Denver Post Wins POYi's McDougall Excellence in Editing Award

COLUMBIA, MO (February 20, 2013) – The Denver Post won the “Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award” during the 70th anniversary judging of Pictures of the Year International. The judges praised The Denver Post “for its consistent editing approach and dedication to photojournalism on breaking news events and extended project photojournalism.”

The Post’s picture editing team was recognized with the premier award today in the Editing Division judging session during the three-week judging period at the Missouri School of Journalism. In selecting The Post, the judges cited the extraordinary coverage of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting, the Colorado wildfires, and a special project titled “Heroin in Denver” — a three-day series [shot by the Post's Joe Amon] on the drug epidemic in the city. The assistant managing editor for photography at the Post is Tim Rasmussen.

Also in the Picture Editing Division, in the Series or Special Section category, the Los Angeles Times won for the spectacular package "Beyond 7 Billion," which was shot by Times staff photojournalist Rick Loomis.

Previous recipients of the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award are The New York Times in 2011, the Los Angeles Times in 2010 and 2009, and National Geographic Magazine in 2008.

The premier award is named in honor of Angus McDougall, a pioneering voice for visual editing who authored “Visual Impact in Print” in 1971. McDougall was named Photographer of the Year in 1955, was the photography editor for International Harvester magazine, and then joined the Missouri School of Journalism as the photojournalism faculty chair through the 1970s.

Winning entries in all categories judged during the four session are posted on the POYi Web site at Winners’ names or affiliations will become official after the conclusion of judging on February 27.