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.

Photographer Olmo Calvo won first place for General News for a photograph (right) of a mother and son walking around the makeshift refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece.

Alessio Romenzi won the first place award for Impact 2016—Islamic State Conflict. His winning image shows a captured Islamic State fighter surrounded by troops in Sirte, Libya.

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.

Related:
Nadav Kander, Damon Winter Among POYi Winners So Far


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