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News Photography: Winners of the “Pictures of the Year International” competition

First place, Spot Journalism (general division) - an anti-government protester throws a tire in Bangkok, (by Athit Perawongmetha, Freelance)

The Missouri School of Journalism has announced the results of the Pictures of the Year International competition. There were nearly 50 judging categories in the competition, some of which contained a half dozen or more winners and finalists.

The Washington Post, Time, National Geographic, and the Los Angeles Times each won three or more first-place awards in the many categories.

Barbara Davidson, a staff photographer at The Times, won the community awareness award, the issue reporting picture story award (newspaper division) and the feature picture story award (newspaper division) for her series documenting the devastating aftermath of gang violence within the community.

Adrees Latif, a photographer at Reuters, was named the freelance-agency photographer of the year for his coverage of flooding in Pakistan.

In a surprise move (to some), the jurors of the competition named Damon Winter, a photographer at The New York Times, newspaper photographer of the year. The Times’ series on one battalion’s experience in Afghanistan, “A Year at War,” won first place in the multimedia feature story category.

Winter’s work being awarded was unexpected because a few of his pictures in the “A Year at War” series were shot with an iPhone and the Hipstamatic app. This use of camera phones and their apps in photojournalism sparked a fierce debate – how important is visual accuracy in photojournalism? Winter explains his side of the story in “Through My Eye, Not Hipstamatic’s.”

First place, Portrait series (general division) - "Kolkata's Rickshaw Pullers." Mohammed Salim, (by Palani Mohan, Getty Images)

World Understanding Award - "Juvenile Behind Bars in African Prisons," by Fernando Moleres

First place, Midterm Politics (general division) - Staff members congratulate Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the passage of the health care bill (by Melina Mara, The Washington Post)

Free-lance agency photographer of the year - Flood victims grab a hovering Army helicopter that arrived to distribute food in Punjab Province, Pakistan (by Adrees Latif, Reuters)

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