2010 Pictures of the Year International
Jun 26, 2010 - Oct 10, 2010

2010 Pictures of the Year International (POYi) presented the very best documentary photography of 2009 from winning photojournalists and visual editors in Pictures of the Year International (POYi), the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competition in the world.

These print and digital photographs reflected the important events and issues that shaped our world in 2009 — a year filled with renewed political engagement in the United States and political defiance in Iran; a year of lingering economic failures and the protracted toll of war.

Images were chosen from more than 45,000 entries submitted by photographers all over the world. Additional POYi honors recognized the year’s top journalistic photographers, as well as exceptional long-term documentary work via the World Understanding, Global Vision and Community Awareness awards.

2010 POYi was a testament to the power of photography and its impact on humanity. These images combined to create a visual representation of the challenges of modern civilization, with themes such as human conflict and interaction, our relationship with the environment, how we appraise our economic status and the range of human emotions from intense joy to sorrow.


Stories Behind the Photographs

Iris Nights Presenters

Slideshow Night Photographers

Exhibit Themes

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