Associated Press has picked up two first prize awards in the Portrait and Portrait Series categories of the 70th annual POYi competition. The wire service now has 5 first prize awards after three days of POYI judging.
AP photographer Daniel Ochoa de Olza won top prize in the Portrait category for a very pirate-like image of Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla, made just before the matador’s ritual entrance to the bullring in Brihuega, Spain last April. Second prize went to freelance photographer Louie Palu. PDN has not yet been able to identify the third place winner. (POYi posts winning images, but does not announce the photographers’ names until all judging is completed at the end of February.)
AP photographer Oded Balilty won first prize in the Portrait Series category for his photographs of Palestinian stone throwers–men who use slingshots against Israeli soldiers. Balilty, who is based in Tel Aviv, was able to get the images because of his extensive knowledge of the region, and network of local contacts.
Second and third prize in the Portrait Series category went to photographer Magnus Wennman, a staff photographer at the Aftonbladet newspaper in Sweden, and Polish freelance photographer Maciek Nabrdalik, respectively.
Earlier this week, AP won top prizes in the Spot News, Campaign 2012, and Feature image categories.
All contest categories, with links to winning entries so far, are on the POYi Web site.