Pictures of the Year International – POY

Pictures of the Year International - POY

Opening: December 14, 2019
Deadline: January 19, 2020
Entry fee: $50
Prizes: $1,000, Tiffany crystal trophy, certificates

POY is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program and competition in the world. Each year, POY recognizes excellence in photojournalism, multimedia, and visual editing. It is committed to engaging citizens worldwide with great documentary work by hosting educational programs and public exhibitions. POY believes it is critical for people to experience your coverage of news events and social issues facing our world. When you enter Pictures of the Year, your work is recognized worldwide and becomes part of our collective visual history.

Photographs entered must have been taken or published for the first time, either in print or online, between Jan. 1, and Dec. 31, 2019.

POY accepts two photographic modes: color and black and white.


  1. Science and Natural History
  2. Science and Natural History Picture Story
  3. General News
  4. Impact 2019 – Immigration Status
  5. Spot News
  6. Daily Life
  7. Portrait
  8. Portrait Series
  9. National/International News Picture Story
  10. Issue Reporting Picture Story
  11. Daily Life Picture Story
  12. Local News Picture Story, formerly called Newspaper Local Picture Story
  13. Sports Action
  14. Sports Life
  15. Recreational Sports
  16. Sports Picture Story
  17. Sports Portrait
  18. Documentary News Reporting, formerly called Multimedia News & Issue Reporting Story
  19. Documentary Daily Life, formerly called Multimedia Feature Story
  20. Documentary Journalism
  21. Online Storytelling: News Reporting
  22. Online Storytelling: Daily Life
  23. Online Storytelling Project of the Year
  24. Newspaper Picture Editing
  25. Magazine Picture Editing
  26. Visual Editor of the Year
  27. Photographer of the Year, International
  28. Photographer of the Year, Local
  29. Sports Photographer of the Year
  30. Documentary Storyteller of the Year, formerly called Multimedia Photographer of the Year
  31. Environmental Vision Award
  32. Community Awareness Award
  33. World Understanding Award
  34. Photography Book of the Year
  35. Angus McDougall Excellence in Editing Award


  • On Dec. 14, 2019, POY opens for online registration and entry
  • Deadline is Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, 11:59 p.m., U.S. Central Standard Time. (5:59 a.m. GMT)

Entry Fee

Enter payment of $50 (U.S. dollars) for each registration: photographer, editor or team.

Two premier categories require an additional $50 payment. Please note, if a contestant is only entering one of the following categories, then only a single $50 payment is required.

  • Documentary Project of the Year
  • Photography Book of the Year




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