Welcome to Pictures of the Year Asia

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 and USA. 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 plans to launch a competition modelled after POYi but on a smaller scale. Please look out for our regular updates and announcements.

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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

Going Places, Thanks to Photojournalism

From teaching English in her native South Korea to winning College Photographer of the Year, an award that includes an internship at the esteemed National Geographic, photojournalist Yehyun Kim has come a long long way. Many will say that she has a blessed career but nobody will deny how hard she has worked to get to this stage.

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. As a precursor to our first POY Asia competition in February 2021, we would like to invite photographers all over Asia to share one image that summarize your own Covid Experience.

About Us

Founding Advisors

Prashant PANJIAR
Kay-Chin TAY

POY Asia relies a lot on the Founding Advisors who are all established professionals in Asia. One thing the Founding Advisors have in common is a desire to share their knowledge and opinion. They provided honest counsel before the official formation of POY Asia and will continue to guide this organization and its undertakings in the years to come. Let’s meet them.

Asian Winners in POYi

Photography Book of the Year 2020

Pictures of the Year International is one of the few photojournalism and documentary photography competitions with a dedicated category for photography books. At the 77th POY in 2020, Japanese photographer Miki Hasegawa impressed the judges with Internal Notebook, and was awarded winner for Photography Book of the Year 2020. POY Asia Co-Director & Founding Advisor Kay-Chin Tay, who was a member of the jury that selected Hasegawa’s book, pens his thoughts on this amazing book which examines the issue of child abuses.