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POY Latam contest, showcasing Latin American photographers' work, now open

POY Latam contest, showcasing Latin American photographers’ work, now open

POY Latam was created to showcase documentary and art photography created by Latin American photographers.  The competition was dreamt up by Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega in 2010 to “promote and celebrate excellence in Latin American visual storytelling” and has grown to be the largest and most prestigious contest of its kind.

When asked if he sees a difference in the way Latin American photographers see their subjects, Langton said: “Pablo and I have talked a lot about differences and similarities between Latin American photographers and those from say the U.S. or Europe. We agree that, in general, Latin American photographers tend to blend art and journalism more than their counterparts. There is no doubt that there is an emerging ‘Latin American’ way of seeing, and I think that there is also a real pride in the work being done by Latin American photographers.”

In 2013, the last time the contest was held, more than 1,300 photographers entered some 32,000 photographs, 106 multimedia stories and 49 books in the contest.  The judging for this year will be broadcast live on May 11 through May 15 from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, by a diverse and distinguished panel that includes: Yolanda Andrade, an art and documentary photographer and winner of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship for a photography project on Mexico City (1994); Mike Davis, director of the Alexia Foundation, which awards grants to photojournalists; Magdalena Herrera, director of photography for GEO magazine in France; Gary Knight, founder and director of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice, a program of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University; Tomas Munita, a Chilean documentary photographer who has produced work for the New York Times, National Geographic, Time, GEO and Stern magazines; and Tiago Santana, one of the most respected photographers in Brazil who was the co-founder and first president of the Instituto de Fotografia de Ceara (IFOTO) and has produced a number of photography books, including “Benditos” (2000) and “Chao de Graciliano” (2006).

The contest has no entry fee to ensure that no talent is excluded based on an economic burden. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. April 7.

Visit the group’s website for the categories, rules and a rich look at previous winners.

Credit: A photograph by a 2013 POY Latam contest winner, Lucas Ninno, shows the shadows of people practicing freestyle soccer in Cuiaba, Brazil.



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