Pictures of the Year International is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world. Each year, magazine, newspaper, and freelance photographers around the globe document news events, political trends, and social issues that capture our interest and demand our attention. A panel of prestigious visual journalists serves as judges during a three-week review at the Missouri School of Journalism, presenting 268 awards for photography, photo editing and multimedia. This exhibition serves as a historical mirror on our society that goes beyond journalistic representation and pays tribute to all working photojournalists worldwide.
On Sunday, December 13, POY Director Rick Shaw will lead a gallery talk and walk-through of the exhibition, which features a selection of winning images from the 72nd annual competition. The event is free and open to the public.
Image: John Moore/ Getty Images – “Liberia Ebola”
Rick Shaw is director of Pictures of the Year International (POY).
POY’s primary mission is to promote the work of photojournalists and foster professional development as a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Shaw oversees the program’s 72-year competition, coordinates worldwide exhibitions, cultivates the POYi Archive, and has launched new initiatives including POY Latin America.
He has been recognized with several design and picture editing awards, including “Picture Editor of the Year” in POY and NPPA competitions. In 1991, Shaw was part of the editing team for The Sacramento Bee that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for the series, “The Sierra in Peril.” Shaw joined the University of Missouri in 2004 as an assistant professor in the photojournalism sequence, teaching visual editing and management and serving as the director of photography for The Missourian, the student-produced daily city newspaper.
In 2006, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute named Shaw director of Pictures of the Year International. He continues as an adjunct faculty member at the Missouri School of Journalism, teaching visual editing, multimedia, and photojournalism. Shaw holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism, specializing in online visual journalism.