio entry should present no more than 10 individual stories, either in print version or online version or a converged print-and-online version of single story topic. Edit tightly.

  • Only one portfolio entry per organization.
  • A single story topic may be submitted only once.
  • All stories must be published in 2018.
  • Portfolios, business promotions, catalogs, or personal publications or websites are not eligible. Also not eligible are stories that include the funding organization as the primary subject or narrative.

A visual editing team portfolio should be a combination of both online and print publication stories. Photo 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, motion photojournalism (videography), interactive design, user experience, and multimedia storytelling.

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 digital publishing forms.

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