POY Latam, the largest photography contest in Latin America

Pictures of the Year International in POY Latam, which for eight years has been ranked as one of the most important competitions in the region.

POY Latam, the largest photography contest in Latin America
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Celebrating excellence in documentary and artistic photography in Ibero-America through a transparent and non-profit contest, exhibitions, workshops, and publications, is one of the pillars of Pictures of the Year International, POY Latam, which for eight years has been ranked as one of the most important competitions in the region.

The contest, created by Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega in 2011, will be held this year in Quito, Ecuador, after hosting countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and Spain.

Those interested are limited on April 28, 2019, to register and send their images, while the judges' sessions to choose the winners will take place from May 6 to 10 in the auditorium of the Muna, the reopened National Museum, and in the House of the Ecuadorian Culture, with a live broadcast.

The mission of POY Latam is to connect the visual creators of Ibero-America and build communities, which they have carried out over the past eight years through the contest, exhibitions, publications, and educational spaces, the organizers pointed out.

In 2017 POY Latam received more than 70 thousand images from 1,500 photographers from all Latin American countries and the final that was held in Barcelona was followed by more than 30 thousand people through streaming.

The contest is free and this time the Association of Ecuadorian Photographers, whose interest is to promote and promote the development of photography in Ecuador, as well as Latin American Photographers, a dissemination project that was born to promote and make work visible of emerging Latin American photographers.

The POY was created in 1944 by the journalism school of the University of Missouri-Columbia to celebrate the work of graphic journalists and editors and define global quality standards. In 2011, a chapter dedicated to Latin America, POY Latam, was created.

All entries submitted to the contest must have been made in the last 24 months, except in the category Our Look, which has no time limit. The series must contain a maximum of 10 photos.

"It is essential that the required information is entered in Picter, the platform we use to send the images," says the official website.

The contest has 19 categories: Everyday Life, News, Portrait and Sports, all four in series or individual; Young people express themselves (series), The migratory movements (series), The strength of women (series), The future of cities (series), The Our Mirada prize (series), The Carolina Hidalgo Vivar Prize for Environment ( series), The Ibero-American photographer of the year (portfolio), Multimedia - short video, medium-length video, web- and The best photography book.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, May 11, 2019, and in addition to receiving awards and prizes, will be designated Iberoamerican Photographer of the Year.

A fundamental part of POY Latam is its selection of judges and this year the committee is composed of Maya Goded (Mexico), who throughout her career has been characterized by addressing issues of female sexuality, prostitution, and gender violence; his photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Latin America, Europe, China, and Africa; has received prizes such as the Mother Jones Fund (San Francisco), Eugene Smith and J. Simon Guggenheim (New York), Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam), and the National System of Arts Creators (Mexico) on four occasions.

Coco Laso (Ecuador), photographer, researcher, university professor, and coordinator of the Photojournalism for Peace Award "Juan Antonio Serrano".

Sarah Leen (United States), director of photography at National Geographic Partners Visual Media; Musuk Nolte (Peru), whose work unfolds between documentary photography, art, and publishing, as well as Adriana Zehbrauskas (Brazil), who focuses on issues related to migration, religion, human rights and the violence that arises from the trade of the drug in Mexico, Central, and South America.

The multimedia Jury is made up of the photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Janet Jarman (United States), who since 2003 lived in Mexico addressing issues related to security, immigration, access to health, and the water challenge.

The Ecuadorian filmmaker Sebastián Cordero and the Mexican photographer Yolanda Escobar, who has focused on the world of sports, travel, and documentary.