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Statement of Judging Ethics

Pictures of the Year International selects judges who maintain the highest journalistic and ethical standards. We have confidence that these same values will apply as jurors for POYi. We recognize that our profession is a close network and that the judges are also working journalists. So we carefully research and consider any potential conflicts and then counsel all the members about their obligations to be fair and impartial. Any judge with entries in a category must recuse themselves. The entire three weeks of judging is an open forum for anyone to quietly observe the process. POYi conducts the annual competition with complete transparency and integrity.


Sujong Song
Independent Curator and Editor

Sujong Song started her career with GEO Korea in 1996, where she worked as Editor in Chief and Director of Photography from 2000 until 2004. Since then, her work has covered a wide range of fields in photography including publishing, editing, and organization of exhibitions. With a master’s degree in Visual Culture, she has organized and participated in several photo events including hosting of Seoul Photo 2008 and participation of Angkor Photo Festival 2008 as curator. She has also been sharing her talent at Daegu Photo Biennale & Seoul Photo Festival by providing consult on exhibitions and as the member of steering committee since 2009. She has served as a jury member for World Press Photo three times.

Larry Price
Former Director of Photography, Dayton Daily News

Larry is a past POY judge and is a 1977 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin journalism program. Now based in Dayton, Ohio, Price has worked for six metropolitan newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Sun in Baltimore, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, and The Denver Post. During the early 1990s, Price worked on contract with National Geographic. His photographs have appeared in Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Geo, LIFE, Audubon, Communication Arts and other national and international magazines and newspapers. Corporate clients, including IBM, HarperCollins Publishers and Olympus America Inc., also have used Price's photographs. At Olympus, Price is a designated "Visionary," one of 20 professional photographers contracted by the camera company to produce images and provide feedback on new product lines. As a photographer at the Star-Telegram, Larry won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography for his coverage of the 1980 coup in Liberia. He won a second Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1985, as a photographer for the Inquirer, for a portfolio documenting civil wars in Angola and El Salvador.

Carolyn Cole
Staff Photographer, Los Angeles Times

Carolyn Cole is a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times, where she has spent 17 years covering national and international news. Her coverage of the civil crisis in Liberia won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. Cole is a two-time winner of the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club of America for her work in Iraq and Liberia (2003) and her photographs of the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem (2002). She has earned four World Press awards and has also been named U.S. newspaper photographer of the year three times. Carolyn grew up in California and Virginia, before attending the University of Texas, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism (1983). She went on to earn a master of arts degree from Ohio University (2010). She is currently based in New York.


Michel duCille
Director of Photography, The Washington Post

Michel du Cille is the Director of Photography for The Washington Post. He is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Indiana University School of Journalism and a Master of Science degree in journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. He joined The Miami Herald's photography staff in 1981 after internships at The Louisville Courier Journal/Times in 1979 and The Miami Herald in 1980. In April 2008 he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with writers, Anne Hull and Dana Priest of The Washington Post, exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He shared his first Pulitzer in spot news photography with fellow Miami Herald staff photographer Carol Guzy, on coverage of the November 1985 eruption of Colombia's Nevado Del Ruiz volcano, which caused a massive mudslide killing an estimated 25,000 people. In 1988 second Pulitzer, in feature photography, was awarded for his photo essay on crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project. Du Cille joined The Washington Post in 1988 as picture editor. Last year three staff photographers, Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking New Photography for their work on the Haiti earthquake and subsequent aftermath.

MaryAnne Golon
Consulting Director of Photography and multimedia, AARP

MaryAnne Golon is a photo editor and media consultant, currently serving as the consulting Director of Photography and Multimedia for AARP, in Washington, D.C. She was TIME magazine's Director of Photography until 2008. At TIME, she managed the photography team’s Hurricane Katrina special edition and the September 11, 2001 special black-bordered edition, each winning National Magazine Awards for single-issue topics. Golon has received numerous picture-editing awards from the POYi (Pictures of the Year International) and the NPPA's (National Press Photographer’s Association) Best of Photography competitions.

Patricia Lanza
Director of Talent and Content, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles

Patricia Lanza is currently working with the Annenberg Foundation as the Director of Talent and Programming for their new center of photography in Los Angeles. The Annenberg Space for Photography produces exhibitions, which includes a print exhibition and a film production created for each show. She worked on the development of the photographic gallery from its inception to its opening in 2009, researching and writing an initiative on photography for Wallis Annenberg. She began her career in photography with the National Geographic in Washington D.C. where she had over 700 pictures published over a 10 year period. Assignments have taken her to five continents and 40 countries. She as well produced articles for a variety of international newspapers and magazines, and was under contract with the Tribune Syndicate News Corporation.

Meaghan Looram
Deputy Photo Editor, The New York Times

Meaghan Looram is the deputy photo editor for The New York Times. She is the front-page editor and works with many of The Times’ most ambitious photography projects, including “A Year at War,” “ One in 8 Million,” and “Choking on Growth.” Looram was the photo editor of the “One in a Million series,” which was awarded an Emmy Award in 2010. She was also the editor of “A Year at War” which was awarded first place in POYi's Multimedia Feature Story category in 2010 as well as an Emmy Award and an Alfred I dupont-Columbia Award in 2011. She is a graduate of Stanford University.


Smiley Pool
Photojournalist, The Houston Chronicle

Smiley N. Pool is the chief photographer and photo coach at the Houston Chronicle. He is the veteran of seven Olympic games and was the winner of the sports portfolio category in the 67th POYi competition. He was a key contributor to the Dallas Morning News’ coverage of Hurricane Katrina, which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. Pool is a seven-time winner of the National Press Photographers Association regional photographer of the year award and his portfolio of work for 2005 was judged runner up for Photojournalist of the Year honors in the Best of Photojournalism competition. A native Texan who was born in Galveston, he has also worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Austin American-Statesman.

Albert Dickson
Director of Photography, The Sporting News

Albert Dickson is the Director of Photography at Sporting News, overseeing images management for website, iPad and magazine usage. Prior to that position, Dickson was chief photographer at Sporting News from 1995 to 2008. He had the opportunity to photograph many World Series, Super Bowls and Stanley Cup playoffs. Individual portrait sessions with some of the biggest names in sports were a particular privilege. He is proud to have worked with some of the best editors and photographers in the business, proudly putting Sporting News photography up against the better-funded titles in the marketplace. Dickson was a staff photographer at the Hartford Courant, Macon Telegraph and News and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle from 1985 to 1995. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1984.

Rob Tringali
Freelance sports photojournalist, ESPN and Sports Illustrated

Rob Tringali is a New York based freelance photographer who focuses on sport and art for both editorial and commercial clients. He has been a major contributor to ESPN the Magazine since their inception in 1998. His work has graced the covers of many world-renowned magazines and has been centerpieces of major ad campaigns. Tringali started shooting when he was 18 years old, shot his first Super Bowl at 20 and hasn’t missed one since. To add to that, the last 14 World Series, multiple Olympic games, World Cup Soccer, etc. Tringali has had baseball’s and hockey pucks wiz by his head at frightening speed, had a numerous amount of very near misses by extremely large man on football fields, he has climbed Olympic ski mountains on foot because he doesn’t ski and has hung off the top of the Verrazano bridge covering the New York City Marathon. Tringali has a keen knack to be in the right place at the right time and luckily has executing some breathtaking photographs throughout his career.


Mick Cochran
Former Director of Photography, USA Today

Mick Cochran has been involved in photojournalism for about 40 years working for small, medium and large newspapers. In his home state of Illinois, he was a reporter and photographer at the Jacksonville Journal-Courier and The State Journal-Register in Springfield. More recently Cochran was the Art Director at The Providence Journal, Assistant Managing Editor for Photo & Graphics at The Charlotte Observer and Director of Photography at USA TODAY. He has been a picture editing coach at the Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops for ten years and is the editor of the Workshop's book. He and his wife, Judy, moved back to their home in Jamestown, Rhode Island in June, 2011 and are both officially retired, but looking out for fun visual opportunities.

Sue Morrow
Independent Photo Editor & Director, The Kalish Photo Editing Workshop

Sue Morrow is a picture editor, designer, art director and newsroom manager who has worked at the San Jose Mercury News, the St. Petersburg Times, The Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Boston Globe. At the the St. Petersburg Times, the photo team was recognized with numerous awards for photography and editing in Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism and Society of News Design, including winning Picture Editing Team Portfolio in POYi. At The Sacramento Bee, she was the picture editor and designer for “ A Mother’s Journey,” which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography and POYi’s World Understanding Award. In 2010, she was awarded a Knight Fellowship in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens. She is current director of The Kalish Workshop, a hands-on seminar for visual editing and storytelling.

Claude Cookman
Faculty, visual communications at Indiana University’s School of Journalism

Claude Cookman teaches visual communications at Indiana University’s School of Journalism. Before turning to higher education, Cookman served as a photography editor at the Associated Press in New York, The Louisville Times, where he shared in the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Photography, and the Miami Herald. He earned a Master of Science degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in the history of photography from Princeton University, writing his dissertation on Henri Cartier-Bresson. Cookman has published two books: A Voice Is Born, on the founding of the National Press Photographers Association, and American Photojournalism: Motivations and Meanings, Northwestern University Press, 2009. His research concentration is French magazine photojournalism, and he has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on the members of Magnum, Rapho and Gamma agencies. Since 1990, Cookman teaches courses ranging from picture editing, informational graphics and multimedia story telling to the history of twentieth century photography.


Duy Linh Tu

Duy Linh Tu is a co-founder and the Creative Director of Resolution Seven, a documentary and commercial production house and digital design studio. He is a videographer, photographer, writer and multimedia consultant. Prior to forming Resolution Seven, Duy founded and was the Chief Operations Officer of Missing Pixel, an award-winning interactive production company. Duy has shot for all major broadcast networks, as well as for cable and independent production houses. Duy travels to newsrooms nationally and internationally to provide consulting and training to multimedia journalists. He is the Director of Photography and Producer of the upcoming documentary, deepsouth. He received his M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Nelson Walker
Documentary filmmaker based in New York City, 2010 release of “Summer Pasture”

Nelson Walker holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University. He began his career working on documentaries for Discovery Channel, History Channel, and PBS’s NOVA. He has since gone on to make independent films including iThemba|Hope (Sundance Channel, 2005) and LUMO (Student Academy Award winner, PBS/P.O.V., 2007). His most recent film, Summer Pasture (PBS/Independent Lens, 2012), about a young nomad family in eastern Tibet, has screened at festivals and venues around the world and was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award and Film Independent Spirit Award. In 2006, Nelson co-founded with Lynn True the Kham Film Project, an association of American and Tibetan filmmakers working on media projects that convey contemporary issues and experiences from Tibet. Nelson is also an independent film programmer at New York’s Maysles Cinema in Harlem, where he is a co-director of the annual Tibet in Harlem and Congo in Harlem film series.

Lynn True
Documentary filmmaker based in New York City, 2010 release of “Summer Pasture”

Lynn True is a New York based filmmaker focused primarily on documentary projects. After growing up in South Korea, India, Chicago, Washington D.C., Arizona’s Hopi reservation and suburban Oregon, Lynn and her family settled in New York City. She holds a joint degree in Urban Studies & Architecture from Brown University and began her film career as an assistant editor at NBC News and PBS. She has directed, produced and/or edited numerous award-winning documentary films including iThemba|Hope (Sundance Channel, 2005), about an HIV+ choir from South Africa, and LUMO (Student Academy Award winner, PBS’s P.O.V., 2007), which intimately follows a young woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo and her process of recovery after being violently raped. Lynn’s most recent film, Summer Pasture (PBS’s Independent Lens, 2012), about a young nomad family in eastern Tibet, screened at dozens of film festivals around the world and was nominated for both an IFP Gotham Independent Film Award and a Film Independent Spirit Award. Lynn is also an independent curator at New York’s Maysles Cinema in Harlem where she and Nelson Walker are co-founders and directors of the annual Tibet in Harlem and Congo in Harlem film festivals which are aimed at presenting and promoting the works of established and emerging Tibetan and Congolese filmmakers and artists.

Andrew DeVigal
Multimedia director, The New York Times

Andrew DeVigal is the multimedia editor at The New York Times, he has pioneered efforts to redefine multimedia journalism and pushed the medium in telling and explaining stories by working collaboratively across the newsroom and recruiting top talent from a wide range of industries. His website, ProfessorDeVigal.org., provides lessons and course materials on multimedia. Before joining The New York Times, DeVigal was an associate professor at San Francisco State University's Department of Journalism. He taught courses in multimedia journalism and digital media. Since 1996, as the senior designer and producer of ChicagoTribune.com, DeVigal has helped shape the discussion about the future of journalism. Over the years, he have led conferences and discussions on panels and in classrooms to advance the dialogue and develop the techniques of multimedia and online journalism. He continues that discussion online with Interactive Narratives, which he developed and launched in 2003.