Jonathan Thompson, senior manager of media relations
Rick Shaw, POYi
NEWSEUM TO EXHIBIT "PICTURES OF THE YEAR" PHOTOGRAPHY WINNERS BEGINNING APRIL 2014
Winners of the World's Oldest Photojournalism Competition Go on Display in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON — On April 25, 2014, the Newseum will open "Pictures of the Year," an exhibit that showcases dramatic, award-winning images of the people, events and issues that shaped the world in 2013. The display will spotlight the best news images from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), the oldest photojournalism contest in the world. Some of the top awards honor the Newspaper Photographer of the Year and Freelance/Agency Photographer of the Year, as well as photographs that contribute to community awareness, global vision and world understanding.
The exhibit is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Newseum and POYi, which began in 2011 when the Newseum exhibited the 2010 winners. The display enhances the Newseum's reputation as one of the world's premier institutions for the exhibition of award-winning news and feature photography. "Pictures of the Year" joins a long list of world-class Newseum photo exhibits, including "Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe," which features rarely displayed images of John F. Kennedy, and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, the largest collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs in the world.
Online registration for the Pictures of the Year contest began Dec. 16, and POYi will accept submissions through Jan. 16, 2014, for all 45 categories, including photojournalism, documentary projects, online multimedia and visual editing. The contest is open to professional photographers, semi-professionals, freelancers and student photographers. Entries will be judged in February at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Mo.
"Pictures of the Year International is deeply honored to collaborate with the Newseum, the representative landmark for a free and open press," said POYi director Rick Shaw. "We treasure this opportunity to work with the Newseum to celebrate the impact of documentary photography and highlight the work of the world's best photojournalists."
The mission of Pictures of the Year International is to extend the reach of photojournalists through educational public exhibitions and to engage citizens worldwide with great documentary photography. POYi is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Through exhibitions and workshops, POYi serves those photojournalists who chronicle the news events, political trends and social issues facing our world. Now in its 71st year, POYi continues to recognize and promote excellence in photojournalism.
In addition to the exhibit, the Newseum will host special events and Inside Media programs featuring the winning photographers and their work. "Pictures of the Year" will be on display at the Newseum through Sept. 1, 2014.
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About the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute works with citizens, journalists and researchers to strengthen democracy through better journalism. RJI seeks out the most exciting new ideas, tests them with real-world experiments, uses social science research to assess their effectiveness and delivers solutions that citizens and journalists can put to use in their own communities.