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The world’s best photojournalism — including still photography, e-books and documentaries — will be judged during the 72nd Pictures of the Year International competition at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI). Entries will be accepted through Jan. 15.

POYi will recognize the best photojournalism, online production and visual editing created in 2014. Premier Division winners will receive cash rewards and trophies, which will be presented in ceremonies in April in Columbia, Missouri.

Judging will take place Feb. 2-25, 2015, in Columbia, Missouri. The contest is open to all photographers — professionals, semi-professionals, freelancers and student photographers — and publication is not required.

The Call for Entries provides complete details on guidelines in 44 categories, including these year-specific categories: Human Conflict (Israeli-Gaza conflict), World Health (Ebola virus outbreak) and Winter Olympics 2014.

Premier Division categories include Photographer of the Year, Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Sports Photographer of the Year, Multimedia Photographer of the Year, Environmental Vision Award, Community Awareness Award, World Understanding Award, Best Photography Book and Documentary Project of the Year.

New this year is the Visual Editing Division, which includes two category groups: Motion Photojournalism Editing and Production and Visual Journalism Editing and Presentation.

POYi is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world. The competition serves as a professional development, motivational and educational tool for all visual journalists.

The competition is a program of RJI, which will host the judging in February on the campus of the Missouri School of Journalism. The public is invited to the judging, which also will be streamed live via Adobe Connect.

Winning entries will be announced on Feb. 25.

The public exhibition of 2014 contest winners is currently on display through Feb. 28 at the Louisiana State Museum Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans. Photos from the 2014 contest also can be viewed online.


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