Saturday, 1 March 2008

PoYi 65

Pictures of the Year International, the program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, has announced the 65th Magazine Photographer of the Year and displays the three winning portfolios. It has also posted the winning images for all categories as the judging continues. However, POYi is withholding the names associated with individual categories until the conclusion on March 7 (this is the reason for not having the above photograph properly credited).

My favorite photograph won an Award of Excellence in the Spot News category, and is of Iraqi man cradling his mother after she collapsed following the interrogation and near detainment of her son by US Army soldiers from the 5-20 Infantry Division during the launch of Operation Arrowhead Strike 6 in the Shaab neighborhood of northern Baghdad, February 06, 2006.

I am willing to wager that this photograph was (or will be) published in many Middle Eastern newspapers and blogs, and certain that it will contribute to the anger against the US occupation. I'm surprised that the US military hasn't censored it.

The photographs can be seen at POYi