Anderson, Hicks, Byer, Byun Win Top POYi Honors

COLUMBIA, MO–Christopher Anderson of Magnum Photos has been picked as Magazine Photographer of the Year, and Tyler Hicks of The New York Times has been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year, in the 64th annual Pictures of the Year International contest at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism in Columbia.

Anderson’s POYi win came only days after he was named as a recipient of a Getty Images Editorial Grant for $20,000 to support his ongoing project titled "The Bolivarian Revolution – Venezuela and Bolivia at a Crossroads,” a work that focuses on the new socialist revolution in Latin America and the changes fueled by oil, leftist nationalism, authoritarian populism and indigenous identity. His winning POYi portfolio includes photographs from conflict in Lebanon, Gaza, and Venezuela.

Runners-up in the Magazine Photographer of the Year category were Farah Nosh of Getty Images in second place, and Espen Rasmussen of Verdens Gang in third place.

The portfolio that won Hicks the Newspaper Photographer of the Year title included his work on wounded veterans, conflict in Afghanistan, Israel, and Lebanon, and an essay on Camden, New Jersey, one of America’s poorest and most dangerous cities that has failed to be rescued by legislation that gave the community $175 million to address its problems.

Runners-up in the Newspaper Photographer of the Year category were David Guttenfelder of The Associated Press in second place, and Rick Loomis of the Los Angeles Times in third place. Awards of Excellence were given to Paula Bronstein of Getty Images and Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times.

The controversial photograph of a public execution in the West Bank from August 2006 won first place in Spot News for photographer Mohammed Ballas of The Associated Press. The incident happened at a demonstration in Palestine on a Sunday morning when Palestinian gunmen identifying themselves as members of an Islamic Jihad shot Bassem Malah, 22, in a public square in front of hundreds of protesters. The gunmen accused Malah of giving information to Israeli authorities that led to an attack on Islamic Jihad members. The picture shows two gunmen blasting away at the falling body of Malah against a gravel pile against a wall at a construction site.

Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times won second place in Spot News, and Abbas Momani of Agence France-Presse won third place. Awards of Excellence were given to Jaafar Ashtiyeh of Agence France-Presse; Joginder Dogra of The Associated Press; Brian Hill of The Daily Herald; freelancer Joao Silva; Sergei Supinsky of Agence France-Presse; and Pedro Ugarte of Agence France-Presse.

Renee C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee won first place in the new World Understanding Award competition for her year-long essay, “A Mother’s Journey,” the story of single mother Cyndie French and her son, Derek Madsen, 11, as he faced neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer. Judges also gave Francesco Zizola an Award of Excellence in this category for “Faultline: The Nuba in Sudan.”

Donald Miralle, Jr., of Getty Images won first place in the Sports Portfolio category, followed by Jay Janner of the Austin American-Statesman in second place and Jeff Gross of Getty Images in third place. Awards of Excellence were given to Steve Christo, The Sydney Morning Herald; Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images; and Craig Golding, the Sydney Morning Herald.

Yoon S. Byun of Ohio University won first place in the Community Awareness Award for an essay, “The Fagans,” the story of an independent and self-sufficient farm family that began two decades ago as homesteaders. Freelancer Jon Lowenstein received a judges’ special recognition in the same category for his essay, “The Pocket.”

A full list of winners in all categories is online here.

This year’s competition was moderated by POYi director Rick Shaw and was judged by Carol Guzy of The Washington Post; Genaro Molina of the Los Angeles Times; Patty Reksten of The Oregonian; and Peter Schwepker of Northern Arizona University.

The Magazine and World Understanding divisions were moderated by Loup Langton of the University of Miami and judged by Kim Hubbard of Audubon magazine; freelance photojournalist Ed Kashi; freelance photojournalist Paula Lerner; and JP Pappis of Polaris Images.

The Multimedia divisions were moderated by Shaw and judged by freelance photojournalist Molly Bingham; freelance filmmaker Steve Connor; and Larry Dailey of the University of Nevada-Reno.

The Editing divisions were moderated by Shaw and Daily and judged by Carol Nakagawa of Pacific Northwest Magazine (The Seattle Times); Doug Parker of The Times-Picayune; and Sharon Rosenhause of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.