Leslye Davis, a student at Western Kentucky University, has won Multimedia Portfolio of the Year honors at the Pictures of the Year International contest, organizers announced last night. Davis's projects, which can be viewed on vimeo.com, tell a variety of personal stories that underscore the passage of time and the strength of family bonds.
The Los Angeles Times won the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award, while washingtonpost.com won the prize for Documentary Project of the Year for a project about brain injuries sustained by soldiers during combat.
The three prizes are the premier awards in POYi's multimedia/editing division. A partial list of other multimedia/editing division winners is available at POYi.org.
Previously, POYI organizers announced prize winners for General Division categories of the contest, which were judged earlier this month.
Damon Winter of The New York Times won Newspaper Photographer of the Year, and Adrees Latif of Reuters won Agency Photographer of the Year. Freelancer Fernando Moleres won the World Understanding Award while Barbara Davidson of The Los Angeles Times won the Community Awareness Award. The Global Vision Award went to Steve Winter, and Stefano De Luigi won the Best Photography Book award.
Winners of all the premeir awards will receive cash prizes and trophies.
A full list of winners for the General Division categories is available at POYi.org.
Winners this year were selected from more than 42,000 images entered in the contest. Judging began February 7, and ended yesterday. Judges included AP photographer David Guttenfelder; freelance photographer Katie Falkenberg; Dallas Morning News photographer Mona Reeder; NOOR Images photographer Stanley Greene; Filmmaker Drea Cooper; University of Minnesota instructor Mike Zerby; University of Miami assistant professor Kim Grinfeder; Denver Post senior photo editor Ken Lyons; Sports Illustrated photo editor Porter Binks; National Geographic creative director Bill Marr; and Chicago Tribune senior photo editor Meg Theno.
The contest is sponsored by the University of Missouri's School of Journalism.