The world’s best photojournalism — including still photography and online visual editing — will be judged during the 73rd Pictures of the Year International competition at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI).

POY will recognize the best photojournalism, online production and visual editing created in 2015. Premier Division winners will receive cash rewards and trophies, which will be presented in ceremonies in April 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

Online registration began on Dec. 16 and entries will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2016. Judging will take place Feb. 8-25, 2016, 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 40 categories, including the year-specific category "Exodus" for coverage of the desperate migration of individuals and families from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq seeking sanctuary from political or religious persecution.
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.

POY confronts the ethical challenges facing our profession with the "Spirit of the Competition" requirement, which sets the standard for the context of images as well as digital post-production image corrections.  New this year, POY will request original RAW or JPG image files from a random selection of 20 percent of the photographs voted to final places to verify authenticity.  All photographers, editors or contest coordinators submitting entries are required to accept the "Spirit of the Competition."
POY 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 2016 on the campus of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The public is invited to the judging, which also will be streamed live via Adobe Connect.

The public exhibition of 2014 contest winners is currently on display through Jan. 25, 2016, at the Louisiana State Museum Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans.


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