Pictures of the Year Asia (POY Asia) is pleased to announce our inaugural competition.

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.

Kay-Chin Tay of Singapore is the Co-Director of POY Asia. 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 also POY Asia Co-Director and serves in a supporting role.

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. Three categories in POY Asia’s first competition are related to COVID-19.

The premier category in this competition is the Photographer of the Year, Asia award.

POY Asia 2021 Winners’ List

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
Middle East Images
Iraq

Award of Excellence

Rafiq Maqbool
AP
India

First

Danish Siddiqui
Reuters
India

Second

Hassan Ammar
AP
Lebanon

Third

SL Shanth Kumar
The Times of India
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
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
The Times of India
India

Third

Time To Be Together

Alexey Pavlov
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
India Express
India

Third

Portrait of My Mother

Anuj Arora
Independent
India

Award of Excellence

Safety Cards

Arseniy Neskhodimov
Independent
Russia

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

Meet the Pictures of the Year 2021 Judges

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