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Conversations with the Photographers of the Year

Pictures of the Year

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

Conversations with the Photographers of the Year

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Conversations with the
Photographers of the Year

Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri

The event is open to all, attendance is free.

Presentations from winning photographers in POY include:

Jessica Phelps, Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Jessica’s photographs depict life in a small Ohio town, from immigration to the little league championships. Her photos and stories flow from her relationships with the families in her community.

Fabio Bucciarelli, Photographer of the Year

Traveling the globe, Fabio has covered the biggest, most dramatic stories of the year like the conflict in Gaza, immigrants trying to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. What made his work stand out, noted this years’ judges, is that within these issues, Fabio also finds the tenderness of small moments.

Matt Gade, two-time Sports Photographer of the Year

Shooting for the Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota, Matt travels most of the state not to cover the NFL or Olympic games, but rodeo, prep sports and “Mutton Bustin’.”

Emily Kassie, Multimedia Photographer of the Year

Reporting for The New York Times and The Marshal Project, Emily tackles tough topics like sexual assault, immigration and sex offenses with insightful reporting to produce short documentaries that reveal that seemingly black and white issues are filled with complexities and humanity.  

Gabriel Scarlett, College Photographer of the Year

A student at Western Kentucky University, Gabriel’s images share the gentle intimacy between men and their families. His work includes stories about men building a family life after living a gang life Colorado, how one immigrant family holds on to normalcy after their father is the targeted for deportation and the life inside a small California community started by African-American farmers.


There are many events in Columbia that weekend and hotel rooms are scarce. We have reserved a blocks of rooms that are available at $99 per night.

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia

Group name: Pictures of the Year

Hotel phone: 573-814-5464


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Smith Forum, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
401 South 9th Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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Pictures of the Year

In the spring of 1944 in Columbia, Missouri, the Missouri School of Journalism sponsored its "First Annual Fifty-Print Exhibition" contest. Founded by Cliff Edom, its purpose was, "to pay tribute to those press photographers and newspapers which, despite tremendous war-time difficulties, are doing a splendid job; to provide an opportunity for photographers of the nation to meet in open competition; and to compile and preserve...a collection of the best in current, home-front press pictures."

In 1945, Edom founded the College Photographer of the Year contest. CPOY ( continues to provide valuable feedback and encouragement to thousands of young photographers, many of whom have gone on to win in POY.

In 1948, following a decision to invite magazine photographers to participate, the Fifty-Print Exhibition Contest became the News Pictures of the Year Contest. In 1957, the University of Missouri and the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) merged their respective contests. Through this partnership, "Pictures of the Year" was developed and continued until 2001 when NPPA and Missouri parted ways. Pictures of the Year became Pictures of the Year International and is now administered by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Since then POY and CPOY have grown and are internationally recognized as premiere contests that set the standard for the entire industry. As the contests grew the overall mission of POY has expanded. In 2011 Dr. Loup Langton and Dr. Pablo Corral Vega founded POY Latam ( to “celebrate excellence in documentary and artistic photography in Latin America.” Today, there are POY, CPOY and POYLatam awards' seminars, workshops, exhibits and an important archive photojournalistic work that spans more the past 75 years.


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