From Pete Muller’s winning portfolio for POYi Reportage Photographer of the Year
Pete Muller has won Photographer of the Year in the 74th annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition. He won for a portfolio that includes stories around the themes of conflict and masculinity around the world.
The surprise winner of POYi Sports Photographer of the Year is Matt Gade, a staff photographer at The Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota. Getty photographers Donald Miralle and Christian Petersen won second and third place, respectively. Gade won for a portfolio that includes dramatic moments from games between local college and amateur teams, and a story (above) about South Dakota rodeos.
In other top POYi prize categories, Casper Dalhoff of the Jyllands Posten won the Community Awareness Award for a story about the last days of a Danish orphanage. Hashem Shakeri won the World Understanding Award for “Iran, Multi Piece Identity,” a project (below) about Iran at a complex political and cultural crossroad.
National Geographic and The New York Times contributors dominated first place awards for other Reportage Division categories. George Steinmetz, a contributor to both publications, won the Environmental Vision Award for his ongoing project about industrial agriculture, which was published by The New York Times.
Corey Arnold won the Feature Picture Story award for his story about the selfie generation in the great outdoors. It ran last fall in National Geographic under the headline, “Can the Selfie Generation Unplug and Get into Parks?”
Max Aguilera-Hellweg won first place for Science & Natural History Picture Story for his project about new forensic techniques. National Geographic published the photographs in a story titled “How Science Is Putting a New Face on Crime Solving.”
Other Reportage Division winners included Daniel Berehulak, who won first place in the News Picture Story category for his shocking story about the extra-judicial slayings of drug addicts under the regime of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. The story was published by The New York Times.
Hilary Swift won the Science & Natural History first place award for a photograph of a gaze of raccoons in Central Park. The photo appeared in The New York Times. Freelancer Amber Bracken won first place for Issue Reporting Picture Story for her coverage, published by Buzzfeed, of the Standing Rock protests last fall.
In the Sports Division, first place winners included: Darren Calabrese, Sports Picture Story; Nic Bothma, Olympics Action; Alexander Koerner, Sports Action; and Steven Counts, Sports Feature.
POYi jurors are judging entries for the competition’s Visual Editing division this week.
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