Welcome to Pictures of the Year Asia

Show truth with a camera
POY Asia 2022 Exhibition

2022. 7. 13(Wed) – 9. 3(Sat)
MAF, 5F, T&S Bldg.
33, Seoae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul,
Korea 04623
Wed – Sat 13:00 – 18:00
T. +82 2 3444 7178
Hosted by LAMPLAB
Organized by MAF, POY Asia
Official Program by POY International,
University of Missouri-RJI
Sponsored by HP Korea
Exhibitions

POY Asia inaugural exhibition opens in Seoul

POY Asia is proud to announce that the first-ever POY Asia exhibition has opened at the Mindful Art Forum(MAF), a private gallery in Seoul, South Korea. The exhibition will run from July 13 to September 3, 2022.

The exhibition is a result of the hard work by Suejin Shin, a POY Asia judge in 2021 and the Director of LAMPLAB, who was suitably impressed with the works she saw and our direction after judging the inaugural competition to start exploring this possibility last year.

Founded in 1944 by University of Missouri Professor Cliff Edom, POY’s initial exhibit was entitled “The First Annual Fifty-Print Exhibition of New and Feature Pictures”.

In honor of Edom’s first exhibit, the inaugural POY Asia exhibition features 50 award-winning images from the POY Asia 2022 competition.

As part of the opening, a forum titled “The truth revealed by photojournalism and documentary photography in our era” was held at the gallery on July 12, 2022.

Competitions

Pictures of the Year Asia 2022 Results

We are pleased to announce the results of Pictures of the Year Asia 2022 competition which was judged 8 — 10 April 2022.

Modelled after the prestigious Pictures of the Year International (POYi), POY Asia was created in 2020 by and for photographers from Asia. POY Asia is an official program of POYi.

Inspired by POYi’s guiding principle of “Show truth with a camera,” POY Asia is committed to seeing the world from an Asian perspective.

The 10 judges awarded the 2022 Photographer of the Year, Asia to Roman Pilipey, a China-based Ukrainian photojournalist with EPA.

In addition, the judges also recognized 29 Finalists, 31 Awards of Excellence in 10 categories.

The winners this year came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Hong Kong, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Palestine, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA.

11 winners won in more than one category, and 11 of the overall winners are won by women/non-binary photographers.

40 awards are won by independent photographers.

First Place

Ulet Ifansasti
Independent
Indonesia

Finalist

Garry Lotulung
Independent
Indonesia

Finalist

Anindito Mukherjee
Independent
India

Finalist

Meysam Maleki Qazvini
Independent
Iran

Finalist

Anupam Nath
AP
India

Award of Excellence

Karma Bhutia
Zuma Press
India

Award of Excellence

Shin Wei Chang
Central News Agency
Taiwan

Award of Excellence

Firdaus Latif
Malay Mail
Malaysia

First Place

Ali Khara
Independent
Iran/Afghanistan

Finalist

Myay Ni Gone
Sacca Photo
Myanmar

Finalist

Erdem Sahin
EPA
Turkey

Finalist

Ohad Zwigenberg
Haaretz
Israel

Award of Excellence

Mustafa Hassona
Anadolu Agency
Palestine

Award of Excellence

Lauren DeCicca
Independent
USA/Thailand

Award of Excellence

Dar Yasin
AP
India

First Place

Marcus Yam
Los Angeles Times
USA

Finalist

Jai Thakur
Independent
India

Finalist

Majid Saeedi
Independent
Iran

Finalist

Santanu Dey
Independent
India

Finalist

Sergei Stroitelev
Independent
Russia

Award of Excellence

Watsamon Tri-yasakda
Women Photograph
Thailand

Award of Excellence

Aytaç Ünal
Anadolu Agency
Turkey

First Place

Amin Nazari
Independent
Iran

Finalist

Jianxing Zhu
Xijiang Daily
China

Finalist

Agoes Rudianto
Independent
Indonesia

Award of Excellence

Erdem Sahin
EPA
Turkey

Award of Excellence

Sebnem Coskun
Anadolu Agency
Turkey

Award of Excellence

Ezra Acayan
New York Times
Philippines

First Place

Ata Ranjbar Zeydanloo
Independent
Iran

Finalist

Qiang Li
Yihe Images
China

Finalist

Ebrahim Alipoor
Independent
Iran

Award of Excellence

Nikolay Losev
Independent
Russia

Award of Excellence

Ebrahim Alipoor
Independent
Iran

Award of Excellence

Yam G Jun
Independent
Malaysia/Kyrgyzstan

First Place

A Failed Response

Ezra Acayan
Getty Images
Philippines

Finalist

Myanmar’s Covid Crisis

Ta Mwe
Sacca Photo
Myanmar

Finalist

Nomad Vaccination

Dar Yasin
AP
India

Award of Excellence

Gasping for Air

Anindito Mukherjee
Independent
India

Award of Excellence

The New Name of Death

Farshid Tighehsaz
VII Photo
Iran

Award of Excellence

Indonesia Battles Second Wave of Covid-19

Garry Lotulung
Independent
Indonesia

Award of Excellence

Life of Volunteer

Kyaw Zay Yar Lin
Independent
Myanmar

First Place

Somewhat Lost

Richa Chandru Bhavanam
Independent
India

Finalist

Terminal

Peng Yi Hang
Independent
Taiwan

Finalist

I am lost, look, and find me!

Karim Mottaghi
Mamaat Art Collective
Iran

Award of Excellence

Away From Others

Ali Hamed Haghdoust
Independent
Iran

Award of Excellence

Parallel

Jing Peng
Independent
China

First Place

TikTok in Kham

Xiangyu Long
Independent
China

Finalist

The Garden’s Crossroads

Pang Hai
Independent
China

Finalist

Riders of Freedom

Artem Puchkov
Independent
Russia

Finalist

China’s crackdown on Hong Kong

Louise Delmotte
Independent
France/Hong Kong

Finalist

Deportation

Anastasia Shubina
Independent
Russia

Award of Excellence

Myanmar’s Uprising

Ta Mwe
Sacca Photo
Myanmar

Award of Excellence

Self-Immolation among the Kurdish Women

Shaghayegh Moradiannejad
Independent
Iran/Canada

Award of Excellence

Land of Continuous Conflict

Majid Saeedi
Independent
Iran

First Place

Tompo

Alexey Vasilyev
Independent
Russia

Finalist

Mutahallims

Madina Gadjieva
Independent
Russia

Award of Excellence

Fairy Tales End

Elena Kalyuzhnaya
Independent
Russia

Award of Excellence

Dark Site

Mikhail Lebedev
Independent
Russia

Award of Excellence

We Live To Fight

Zobayer Joati
Independent
Bangladesh

Award of Excellence

Theologians

Sergey Pronin
Independent
Russia

Winner

Roman Pilipey
EPA
Ukraine/China

Finalist

Marcus Yam
Los Angeles Times
USA

Finalist

Ezra Acayan
Getty Images/New York Times
Philippines

Finalist

Ta Mwe
Sacca Photo
Myanmar

Award of Excellence

Sergei Stroitelev
Independent
Russia

Award of Excellence

Dar Yasin
AP
India

Pictures of the Year International is proud to announce the creation of Pictures of the Year Asia, a program aimed at promoting Asia-based photographers. Inspired by POYi’s guiding principle of “Show truth with a camera,” POY Asia is committed to seeing the world from an Asian perspective.
POY Asia is created by and for photographers working and living in Asia. Kay-Chin Tay of Singapore is serving as a Co-Director. Prashant Panjiar of India, Tanya Habjouqa of Jordan and Maye-E Wong, a Singaporean based in USA, are the Founding Advisors. POYi Director Lynden Steele is a Co-Director and will serve in a supporting role.
In 2021, the group launched its first competition modelled after POYi. Please click here to go to the contest microsite.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to increase the representation of Asian photographers and stories by celebrating and sharing excellence in documentary and artistic visual storytelling throughout Asia. Through POY Asia, we hope to strengthen the growing photo community via competitions, exhibitions, publications and educational programs.

“Show truth with a camera,” as stated by POYi founder Cliff Edom in 1944, remains our guiding principle. We believe it is critical for people to see the news and issues that are shaping Asia through the eyes of those who live here every single day.

On The Record

Interview with Arin Yoon

A photographer who lives in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas with her husband and two young children, Arin Yoon exemplifies the spirit of ‘pointing the camera inward’.  As a military spouse herself, her current work deals with the everyday lives of military families. Often alone with their children when her husband is away on long assignments for the Army, the South Korea-born artist who immigrated to the US when she was five uses her camera to tell her story, as well as the stories of others.

Events

POY Asia Presents 2021

When we created POY Asia, we made a pledge that we will not just be about a competition; and that education and robust exchange are necessary for our profession to grow. It is a well-proven fact that there are more visual storytelling talents in Asia than publicly acknowledged. We at POY Asia believe we have both responsibility and opportunity to help bring more stories and talents to the spotlight. We hope that in years to come, POY Asia Presents will become a gathering to look forward to.

The Covid Experience

Dispatches from Asia

Since the beginning of 2020, the number of Covid-19 cases worldwide has grown exponentially with no end in sight. No one has been spared the impact of Covid-19. The aggressive spread of this pandemic means we are required to spend more time in isolation and maintain a wider distance from others, even at times of great need. Occasionally, it can feel as if we are all alone in this, even though we are told that we are in this together.