The Winners of the Pictures of the Year International Are Announced

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photo via New York Times

The winners of the 68th annual Pictures of the Year International have been announced, and they are seriously impressive. The list of awards can be found at the Missouri School of Journalism. Enjoy.

What is now Pictures of the Year International began in 1944 as the 50-Print Exhibition, sponsored by the School of Journalism “to provide an opportunity for photographers of the nation to meet in open competition.” When magazine photographers were invited to the party in 1948, the contest was renamed News Pictures of the Year. From 1957 to 2001, the contest was run jointly by the university and the National Press Photographers Association as Pictures of the Year. After the departure of the association, the contest was renamed Pictures of the Year International. This was the 68th competition.

The New York Times is featuring some of the first-place winners, which range from “on the spot” in war-torn Bangkok, to the “Global Vision Award” for a picture of a Bengal tiger in the Kaziranga National Park in India. From a first-place “Portrait” of Aung San Suu Kyi, to a first-place “Feature story” of people living near the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

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photo by Adrees Latif

Adrees Latif of Reuters won the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism for his coverage of 2010 flooding in Pakistan.