Crowded competition

Winners of the MU School of Journalism’s 80th annual Pictures of the Year International competition were recently announced.

overhead photo of swimmers and surfers
Photo by Ezra Shaw.

Published on Show Me Mizzou April 27, 2023

When it was founded in 1944 by the Missouri School of Journalism, the prestigious annual competition now known as Pictures of the Year International (POYi) was guided by a mission “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.” The POYi competition features not only breaking news photos but also images that capture for posterity day-to-day life, moments that will be kept safe in MU’s archives and digitized for educational research and historical record purposes. 

POYi recently announced the winners for its 80th annual awards, which were chosen from more than 35,000 entries from around the globe. Among the winners was the above photo by Getty Images staff photographer Ezra Shaw. Taken in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, during the swim portion of the 2022 Men’s Ironman World Championship, Shaw’s image earned an Award of Excellence in the Single Image, Sports Life & Recreational Sports category. 

View the slideshow below for more winning images.

  • baseball player doing backflip by teammates
    Savannah Bananas by Kent Nishimura | Sports Life | Finalist | Savannah Banana player Malachi Mitchell flips in the air as the team cheers before the start of a banana ball game against the Kansas City Monarchs at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. The team, from Savannah, Georgia, normally plays in a collegiate summer league, but spent the summer of 2022 barnstorming the country for a series of exhibition games that showcase a radical new version of baseball.

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