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Best of the Web

Starting out as a photographic print contest in 1944, Pictures of the Year International has grown to become one of the premier international photojournalism competitions.  Judging for the 71st annual POYi photo and multimedia competition has just concluded and here is a list of the first place winners.

1st Place Feature Multimedia

by Ora DeKornfeld

Brenda Mayfield’s life was forever altered when someone whom she trusted to protect her betrayed her. Her story is a life committed to overcoming and preventing violence.

1st Place Sports Multimedia
The Lights Go Out at Hollywood Park

by Spencer Bakalar, Bethany Mollenkof (videography); Spencer Bakalar (production); Robert St. John (executive producer)

After years of horse racing history, declining attendance forced the doors of Hollywood Park to close, replacing grandstands with commercial and residential properties.

“The Lights Go Out at Hollywood Park” is a nostalgic look at a bygone era when crowds would flock to witness the excitement and energy of horseracing at Hollywood Park.

1st Place News Multimedia

Spanish Bank Scandal Wipes Out Savings

by Almudena Toral (producer, videographer, editor), Suzanne Daley and Rachel Chaundler (reporting)

The Camaño family invested their life savings into the preferential shares program during the peak of the financial crisis in Spain.  Enticed by bankers who advertised a no-risk financial investment, the Camaño family was one of 300,000 families whose life savings were practically wiped out by a financial product that was not designed for small investors.  Compounded by a struggling economy and loss of income, the video looks at the lives of those affected by the financial crisis.

1st Place Issue Reporting
The Last Clinic
by Maisie Crow

” The Last Clinic” looks at personal stories revolving around the divisive issue of women’s reproductive rights. The project explores issues through the lives of people who are connected in some way to the last abortion provider in the state of Mississippi, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  The result is a project that reveals the humanity behind one of the hotbed issues of our time.

1st Place Documentary Journalism and Documentary Project of the Year

Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt

by Alex Blumberg, Joshua Davis, Kainaz Amaria, Brian Boyer, Alyson Hurt, Wes Lindamood, Claire O’Neill, David Gilkey, Nacho Corbella, Eric Helton, David Nevala, Katie Hayes Luke, James Jensen, Soren Jensen, Jeremy Bowers, Danny DeBelius, Drew Kennedy, Suzanne Batmanghelichi, Adam Cole, Quoctrung Bui, Zoe Chace, Jacob Goldstein, Jess Jiang, Caitlin Kenney, David Kestenbaum, Marianne McCune and Robert Smith

NPR’s “Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt” won 1st place documentary and documentary project of the year.

From production to the consumer and recycled back into use, NPR follows the making of an average T-shirt to show how connected the global marketplace actually is.

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