Premier Speakers and Venue Sponsors
SPEAKERS (top row): Kira Pollack of TIME Magazine, Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post, Marco Grob freelance for TIME Magazine, and Ed Ou of Reportage by Getty Images.
VENUE SPONSORS (bottom row): Meg Theno of the Chicago Tribune, Karen Egerer of The Chicago Photography Center, and David Klobucar and Heidi Kohz with The Chicago Photography Center.
(Photographs by Tom Snow of The Chicago Photography Center)
Inspiration in Chicago at Annual POYi Program
The POYi Education & Awards Program in Chicago was a tremendous success with hundreds attending the presentations and exhibition debut. Our sincere appreciation to all the premiere speakers who inspired, educated, and motivated us all. Our sincere thanks to The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Photography Center that hosted the 69th annual POYi Education & Awards Program on April 20 – 21, 2012.
POYi graduate student coordinator, Benjamin Hoste installs the 50-print exhibition at The Chicago Photography Center.
Guests view one of the 50 selected winning photographs on display from the 69th annual POYi competition.
The unveiling of the exhibition kicked off with a reception at The Chicago Photography Center, and was highlighted with a presentation by TIME magazine during the first day of the two-day program in Chicago.
Kira Pollack and Marco Grob speak about of the TIME Magazine project, "Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience."
Pollack is the director of photography for TIME, and Grob is the photographer on the project that earned the "Documentary Project of the Year" award.
Guests pack the presentation by Pollack and Grob.
Grob prepares to answer questions following his presentation with Pollack.
Anastasia Svartsevich, deputy director of photography for Russian Reporter Magazine, visits with Heidi Levine prior to the start of the second day's presentations at the Chicago Tribune.
Saturday's full day program begins in Campbell Hall at the Tribune Tower with a showing of multimedia winners.
College Photographer of the Year recipient Brad Vest is greeted by Rita Reed, CPoY director, as Ed Ou (background right) finishes a tech rehearsal before his presentation.
Photographer of the Year Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post is recognized during the Presenetation of Awards.
Pinar Istek enjoys Chicago.
POYi is only possible through the dedication of many volunteers and the motivated graduate students who review the entries, conduct the competition, and assist with the program.
(Photographs courtesy of Han Cheung and Rick Shaw of Pictrues of the Year International
and Tom Snow of The Chicago Photography Center.)