Students attend the first day of in-person classes, at a flooded school due to high tide, in Macabebe, Pampanga province, Philippines, August 22, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David
Pictures of the Year Asia (POY Asia) has announced the winners of its 2023 competition, including honors for four Reuters photojournalists in five categories. Created in 2021 as an official Pictures of the Year International program, POY Asia is committed to promoting Asia-based photographers and stories and showing the world from an Asian perspective.
Reuters photographers earned one first prize, one finalist and three award of excellence recognitions in the POY Asia 2023 competition.
Reuters contributor Lisa Marie David won First Prize in the Nature and Environment category for her photograph of students attending the first day of classes at a flooded school in Macabebe, Philippines. The award is given to a single picture that increases the understanding and appreciation of nature and the environment, emphasizing the relationship between humans and nature.
David was also named a finalist in the General News category, recognizing a single photograph of a news event or social issue, for her picture of a protest denouncing the proclamation of the new Philippine president and vice president.
In the Spot News category, which celebrates photographs of breaking news or events where no planning was possible, Reuters photographer Hong-Ji Kim was given an Award of Excellence for her picture of a shop owner paying their respects at the site of the Seoul Halloween stampede.
Reuters photographer Adnan Abidi was also recognized with an Award of Excellence for his coverage of the Sri Lanka economic crisis in the Issue Reporting Picture Story category. The category celebrates a long-term project on a single topic that conveys a deep understanding of the subject.
In the premier category, Photographer of the Year, Reuters photographer Thomas Peter was an Award of Excellence recipient for his coverage of China-based stories, including droughts affecting farmers, protests against China’s anti-COVID measures and the country’s zero COVID response.
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