Protesting the election of Donald Trump in Los Angeles. ©Los Angeles Times/Marcus Yam
Los Angeles Times photographer Marcus Yam has won 2016 Newspaper Photographer of the Year honors at the 74th Pictures of the Year International competition. Yam won for a portfolio that included images from stories about the 2016 wildfires in California, the emotional turn of expectant Hillary Clinton supporters on election night, and tense demonstrations in Los Angeles in the days following the election.
The first place award for Spot News went to AP photographer Burhan Ozbilici for his dramatic photograph of a gunman shouting after assassinating Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey. The photograph went viral after the incident, which took place in an Ankara art gallery December 19. Ozbilici has also won World Press Photo of the Year honors for the photograph.
Winners in other POYi News Division categories that were judged last week included Victor J. Blue. He won the Portrait Series first place award for “The End of Solitary,” a series of portraits of Rikers Island inmates that he shot for The New York Times.
POYi will not announce the names of winners officially until judging is completed for all divisions. But winning entries for each category are posted on the POYi website on a rolling basis during the judging, which began February 6 and ends February 23.
Judging for the POYi Reportage Division begins this week.
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The HIPA foundation has announced that Arash Yaghmaian has won the $120,000 Grand Prize in the sixth annual Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA). A visual artist who focuses on socio-political and cultural issues, Yaghmaian was born in Iran and now lives in New York City. His winning image, Landfill Ballerina, was made in Guwahati, India,... More ›
Belgian photographer Kevin Faingnaert has won the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award for his project, “Føroyar,” a series about life on remote and sparsely populated villages on the Faroe Islands (an archipelago located between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean). The prize includes more than $3,100 US to complete the project. Faingnaert will also receive over... More ›