Barbara Davidson Named POYi Newspaper Photographer of The Year

Feb 11, 2014
From "A Healing Bond," two sisters opened their home and hearts, agreeing to care for Arefa, an Afghan child who was sent to Los Angeles for medical care after being severely burned. The experience changed all three lives. Photograph by Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times
From "A Healing Bond," two sisters opened their home and hearts, agreeing to care for Arefa, an Afghan child who was sent to Los Angeles for medical care after being severely burned. The experience changed all three lives. Photograph by Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times

COLUMBIA, MO (February 11, 2014) – Barbara Davidson, a staff photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times, achieved premier honors as the 2013 Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the 71st annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition.

Davidson’s award-winning portfolio was chosen during the first five-day session of the three week judging period.

Davidson will be speaking at NPPA's Northern Short Course in Warwick, RI, beginning on March 13, 2014. At the NSC she will be teaching two hands-on editing workshops that require pre-registration. She will lead "The Narrative Art of Long-Form Photojournalism" for a Intermediate Group and a Beginner Group. The deadline to apply for Davidson's workshops is February 28.

In honoring Davidson’s portfolio, the POYi judges noted a strong balance of powerful aesthetic with solid journalistic content that included stunning images from her story “A Healing Bond,” about a young girl from Afghanistan coming to the United States for medical treatment. Another pictures story that the judges noted in Davidson’s portfolio was titled “LA’s Shooting Season,” which focused on the trauma team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Two additional newspaper photojournalists received portfolio honors in the Newspaper Photographer of the Year premier category. James Oatway of The Sunday Times in South Africa, and Lacy Atkins of The San Francisco Chronicle were recognized with second and third place awards.

The Newspaper Photographer of the Year award is one of two portfolio honors bestowed by POYi each year. The Freelance / Agency Photographer of the Year category will be judged on Monday, February 17.

Winning photographs in all categories judged during the first session are posted on the POYi website at www.poyi.org. Winners’ names or affiliations will become official after the conclusion of judging on February 26.

POYi is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (www.rjionline.org) at the Missouri School of Journalism.

For more information, contact POYi director Rick Shaw at 573-864-7691.