Winter weather doesn't freeze Pictures of the Year International judging

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | 4:54 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The 71st annual Pictures of the Year International competition kicked off Wednesday at the Missouri School of Journalism, despite the campus' weather-related closure.

This week, judges will consider entries in the news division, according to the competition's website.

Along with news, entries in the sports, reportage, editing and multimedia divisions are also part of the competition. Members of the public are welcome to watch the judging in Tucker Forum in Gannett Hall, or follow the live webcast. Judging will continue until Feb. 25.

The POYi competition is judged by a panel of professionals, including Missouri School of Journalism alumna Paula Nelson.

POYi is a photography contest with roots in the Missouri School of Journalism's sponsorship of the "First Annual Fifty-Print Exhibition" in 1944. The original purpose of the contest was to celebrate the efforts of U.S. photographers on the home front during World War II.

It became an international contest in 2001 when the number of entries increased to the tens of thousands, according to the website.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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