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POY Asia 2021 Winners’ List

POY competitions traditionally award First, Second, Third places and Awards of Excellence for each category. The judges for each category have full discretion on the final awardees. Photographer of the Year, Asia is the premier category.

First

Joshua Irwandi
Independent
Indonesia

Second

Zhang Youqiong
Nanfang Daily
China

Third

Lauren DeCicca
Independent
USA/Thailand

Award of Excellence

Karim Mottaghi
Mamaat Art Collective
Iran

Award of Excellence

Younes Mohammad
Independent
Iraq

Award of Excellence

Rafiq Maqbool
AP
India

First

Danish Siddiqui
Reuters
India

Second

Hassan Ammar
AP
Lebanon

Third

SL Shanth Kumar
The Indian Express
India

Award of Excellence

Chan Long-hei
Independent
Hong Kong

Award of Excellence

Ahmad Hasaballah
IMAGESLIVE
Palestine

Award of Excellence

Anas Alkharboutli
DPA
Syria

First

Supratim Bhattacharjee
Independent
India

Second

Oded Wagenstein
Independent
Israel

Third

Lee Heehoon
ohmynews
South Korea

Award of Excellence

Sergei Stroitelev
Independent
Russia

Award of Excellence

Zohre Sabagh Nejad
Middle East Images Agency
Iran

First

Sebnem Coskun
Anadolu News Agency
Turkey

Second

Ezra Acayan
Getty Images
Philippines

Third

Andre Malerba
Independent
USA/Thailand

Award of Excellence

Moniruzzaman Sazal
Independent
Bangladesh

First

Drama of Block 65

Karim Mottaghi
Mamaat Art Collective
Iran

Second

The Exhausted Holocaust

SL Shanth Kumar
Times of India
India

Third

Time To Be Together

Alexey Palvov
Independent
Russia

Award of Excellence

The Final Days of the Lockdown in Wuhan

Roman Pilipey
EPA
Ukraine/China

First

The Last Portrait

Mehrdad Vahed
Independent
Iran

Second

When War Comes Home

Amit Chakravarty
Independent
Indian Express

Third

Portrait of My Mother

Anuj Arora
Independent
India

Award of Excellence

Safety Card

Arseniy Neskhodimov
Independent
Russia

First

Afghan Asylum Seekers in Iran

Zobair Movahhed
Middle East Images Agency
Iran

Second

Red is the Colour of Spring

Prasiit Sthapit
Independent
Nepal

Third

The Land of Soul

Ksenia Ivanova
Independent
Georgia

Award of Excellence

TB in Prison

Jes Aznar
Independent
Philippines

Award of Excellence

Hong Kong, Times of Dissent

Ivan Abreu
Independent
Brazil/Hong Kong

First

Living Lullabies

Hannah Reyes Morales
Independent
Philippines

Second

Lost Legacy

Santanu Dey
Independent
India

Third

Dacha

Kristina Rozhkova
Independent
Russia

Award of Excellence

Right To Believe

Fyodor Telkov
Independent
Russia

Winner

Ezra Acayan
Getty Images
Philippines

Finalist

Sebnem Coskun
Anadolu News Agency
Turkey

Finalist

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 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 launched its first competition modelled after POYi. Please click here to go to the contest microsite.

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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
Interview with Cindy Liu

The Accidental Photojournalist

With a computer science degree, things could have been simpler if she had gone to work in Silicon Valley like many of her classmates. Instead, Cindy Liu, who feels like she’s still learning how to navigate the world of photojournalism, finds herself collecting stories in Phnom Penh.

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.