The second exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography honored the work of winning photojournalists and visual editors from Pictures of the Year International (POYi) 2009, the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competition in the world. The exhibit showcased the alignment of POYi goals and the mission of Annenberg Space for Photography to inform and inspire the public by connecting photographers, social consciousness, and the human experience through powerful imagery and stories.
The exhibited print and digital photographs told the tale of 2008, a year rife with war and financial ruin and relieved by unprecedented political and athletic triumphs. The images were chosen from more than 45,000 entries submitted by photographers from dozens of countries. Additional POYi prizes recognized the year’s top newspaper and magazine photographers, as well as exceptional long-term documentary work via the World Understanding, Global Vision and Community Awareness awards.
The resulting collection was testimony to the prowess of 2008’s photojournalists and the complexity of the global age. As a whole, the images combined to create a visual representation of recent events while revealing the conflicted ethos of our modern civilization with themes ranging from degradation to personal achievement, community to isolation and human creation to the inexplicable wonders of nature.