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POYi Awards and Educational Program

Attendance at Capacity For POYi Bay Area Program

Response to the POYi Education and Awards Program has exceeded expectations and we have now filled the 170 seats at both venues. We wish to thank all those who emailed an early rsvp. You will be receiving a confirmation email from us within a few days. If you emailed an rsvp on or after Friday, April 13, unfortunately we may not be able to accommodate your attendance. We will be doing a hard count on Monday, April 16 and will email the results. For those that sent an rsvp prior to Friday but have not made hotel reservations, the Best Western University Inn will continue the POYi group rate until Sunday, April 15 at 5 p.m. This should be an exciting and informative program. The official program is available on this Web site as a downloadable PDF. It lists the agenda for both Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, plus information about the speakers. Also we are providing detailed directions and maps on this site as downloadable PDFs. These will help our guests navigate between the Berkeley campus, downtown San Francisco, and the Oakland airport. Thank you again and we look forward to greeting you in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Rick Shaw

San Francisco is Host Site for the
Education and Awards Program

Seating is limited. If you plan to attend,
please RSVP to info@poyi.org.

Awards Program [PDF]
Directions [PDF]


Pictures of the Year International will hold its annual education and awards program in the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.

POYi just concluded three weeks of intense judging of more than 44,000 images. Now we invite the winners to participate in the education and professional development program, and to receive their awards. The two-day program will include: six presentations from the premiere award recipients; a panel discussion on the evolution of multimedia; a Fotovision cooperative presentation by Alex and Rebecca Webb; two POYi slideshows; and the prestigious awards ceremony.

POYi will be working in partnership with the University of California-Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University to host this extraordinary recognition of the world's best photojournalists. Our objective with this partnership is to provide career development and motivation for professional photojournalists and visual editors, plus offer the host universities with study enrichment opportunities for their students.

An overview of the working schedule for the Friday and Saturday event looks like this:

Friday evening: The opening reception and exhibition will be held in the heart of San Francisco at the newly renovated Emporium downtown center. San Francisco State University has provided spectacular venue space at their downtown campus in the Westfield San Francisco Centre, overlooking the Emporium's main atrium.

Saturday: The full-day education and awards program will be co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. This program will honor work from the premiere winners such as the Newspaper Photographer of the Year, the World Understanding recipient, and the Magazine Photographer of the Year, among others. The program will conclude with a reception at the North Gate Hall courtyard on the UC campus, and will including a silent print auction to benefit the POYi Endowment.

We expect to attract the world's best photojournalists and visual editors to join us for this remarkable event. Detailed information on hotel accommodations and program schedule will be available on this Web site.

Contact: Rick Shaw, Director



  • Tyler Hicks, The New York Times, Newspaper Photographer of the Year
  • Christopher Anderson, Magnum, presented by Marion Durand, Magazine Photographer of the Year
  • Alex and Rebecca Webb, Magnum, Presented in cooperation with Fotovision
  • Renee Byer, The Sacramento Bee, World Understanding Award
  • Colin Crawford, Los Angeles Times, Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award

Multimedia Panel Discussion

  • Tom Kennedy, WashingtonPost.com, 1st Best Use Multimedia –Major Media
  • Brian Storm, MediaStorm, 1st Best Use Multimedia – Small Media
  • Richard Koci Hernandez, San Jose Mercury News, 2nd Best Use Multimedia – Major Media
  • Rich Beckman, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2nd Best Use Multimedia – Small Media
  • Tim Broekema, Mountain Workshops, Western Kentucky University, 3rd Best Use Multimedia – Small Media.


Doubletree Hotel – Berkeley Marina
$139 per night — POYi group rate
200 Marina Boulevard
Berkeley, CA
(Group Code: PYI)
Click here to make a reservation

Best Western University Inn
$89 per night — POYi group rate
920 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA


  • Oakland International Airport (OAK) to Berkeley — 13 miles (20 minutes, close and easy to get to)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Berkeley — 25 miles (35 minutes, going across Bay Bridge)
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC) to Berkeley — 54 miles (1 hour, in southern part of the Bay Area)
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF) to Berkeley — 81 miles (1:20 hours, east in the Central Valley)

Fotovision Workshop:

Master photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb are presented in cooperation with Fotovision, a Bay Area nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing social documentary photography through workshops and projects.


Festival of the Photograph:

An exciting new Festival that will be debuting in June 2007. Created by well-known photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols, Look3 -- Festival of the Photograph will be a 3-day program of exhibitions, outdoor projections, master classes, interviews with world-famous photographers and special events that will transform the downtown of historic Charlottesville, Virginia into a “living image.” Premiering June 7 – 9, 2007 the Festival will showcase the work of many of the world’s most celebrated photographers and exciting new artists, with images ranging from the fields of photojournalism to fine art. NPR's Alex Chadwick will interview this year's featured photographers William Albert Allard, Sally Mann and Eugene Richards on three separate evenings at the Paramount Theater.

The Festival will provide an immersive experience with shows virtually everywhere: in the trees, projected in storefront windows, on the sides of buildings, and in all the galleries. There are limited Festival and Student Passes available so I encourage you to make your plans soon. Please visit the website www.festivalofthephotograph.org for more information.”


University of California at Berkeley
Graduate School of Journalism

San Francisco State University
Department of Journalism

San Jose State University
School of Journalism and Mass Communications


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