Participating in this POY Asia open call for submissions is a great opportunity to prepare your entries for POYi.

Submitting to The Covid Experience: Dispatches from Asia is free.

As there are Covid-19 categories in the 78th Pictures of the Year International(POYi) competition, we strongly encourage photographers sharing here to consider entering them in POYi.

The inaugural POY Asia competition, to be announced in February 2021, will also have special Covid-19 categories which you can also enter.

While this ‘open call’ is not a competition, all work submitted will be given the same scrutiny and care similar to all POYi competitions.

Accepted works from this exercise will be shared on this website and if feasible, in other POY platforms.

This is how a typical submission will be displayed on

Checklist before you send it off:

  • your image
  • your caption
  • your biography
  • your website

Email everything to

  • Publication is not a requirement for sharing your photograph.
  • Anyone in Asia* may submit. However, we expect most photographers sharing are at a “professional” level.
  • Photograph must include caption with the date the photograph was taken.
  • If the exact day is not known, include the month (i.e. “Photo taken in May, 2020.”)
  • Obviously, you must be the legal copyright owner of the image.
  • All submissions remain the property of the individual photographer and you grant POY Asia the rights to use them in our website.
  • Full credit will be given to all submissions published.
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