Photographer Paolo Marchetti has won Reportage Photographer of the Year in the 73rd annual Picture of the Year International competition. His portfolio, selected as the winner over the weekend, includes stories about exploited and abused children around the world, and the industrial harvesting of animal hides for the fashion business. The latter project, called “The Price of Vanity,” also won first prize in the Science & Natural History Picture Story category.
Other POYI winners so far include Newspaper Photographer of the Year Carolyn van Houten of the San Antonio Express-News. Her portfolio includes stories about the oil bust in south Texas and the aftermath of the May 2015 floods in Blanco, Texas.
Al Bello of Getty Images won Sports Photographer of the Year honors for a portfolio that shows Bello’s eye for decisive moments, as well as dramatic action, light, and camera angles.
Francine Orr of the Los Angeles Times won top prize for Issue Reporting Story in the newspaper category for her story about families living on the social and economic margins in a down-and-out motel.
Végh László of Magyar Nemzet, a Hungarian daily, won first prize for Feature Picture Story in the newspaper category for a project titled “Subcarpathia in the shadow of the Russian-Ukranian War.”
Photographer Hossein Fatemi won POYi’s World Understanding award for his portfolio titled “An Iranian Journey,” about the hidden complexity and modernity of Iranian society.
Brent Stirton, recent winner of National Geographic Photographer’s Award, has won POYi’s Environmental Vision award for his project about the ivory wars in central Africa.
Iranian photographer Sadegh Souri won first place in the Issue Reporting Story category for her project about young Iranian women on death row, called “Waiting for Capital Punishment”
POYi contest judging began February 8 and continues through February 26. Winners have been selected in more than two dozens newspapers, sports and reportage categories so far, but POYi has a tradition of withholding the names of winners until all judging is competed. This week, judges will select winners for the competition’s editing categories, which include Documentary Project of the Year and Multimedia Photographer of the Year.