Upcoming: Deadline for Pictures of the Year International

Like others in the industry, photojournalists love the opportunity to meet, compete, learn from each other and work together on projects. I will highlight these opportunities in brief posts as deadlines and dates for various photojournalism workshops and competitions approach.

Photographers, it’s time once again to review your work from the past year and make time to submit to yet another photojournalism competition: Pictures of the Year International.

Founded in 1944 and administered by the Missouri School of Journalism, POYi is an annual photojournalism competition for professionals. (Students may enter, as well.) Entrants can submit entries in more than 40 categories, which range from general stills to picture stories to multimedia to picture-editing.

Similar to the annual College Photographer of the Year competition, POYi entries will be judged live and open to the public on the Missouri journalism school’s campus. Because POYi has many more categories than CPOY does, POYi‘s judging will take place over a little more than two weeks: Feb. 7-22, 2011.

Note that there are special subcategories for stills and stories of certain prominent events, such as the Haiti earthquake, the Winter Olympics and the Gulf oil spill. Also note that there are separate subcategories in which photojournalists can enter based on whether they’re a staff photographer at a newspaper, a freelancer, an agency photographer, etc.

Entries, which must have been taken or published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010, are due next Friday, Jan. 14, at 11:59 p.m. CST. There is a baseline entry fee of $50 USD per entrant, with additional fees for entering certain other categories.

Be sure to read carefully the guide for entry and registration (PDF), and don’t wait until the last minute (out of respect to POYi‘s servers and tech guys). Entering this competition is something you definitely don’t want to mess up!

Good luck!