67th Picture of the year international (POYI)

March 28, 2010

Picture of the year international has released its winning list of their 67th annual program. The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles will host an extended exhibition of POYi award-winning documentary photography beginning June 26, 2010.

Actors dressed as Maoist revolutionaries take part in a battle re-enactment called the Defence of Yan'an on 8 November 2009 in Yan'an, China . The battle is staged daily for tourists who can pay extra to dress up and take part in the mock fighting between the communist People's Liberation Army and the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) Army. Yan'an is promoted as the "Revolutionary Holy Land" and offers a number of museums, monuments and other "Red Tourism" sites supported by the Chinese government.

Tomas van Houtryve won the first place as “Photographer of the year – Freelance/Agency”. I have linked to his work in North-Korea previoulsy on this blog, and the prize is in my opinion well deserved and a recognition that he truly deserves. Congratultaions to all the winners, and lets hope that their determination and hard work will inspire their colleagues!

Bu sure to follow Tomas´s work at his blog and webpage!

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