POY Asia judging sessions are moderated by one of the Founding Advisors and he or she has no voting rights.

The main role of a moderator is to facilitate the conversations and occasionally to break up ‘fights’.

Moderators are also around to clarify rules or check on things judges can’t.

The moderator will decide the number of votes to carry to the next round, and the next, until a stage where everyone feels comfortable in discussing the rankings.

Statement of Judging Ethics

The mission of Pictures of the Year Asia is to recognize excellence in the photojournalism and documentary photography. “Show truth with a camera,” remains the guiding principle as articulated by POY founder Cliff Edom in 1943.

Pictures of the Year Asia selects judges who apply the highest journalistic and ethical standards to their selections as well as their own actions as jurors.

We recognize that our profession is a close network and that judges are also working journalists.We carefully consider any potential conflicts and then counsel all members about their obligations to be fair and impartial.

The judging process is an open forum for all to observe in person or virtually. Our goal is to conduct POY Asia with transparency and integrity.

The decisions regarding the winning entries reflect the collaborative effort of the entire judging team. Just as the results are viewed as an example of excellence in visual journalism, the judging process itself sets a standard of professionalism.