Photojournalism comp call for entries

The world’s most prestigious photojournalism competition is now calling for entries towards its 69th annual awards program.

Picture of the year International (POYi), a program run by the Missouri School of Journalism, is now accepting submissions from photographers internationally in its search for the best documentary photography of 2011.

The program comprises 48 different categories, viewable here, focusing on areas of photojournalism, documentary photography, visual editing and journalistic multimedia.

The top nine awards, including Freelance Photographer of the year, Newspaper Photographer of the year and Sports Photographer of the year, all carry a US$1000 prize.

New to this year’s program is the Impact 2011 special category for images covering the Japan earthquake and uprisings in the Middle East; there is also a new Sports Division with its own independent judging panel.

Submissions can be made online with an entry fee of US$50 and must be uploaded before December January 12, 2012.

Images do not need to have been published nor does the photographer have to be a professional, but all images must have been either taken or published for the first time between January 1 and December 31, 2011, with no digital manipulation allowed.

Judging will commence in early February with winners announced on the 29th.