Deadline for Entry Completion Extended: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11:59pm (CST \ GMT -06:00)

POYi  75 Categories

Still Photography Division Categories

01

Science & Natural History

Single photographs that increase understanding and appreciation of science or the natural world.

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.

03

General News

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

04

Impact 2017 - Natural Disaster

Single photographs depicting the effects of natural disasters on people and the environment. Examples include, but not limited to hurricane, earthquake and other large-scale events. Photographs must be taken during 2017.

05

Spot News

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

06

Feature

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.

07

Portrait

Single photographs of a person that reveal the essence of the subjects' character.

08

Portrait Series

A themed series of portraits of people that reveals the essence of the subjects' character.

09

News Picture Story*

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

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


10

Issue Reporting Picture Story*

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

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


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Feature 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. Twelve photographs maximum per story.

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


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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

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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 Feature category #16.

* NOTE: Photographs must be taken during 2017.


14

Sports Feature*

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 2017.


15

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 2017.


16

Sports Portrait

Single photographs of a person from the sporting world that reveal the essence of the subjects' character.

17

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. Twelve photographs maximum per story.

* NOTE: Sports Photographer of the Year is listed under the Premier Division.


Visual Editing Division Categories

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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. Campaign and U.S. Presidential multimedia stories should be entered in this category. 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 # 24.

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Multimedia Feature Story

A multimedia story or essay 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 feature 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 #22.

20

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 2017. The term "documentary" in this context, 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 is 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, #38.
  • 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 2017 and may include content shot in previous years.
  • Stories previously entered in the 73rd POYi competition are not eligible.
  • Submit a URL single primary link for each story. Make sure the online links are active. 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 #22 or 23.

Multimedia Photographer of the Year, and Documentary Project of the Year are listed under the Premier Division.


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Online News & Issue Story Visual Editing

An online news story or essay based on daily coverage of general news, breaking news, or an issue-related story or essay that explores an important social, economic, or political issue. Web page entries should be an online version of a single story. Updated versions of the originally posted story are acceptable.

22

Online Feature Story Visual Editing

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

23

Print Newspaper Visual Editing

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

24

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 be of one or more pages, from no more than three consecutive issues, on coverage of a single story topic.

25

Newspaper Visual Editor of the Year*

Visual Editor of the Year portfolios may be submitted only by an individual editor. A visual editing portfolio may be a combination of both online web page stories and print publication stories. Edit tightly. A portfolio entry should present no more than 10 individual stories, either in print version or online version. You may submit a converged print-and-online version of specific story, and it will count as one story. 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.

* NOTE: Team editing entires should be submitted in the "Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award" category #40.


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Magazine / Media Visual Editor of the Year*

Visual Editor of the Year portfolios may be submitted only by an individual editor. A visual editing portfolio may be a combination of both online web page stories and print publication stories. Edit tightly. A portfolio entry should present no more than 10 individual stories, either in print version or online version. You may submit a converged print-and-online version of specific story, and it will count as one story. 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.

* NOTE: Team editing entires should be submitted in the "Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award" category #40.


Premier Division Categories

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Photographer of the Year

This Premier category is open to all photographers -- independent, freelance, self-employed, agency, wire service, or newspaper photographers.
NOTE: Newspaper staff photographers' portfolios that consists mostly of local and/or regional stories from the organization's primary geographic market, should submit 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 diverse with single pictures and at least two multiple-picture stories. Stories are not limited to 12 images.

• 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.
• Independent, freelance, agency, and wire service photographers should enter this portfolio category, not the Newspaper portfolio category #34.

• Newspaper photographers may submit a portfolio into either portfolio category, #27 or 28, but not both.

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Newspaper Photographer of the Year

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 a 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 single pictures and at least two multiple-picture stories. The portfolio must include at least two picture stories of local and/or regional coverage from the organization's primary geographic market. Stories are not limited to 12 images.

• 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 2017.

• 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 #16 - 21, 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.

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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 2017.

• 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, and may be a combination of either images within web pages or individual videos.

• 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 (flexible length up to about eight minutes).

• An extra $50 per entry for this Premier category.

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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.

• Submit a maximum of 40 images.

• Entries need not have been published.

• A majority of the photos must have been taken during 2017. 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. The caption fields for each individual photo provides for 2,000 characters. You are encouraged to use the caption field to expand on your story details as they pertain to the individual image.

• All photographs must include captions.

• 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 2017.

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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. 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.

• Submit a maximum of 40 images.

• Entries need not have been published.

• A majority of the photos must have been taken during 2017. 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. The caption fields for each individual photo provides for 2,000 characters. You are encouraged to use the caption field to expand on your story details as they pertain to the individual image.

• All photographs must include captions.

• 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 2017.

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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.

• 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 2017.

• 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. The caption fields for each individual photo provides for 2,000 characters. You are encouraged to use the caption field to expand on your story details as they pertain to the individual image.

• All photographs must include captions.

• 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 2017.

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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 2017.

• 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 current.

• An extra $50 for this Premier category that includes up to three project submissions. If a contestant is only entering projects in this category, and not entering any other category, then just a single $50.

• Three projects - Up to three different projects may be entered, which count as just one "submission" in POY. Each individual project will be judged separately. There is no limit on the number of times that a team or individual may enter, but counts toward the 15 total possible submissions in POY. 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 sometime within the last three years (2015, 2016, or 2017). 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. 12. As long as the shipment is post marked on or before Jan. 12. Also it is not necessary to provide "priority" shipping. Standard shipping with any courier such as FedEx, DSL, UPS, or postal mail is sufficient.
  • 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.

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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 2017.
  • 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.