AP photographers honored by Pictures of the Year International
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AP photographers honored by Pictures of the Year International

North Korean residents and a soldier take public transport on the eve of the first anniversary of the death of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korean, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
In this Sept. 9, 2012, photo Vice President Joe Biden talks to customers at Cruisers Diner during a campaign stop in Seaman, Ohio. The unidentified woman pulled her chair up close to the bench that Biden was seated on in order to speak to him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Powerful news images from the Associated Press taken in such varied places as North Korea, Syria, India, Ohio and Colorado were among those that won top prizes in the 2013 Pictures of the Year International contest.

POYi is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri’s journalism school.

“We’re pleased that so many AP photographers are being honored in this distinguished competition,” said Santiago Lyon, AP vice president and director of photography. “It’s a testament to the talent, versatility and professionalism of our visual journalists around the world.”  

The winners were announced today. In total, AP won 17 prizes, including eight first place awards.

  • First Place: Ng Han Guan - Feature Single
  • First Place: Carolyn Kaster - Campaign 2012 Single
  • First Place: Manu Brabo - Spot News Single
  • First Place: Daniel Ochoa de Olza - Portrait Single
  • First Place: Oded Balilty - Portrait Series
  • First Place: Bernat Armangue - General News Single
  • First Place: Jessica Hill - Sports Action Single
  • First Place: Mike Roemer - Sports Feature

  • Second Place: Rodrigo Abd - General News Single
  • Second Place: Daniel Ochoa de Olza - Olympic Action

  • Third Place: David J. Phillip - Olympic Action

  • Honorable Mention: Gregory Bull - Campaign 2012 Single
  • Honorable Mention: Manish Swarup - Spot News Single
  • Honorable Mention: Barry Gutierrez - Spot News Single
  • Honorable Mention: Rodrigo Abd - General News Single
  • Honorable Mention: Vincent Yu - News Picture Story
  • Honorable Mention: Vincent Yu - Photographer of the Year

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