POY Asia 2024
POY Asia 2024
POY Asia 2024
Pictures of the Year Asia is aimed at promoting Asia-based photographers guided by the principle of “Show truth with a camera.” POY Asia is committed to seeing the world from an Asian perspective and celebrating excellence in journalistic and documentary photography throughout the continent.

Photographers are requested not to put their names and credits in the byline.


Pictures of the Year Asia (POY Asia) is pleased to announce our 2024 competition.

POY Asia 2024 will accept submissions via Picter from Jan 15 to Feb 19, 2024. The 'live' online judging will be held April 5 -- 7, 2024 and live-streamed on Facebook.

Modelled after the prestigious Pictures of the Year International (POYi), POY Asia was created in 2020 by and for photographers from Asia.

POY Asia is an official member of POYi, a program of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri. The POY family also includes College Photographer of the Year and POY Latin America.

POY Asia's first competition in 2021 started with nine categories with the Photographer of the Year, Asia being the premier prize.

To serve the community even better, we have also tweaked some of the rules in this year's competition.

The premier category in this competition is still the Photographer of the Year, Asia award.

As per our last three competitions, we have a panel of 10 esteemed judges from the region who will be introduced individually over the next few weeks.

Who can enter?

POY Asia is open to holders of passports from the following countries/territories: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.

We also welcome submissions from photographers who aren't holding any of the above-mentioned passports but can prove that they have been working out of Asia for the past three years.

Judging process

Before the judges meet online as a group for the ‘live’ judging, each judge will have 2-3 weeks to cast his/her individual votes. These individual votes are then collated and images/projects that meet the minimum votes required are moved to the next round.

Right before the beginning of ‘live’ judging for each category, all works that do not make the first cut will be shown again and any one judge can request that an image or story be brought back for consideration. All ‘live’ judging sessions are shown real-time on the @poyasia Facebook page.

Everyone is welcome to watch the discussions.


The judges will be announced on our website at https://poy.asia and our social media outlets soon.


Submission to POY Asia 2024 is free. Submissions will be eligible for inclusion in exhibits, related programs and become part of the POYi archives, a growing comprehensive library of images that spans more than 80 years.

Any questions?

Please feel free to contact us.

Kay-Chin Tay
Co-Director & Founding Advisor
POY Asia

Email: info@poyasia.org

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