History and Team
POY Latam was created by Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega in 2011 to celebrate excellence in documentary and artistic photography in Ibero-America. It has become the largest and one of the most important competitions in the region. POY Latam is not for profit and seeks to reach the general public through the organization of the contest, exhibitions, workshops and publications. Unlike most other contests, the judging is transparent and broadcast live.
Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega have worked together for more than two decades trying to expand opportunities for Latin American visual journalists. In 1994 they directed the book project Descubriendo Ecuador that engaged more than 40 photographers and editors from 14 countries to produce a book and an exhibit about Ecuador. In the years since then they’ve created numerous workshops, with internationally acclaimed faculties, and symposia throughout Latin America. They partnered with POY in 2011 to establish POY Latam.
Pablo Corral Vega
Is a photojournalist, writer, artist and cultural manager who has published his work in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Audubon, Geo in France, Germany, Spain and Russia, and other international publications. He was a judge for Pictures of the Year International and World Press Photo, the two most important photography competitions in the world. I was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He was the founder and co-director of the POY Latam photography contest, the largest in Latin America. he is the editor of POY Latam magazine, a space that seeks to bring art and literature closer to journalism, and I was the curator of the Coronavirus postcard series with the New York Times. He the Secretary of Culture of Quito from 2015 to 2019, and as such I was in charge of directing all areas of cultural management in the city.
He is the author of eight books of photography: Tierra desnuda, Paisajes del silencio, De la magia al espanto, Ecuador, Veinte y Cinco, Tango, Jardines Silvestres and Andes; and dozens of books in which I have acted as editor or co-author.
Loup Langton (United States) is currently a professor at the School of Journalism and Television at Western Kentucky University. He was previously the director of the Visual Studies program at the University of Miami.
His career reflects a balance between creative work and research, with a particular passion for Latin America. As a freelance photographer he has published his work in numerous books and international media. His work on Haiti, North Carolina and Ecuador was exhibited in New York and Washington.
His book Photojournalism and Today's News (2009) is used in university classrooms worldwide. Langton received his PhD from the University of Texas School of Communication.
Kim Grinfeder (Director of Interactive Media)
Kim Grinfeder is an award-winning creative technologist, professor, and the founder and director of the Interactive Media Program at the University of Miami. His work explores new media tech across the spectrum including immersive storytelling and interactive narratives. His current research and creative work interests are in producing 360º films, spatial storytelling, and algorithmic driven narratives. He founded VR lab at the University of Miami and his students have won multiple awards.
Oscar Durand (Technical Director)
Oscar Durand is a Peruvian photojournalist based in Turkey. His work is published by newspapers, magazines and humanitarian organizations and focuses primarily on issues related to immigration and human displacement.
Oscar is also one of the founders of Everyday Latin America, a community of social network photographers that aims to present an authentic image of the region.
Oscar graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology's photojournalism program, was selected as a participant in the prestigious Eddie Addams Workshop and his work has been recognized with awards from organizations such as Pictures of the Year International, Latin America Fotografía and the National Press Photographers Association.
Oscar is part of the technical team of POY Latam since 2011.
Pictures of the Year (POY) was created in 1944 by the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, whose photojournalism program is the oldest in the world and one of the most respected. Each year thousands of photographers document the news, political trends and themes that capture our interest. POY (now POYi, Pictures of the Year International) celebrates the work of visual journalists and publishers, and defines world-quality standards.
POYi’s mission is to disseminate the best in documentary photography and to offer a visual portrait of our societies as well as to enhance our understanding of the essential issues facing humanity. POYi is used as a tool for education. It offers seminars, workshops, organizes exhibitions and publishes books. Its visual archive of more than 35,000 images contains the most important photos of the last seven decades.
POYi is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. POYi and the Reynolds Institute share the goal of bringing journalism closer to citizens and improving the practice and understanding of journalism.