Davidson, Dezso, Are Missouri's POYi Top Winners

Mar 9, 2006

 At the 63rd Pictures of the Year International photography contest at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Barbara Davidson of The Dallas Morning News has been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year and freelance photojournalist Tamas Dezso has been named Magazine Photographer of the Year. Roger Lemoyne of Redux was awarded First place in the World Understanding Award, and freelancer Brenda Ann Kenneally was given the Community Awareness Award.

Second place in Newspaper Photographer of the Year was NPPA memberTodd Heisler, of The Rocky Mountain News. Third place was Michael Macor of The San Francisco Chronicle. Second place Magazine Photographer of the Year was freelancer Marcus Bleasdale. Third place was freelancer Massimo Mastrorillo.

Heisler’s multimedia story “Final Salute,” the story of U.S. Marines who make death notifications to soldiers’ families and who escort home the bodies of their fallen comrades killed in battle, also won First place in the Editing Division for multimedia stories and essays.

The Times-Picayune from New Orleans, LA, won the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for Newspapers.

For Best Use of Photography in Newspapers with circulation less than 100,000 the First place winner was The Evansville Courier & Press in Evansville, IN. Second place was The Concord Monitor, and Third place was The Naples Daily News.

For Best Use of Photography in Newspapers with circulation more than 100,000 the First place winner was the Los Angeles Times. Second place was the San Jose Mercury News, and Third place was The San Francisco Chronicle.

Best Use of Photography for a Magazine was won by The New York Times Magazine. Second place was National Geographic, and Third place was Time Asia.

Best Use of Photography for a book was Brenda Ann Kenneally’s Money Power Respect: Pictures of my Neighborhood, a project that won her the NPPA-Nikon Documentary Sabbatical in 2000. Second place was Roger Lemoyne’s Details Obscurs, and Third place was Philip Jones Griffiths’ Vietnam At Peace.

The 63rd POYi awards and education program will be held at the school in Columbia on April 20 and 21. A complete list of all winners in all categories is here.

The Missouri School of Journalism is also seeking applicants for the directorship of the POYi program, and the detailed job description and application process are outlined on the POYi Web site.

This year’s judges were Nina Berman from Redux; Cathaleen Curtiss, director of photography for America Online; Michel duCille of The Washington Post; Denis Finley of The Virginian-Pilot; Kathleen Hennessy of The San Francisco Chronicle; Boyzell Hosey of The St. Petersburg Times; Eliane Laffont from Hachette Filipacchi Media; Bill Luster of The Courier-Journal; freelancer Peter Menzel; Kathy Moran from National Geographic; freelancer George Olson; and Janet Reeves of The Rocky Mountain News.