"Having the opportunity to work in NYC has helped me realize just how much talent there is out there. And knowing the talent that exists at home, I also realize how little direction our photographers are receiving there as well as the lack of exposure they get internationally. I feel that POY Asia is a perfect opportunity for me to step up and be able to champion others and their talents, and to pay it forward, as I was so lucky to have had those opportunities myself."
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.