MOPA Honors Photojournalism with Pictures of the Year International

Release Date: 
March 8, 2013

(San Diego, CA) February 21, 2012 – Photojournalists show us a world most people would never get to see.  From war-torn countries to championship sports, their images convey some of the most inspiring moments as well as some of the most heartbreaking.  The Museum of Photographic Arts, through the Pictures of the Year International exhibition, celebrates the power of these images and the people who create them.

What began as an annual competition for photojournalism in 1944, POYi has now developed into an international program that empowers the world’s best documentary photographers to provide the public with a visual portrayal of society and foster an understanding of the issues facing our civilization.

With a goal of cultivating visual literacy, the Museum of Photographic Arts is a perfect location to display Pictures of the Year International.  “This exhibition reflects the best images that capture the places, people and events that shape our view of the world,” states Deborah Klochko, Executive Director of MOPA.  “These photographs are windows into other cultures and moments of time that we may not see otherwise.”

Photojournalists document the news events, social issues, and cultural trends that capture our interest and demand our attention.  The exhibition, on view May 25 - October 13, 2013, recognizes their enduring images in categories ranging from general news to sports and portraiture.  Each year, more than 48,000 images are submitted with 240 winners selected as the very best.  An international panel of prestigious visual journalists serves as judges during a three-week review at the University of Missouri.

This year MOPA will host a small awards ceremony on Saturday morning, June 1st.  Awards from a few key categories will be given out and the recipients will each give a short speech about their craft.  This special event, which will be open to the public, will provide insights into the award-winning images and the photojournalists who captured them.

Pictures of the Year International is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.  For additional information please visit

Press Opportunities: To request high-resolution images, additional information or to schedule an interview, please contact Danny Cappiello at 619.238.7559 X203 or via email

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