The Annenberg Space for Photography is pleased to present "The Year" — the very best documentary photography of 2009 from winning photojournalists and visual editors in Pictures of the Year International (POYi), the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competition in the world.
The POYi exhibition returns to the Annenberg Space for Photography for a second consecutive year, showing from June 26 to October 10, 2010. The exhibit aligns the goals of POYi and the mission of the Annenberg Space for Photography, informing and inspiring the public by connecting them to the human experience through powerful imagery and stories.
These print and digital photographs reflect the important events and issues that shaped our world in 2009 — a year filled with renewed political engagement in the United States and political defiance in Iran; a year of lingering economic failures and the protracted toll of war.
Images were chosen from more than 45,000 entries submitted by photographers all over the world. Additional POYi honors recognize the year's top journalistic photographers, as well as exceptional long-term documentary work via the World Understanding, Global Vision and Community Awareness awards.
POYi is a testament to the power of photography and its impact on humanity. These images combine to create a visual representation of the challenges of modern civilization, with themes such as human conflict and interaction, our relationship with the environment, how we appraise our economic status and the range of human emotions from intense joy to sorrow.