Pictures of the Year

From 1943 through 1951, the University of Missouri sponsored the 50-Print Exhibition of Spot News and Feature Pictures. The National Press Photographers Association held its own contests beginning in 1948 and continuing through 1956. An NPPA co-sponsor was Encyclopaedia Britannica. In 1957, the NPPA and the University of Missouri merged their contests, an arrangement that lasted through the 2001 contest. In 2002 the NPPA and the University of Missouri conducted their own separate contests.

In 1963, TV judging was separated and moved to the University of Oklahoma. Judging later took place at Arizona State University; Fargo, N.D.; and Middle Tennessee State University.

In 1996, judging began at KARE-TV, Denver. In 2001, the judging was moved to The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla.

After 35 years, the National Press Photographers Association returned to conducting its own photography, editing and Web competition. Results of that competition can be found on the main Best of Photojournalism site.

The year listed is the one in which the award was given. All awards are for work done during the preceeding year.

Beginning with the 15th competition, the University of Missouri and National Press Photographers Association contests were merged.

2002 / 59th Annual

Brian Plonka, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James Nachtwey, VII, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Gail Fisher, Los Angeles Times, Community Awareness Award

The Hartford Courant, Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for Newspapers

2001 / 58th Annual

Scott Strazzante, The Herald News/Copley Chicago Newspapers/City 2000

Jon Lowenstein, The Beacon News/Copley Chicago Newspapers

Tara McParland, The Florida tlimes

Union, Jacksonville, 'Journey of Hope'

John Lowenstein, City 2000, Fuji Community Awareness Award, 'A Home Away from Home'

The Hartford Courant, Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for Newspapers

2000 / 57th Annual

Rob Finch, The Beacon News/Copley Chicago Newspapers, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Kari Rene Hall, freelance, Canon Photo Essayist Award, 'Henry: An Unlikely Hero'

Brenda Ann Kenneally, freelance, Fuji Community Awareness Award, 'Real Life Stories from the Hip Hop Generation'

The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for Newspapers

1999 / 56th Annual

Bill Green, The Boston Globe, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Chien-Chi Chang, Magnum Photos, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Tom Stoddart, IPG/Matrix in U.S. News && World Report, Canon Photo Essayist Award

Bradley E. Clift, The Hartford Courant, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

Daniel A. Anderson, The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif., Community Awareness Award

The Seattle Times, Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for Newspapers

1998 / 55th Annual

Nancy Andrews, The Washington Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Eugene Richards, Freelance, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Eugene Richards, Freelance/Natural History, Canon Photo Essayist Award

Jacques Lowe, Jacques Lowe Photography, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

Scott Lewis, Fox Valley Villages/60504, Community Awareness Award

The Commercial Appeal, Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for Newspapers

1997 / 54th Annual

Carol Guzy, The Washington Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Yunghi Kim, Freelance/Contact Press Images, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Brian Peterson, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Canon Photo Essayist Award

Don Doll, Greighto University, Omaha, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

Gail Fisher, Los Angeles Times, Community Awareness Award

Palm Beach Post, Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for Newspapers

 1996 / 53rd Annual

Torsten Kjellstrand, The Herald (Jasper, Ind.), Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Eugene Richards, Freelance, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Anthony Suau, Time Magazine/New York Times Magazine, Canon Photo Essayist Award

Aileen and W. Eugene Smith, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

Lauren Greenfield, Sygma

National Geographic, Community Awareness Award

The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Angus McDougall Picture Editing Award for Newspapers

 1995 / 52nd Annual

Michael Williamson, The Washington Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James Nachtwey, Time/Magnum Photos, Inc., Magazine Photographer of the Year

Gideon Mendel, Network Photographers (London), Canon Photo Essayist Award

Flip Schulke, Freelance/Life Magazine, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

Detroit Free Press, Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for Newspapers

1994 / 51st Annual

Lucian Perkins, The Washington Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Anthony Suau, Freelance/Time magazine, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Larry Towell, Magnum, Canon Photo Essayist Award

Michael Williamson, The Washington Post, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

San Jose Mercury News, Angus McDougall Award for Overall Execellence in Editing for Newspapers

 1993 / 50th Annual

Carol Guzy, The Washington Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James Nachtwey, Magnum, Magazine Photographer of the Year

James Nachtwey, Magnum, Canon Photo Essayist Award

Stephen Shames, Matrix, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

Anchorage Daily News, Angus McDougall Award for Overall Excellence in Editing for Newspapers

1992 / 49th Annual

Randy Olson, The Pittsburgh Press, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Christopher Morris, Black Star for Time, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Eugene Richards, Magnum, Canon Photo Essayist Award

Eugene Richards, Magnum, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

Sacramento Bee, Angus McDougall Award for Overall Excellence in Editing for Newspapers

1991 / 48th Annual

Paul Kuroda, Orange County Register, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James Nachtwey, Magnum, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Jane Evelyn Atwood, Contact Press Images, Canon Photo Essayist Award

Donna Ferrato, Black Star, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

Sacramento Bee, Angus McDougall Award for Overall Excellence in Editing for Newspapers

1990 / 47th Annual

Carol Guzy, The Washington Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Eugene Richards, Magnum, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Stormi Greener, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Canon Photo Essayist Award

Alon Reininger, Contact Press Images, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

1989 / 46th Annual

John Kaplan, Pittsburgh Press, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James Nachtwey, Magnum, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Eugene Richards, Magnum, Canon Photo Essayist Award

Charles Moore, Black Star, Kodak Crystal Eagle Award

1988 / 45th Annual

Bill Greene, The Boston Globe, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Anthony Suau, Black Star, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Herman LeRoy Emmet, freelance, New York, Canon Photo Essayist Award

1987 / 44th Annual

Bradley E. Clift, The Hartford Courant, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James Nachtwey, Time, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Geoffrey Biddle, freelance, New York, Canon Photo Essayist Award

1986 / 43rd Annual

Steve Ringman, San Francisco Chronicle, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Harry Benson, freelance for Life, Co-Magazine Photographer of the Year

James Stanfield, National Geographic, Co-Magazine Photographer of the Year

David C. Turnley, Detroit Free Press, Canon Photo Essayist Award

1985 / 42nd Annual

Fred Comegys, Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Steve McCurry, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Stan Grossfeld, The Boston Globe, Canon Photo Essayist Award

1984 / 41st Annual

Steve Ringman, San Francisco Chronicle, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James Nachtwey, Black Star for Time magazine, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Mary Ellen Mark, freelance for Life magazine, Canon Photo Essayist Award

1983 / 40th Annual

William Frakes, Miami Herald, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James Brandenburg, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Eli Reed, San Francisco Examiner, World Understanding Award

1982 / 39th Annual

Dan Dry, Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal and Times, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Harry Benson, Freelance, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Gordon Baer, Freelance, World Understanding Award

1981 / 38th Annual

George Wedding, San Jose Mercury News, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James Brandenburg, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Bryce Flynn, Providence (R.I.) Journal-Bulletin, World Understanding Award

1980 / 37th Annual

Bill Wax, Gainesville Sun, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

David Burnett, Contact Press Images for Time magazine, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Ethan Hoffman, Freelance, World Understanding Award

1979 / 36th Annual

Chris Johns, Topeka Capital-Journal, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James Sugar, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

George Wedding, Palm Beach Post, World Understanding Award

1978 / 35th Annual

Michael Wirtz, Suburban Tribune, Hinsdale, Ill., Newspaper Photographer of the Year

David Harvey, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Dean Conger, World Understanding Award

1977 / 34th Annual

Bruce Bisping, Minneapolis Tribune, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Bob Madden, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Dan and Mark Jury, World Understanding Award

1976 / 33rd Annual

Brian Lanker, Eugene Register-Guard, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Steve Raymer, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Ken Heyman, World Understanding Award

1975 / 32nd Annual

Pat Crowe, Wilmington, Del., News-Journal, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Eddie Adams, Time, Magazine Photographer of the Year

W. Eugene and Aileen Smith, World Understanding Award

1974 / 31st Annual

Ron Smith, Bloomington, Ind., Courier

Tribune, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Bruce Dale, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1973 / 30th Annual

Kurt E. Smith, Lorain, Ohio, Journal, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Co Rentmeester, Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1972 / 29th Annual

Robert Madden, National Geographic, Photographer of the Year

(Newspaper and magazine portfolios competed in one contest.)

1971 / 28th Annual

Brian Lanker, Topeka Capital-Journal, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James L. Amos, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1970 / 27th Annual

Gary Settle, New York Times, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

James L. Amos, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1969 / 26th Annual

Perry Riddle, Chicago Daily News, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Wilbur E. Garrett, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1968 / 25th Annual

Gary Settle, Chicago Daily News, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Bruce Dale, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1967 / 24th Annual

Tom Colburn, Houston Chronicle, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Larry Burrows, Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1966 / 23rd Annual

Bill Strode, Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal and Times, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

John Dominis, Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1965 / 22nd Annual

Ted Rozumalski, Houston Chronicle, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

George Silk, Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1964 / 21st Annual

Ted Rozumalski, Houston Chronicle, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

George Silk, Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1963 / 20th Annual

Lowell Georgia, Denver Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

George Silk, Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1962 / 19th Annual

George Honeycutt, Charlotte, N.C., News, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Dean Conger, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1961 / 18th Annual

Don Sturkey, Charlotte, N.C., Observer, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

George Silk, Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Arthur Uhlman, Milwaukee Journal, Special Recogntion, Sunday Magazine Photographer

1960 / 17th Annual

Albert Moldvay, Denver Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Burt Glinn, Magnum, Magazine Photographer of the Year

Gordon Converse, Christian Science Monitor, Special Recognition, Newspaper Magazine Photographer

1959 / 16th Annual

Dean Conger, Denver Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1958 / 15th Annual

Earl Seubert, Minneapolis Tribune, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Lisa Larsen, Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

NOTE: From 1953 to 1957, the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Missouri held separate competitions

1957 / 14th Annual

University of Missouri

Albert Moldvay,Denver Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

John Sadovy,London, Freelance, Magazine Photographer of the Year

National Press Photographers Association

George Smallsreed Jr.,Columbus Dispatch, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Howard Sochurek, Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1956 / 13th Annual

University of Missouri

Dean Conger,Denver Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Leonard McCombe,Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

National Press Photographers Association

Grey Villet,Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

No award was made in the newspaper competition.

1955 / 12th Annual

University of Missouri

Dean Conger,Denver Post, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Angus McDougall,Milwaukee Journal, Magazine Photographer of the Year

National Press Photographers Association

Earl Seubert,Minneapolis Tribune, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Leonard McCombe,Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1954 / 11th Annual

University of Missouri

Thomas Abercrombie,Milwaukee Journal, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Michael Rougier,Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

National Press Photographers Association

Thomas Abercrombie,Milwaukee Journal, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Michael Rougier,Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1953 / 10th Annual

University of Missouri

Earl Seubert,Minneapolis Tribune, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Lisa Larsen,Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

National Press Photographers Association

Hans Marx,Baltimore Sunpapers, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Yale Joel,Life, Magazine Photographer of the Year

1952

Charles L. Scott,Binghamton, N.Y., Press, Grand Prize Winner

1951

BEST OF SHOW

Art Abfier,New York Mirror

Roger Williams,Providence, R.I., Journal

Joseph Costa,New York Sunday Mirror

1950

Billy McMillan,Kosciusko, Miss., Star

Herald,Best Picture of the Year (1949-50)

1949

Russell Reed,Oakland, Calif., Tribune, Best Picture of the Year (1948-49)

1948

Murray Becker,Associated Press, New York, Best Picture of My Life

 

1952 / 9th Annual

Mark Kauffman,Life, Photographer of the Year

1951 / 8th Annual

Alfred Eisenstaedt,Life, Photographer of the Year

1950 / 7th Annual

Leonard McCombe,Life, Photographer of the Year (Missouri)

1949 / 6th Annual

Barney Cowherd,Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal, News Photographer of the Year

1948 / 5th Annual

Johnny Thompson,Acme Newspictures, News

Tom Johnson,Chicago Tribune, Feature

Chester Gabrysiak,Chicago Tribune, Sports

1947 / 4th Annual

Frank Cancellare, Acme Newspictures, Inc., News

Eileen Darby, Graphic House, New York, Feature

1946 / 3rd Annual

Charles P. Gorry, Associated Press, News

Marion Carpenter, International News Photos, Feature

1945 / 2nd Annual

Carmen Reporto,Chicago Sun, News

Ferdie Olm, Los Angeles Examiner, Feature

1944 / 1st Annual

William Pauer, Chicago Daily News, News

David Man, Chicago Sun, Feature

2002

Less than 100M: Anchorage Daily News

Over 100,000: The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

2001

Under 25M: The Herald, Jasper, Ind.

25-150,000: The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Over 150,000: The Seattle Times

2000

Under 25M: Gurney (Ill) Sun / Sun Pub.,/ Copley Newspapers

25-150,000: Naples (Fla.) Daily News

Over 150,000: The Providence (R.I.) Journal

25-150,000: Naples (Fla.) Daily News

1999

Under 25M: Homer Sun / Sun Publications / Copley Newspapers

25-150,000: The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Over 150,000: San Diego Union-Tribune

1998

Under 25,000: Fox Valley Villages/60504, Copley Chicago

25-150,000: Albuquerque Tribune

Over 150,000: The Commercial Appeal, Memphis

1997

Under 25,000: News-Review, Roseburg, Ore.

25-150,000: Spokesman-Review

Over 150,000:Palm Beach Post

1996

Under 25,000: The Reporter, Vacaville, Calif.

25-150,000: Naples (Fla.) Daily News

Over 150,000: The Virginian-Pilot

1995

Under 25,000: Journal Tribune, Biddeford, Maine

25-150,000: Spokesman-Review

Over 150,000: The Orange County Register

1994

Under 25,000: Concord (N.H.) Monitor

25-150,000: The Phoenix (Ariz.) Gazette

Over 150,000: San Jose Mercury News

1993

Under 25,000: Journal Tribune, Biddeford, Maine

25-150,000: Anchorage Daily News

Over 150,000: Palm Beach (Fla.) Post

1992

Under 25,000: Journal-Tribune, Biddeford, Maine

25-150,000: Albuquerque Tribune

Over 150,000: San Jose Mercury News

Zone award discontinued

1991

Under 25,000: Journal-Tribune, Biddeford, Maine

25-150,000: Spokesman-Review/Spokane Chronicle

Over 150,000: Hartford Courant

Zoned Edition: Virginia Pilot/Ledger Star

1990

Under 25,000: Journal Tribune, Biddeford, Maine

25-150,000: Albuquerque Tribune

Over 150,000: Virginian-Pilot/Ledger Star

Zoned Edition: Orange County Register

1989

Under 25,000: Journal Tribune, Biddeford, Maine

25-150,000: Gazette-Telegraph, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Over 150,000: Boston Globe

Zoned Edition: Orange County Register Community News

1988

Under 25,000: Journal Tribune, Biddeford, Maine

25-150,000: Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.

Over 150,000: Seattle Times

Zoned Edition: Neighbors, Philadelphia Inquirer

1987

Under 25,000: Neighborhoods (Courier-Journal)

25-50,000: The Providence Journal

Over 50,000: Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif.

1986

Under 30,000: Claremont (Calif.) Courier

Over 30,000: St. Petersburg Times

1985

Under 30,000: Journal Tribune, Biddeford, Maine

Over 30,000: Orange County (Calif.) Register

1984

Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News

1983

Seattle Times

1982

Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.

1981

Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla.

1980

Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune

1979

Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune

1978

Claremont (Calif.) Courier

1977

Claremont (Calif.) Courier

1976

No award

1975

Chicago Tribune

1974

Post and Evening Times, West Palm Beach, Fla.

1973

Chicago Tribune

1972

Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.

1971

The Paper, Oskosh, Wis.

1970

The Herald, Arlington Hts., Ill.

1969

Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque, Iowa

1968

Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.

1967

Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.

1966

Miami (Fla.) News

1965

Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.

1964

Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.

1963

Milwaukee Journal

2002

New York Times Magazine

 2001

National Geographic

 2000

Aperture

 1999

U.S. News & World Report

 1998

National Geographic

 1997

National Geographic

 1996

Life

 1995

National Geographic

 1994

National Geographic

 1993

National Geographic

 1992

National Geographic

 1991

National Geographic

 1990

National Geographic

 1989

Life

 1988

American Photographer

 1987

National Geographic

 1986

Life

 1985

Life

 1984

International Wildlife

 1983

National Geographic

 1982

Geo

 1981

Geo

 1980

Geo

 1979

American Photographer

 1978

National Geographic

 1977

National Geographic

 1976

National Geographic

 1975

Time

 1974

Courier-Journal & Times

 1973

National Geographic

 1972

National Geographic

 1971

No contest

 1970

No contest

 1969

Look

 1968

Life

 1967

Life

 1966

National Geographic

 1965

Look

 1964

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