POYLATAM Winners in NYT Lensblog

Óscar Prieto, a survivor of a brain tumor, showed the scars from his operation. Madrid. Jan. 21, 2016.
(First place in Portraits: Photographic Singles)


Please check out the winners on the POYLATAM site and the NYT Lensblog. TPS member Pablo Corral Vega has been published in National Geographic magazine, is Culture Secretary for the city of Quito, founder and director of nuestramirada.org and also runs POYLATAM with Loup Langton in conjunction with the University of Missouri.

This is an excerpt from LensBlog

A Portuguese photographer, Daniel Rodrigues — who only five years ago was unemployed and had to sell his gear to buy food and pay the rent — has been named Ibero-American Photographer of the Year in the fourth POY Latam contest. Santi Palacios of Spain was awarded second place and Andres Kudacki of Argentina took third.

The biennial contest was started in 2011 by the photographers Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega to recognize and promote photography in Latin America. Photographers from Spain and Portugal were allowed to participate starting in 2013. This year’s contest drew more than 1,900 entrants.

Although Latin American photographers were long overlooked by historians, curators and photo editors in the United States and Europe, Mr. Corral Vega said they have surged to the forefront of documentary photography over the last decade.

“I believe Latin American photographers are more willing to navigate freely between fine art and documentary photography,” he said. “I’m not talking about manipulation of the images, but about a sensibility that allows a subjective vision. I’m convinced this is the best moment for Latin American photography because photographers are not looking at Europe and the U.S.A. for references. The photographers we want to emulate are in our region.”

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About the author

RANDY OLSON’s 27 National Geographic magazine projects have taken him to many countries in Africa, the Siberian Arctic, Abu Dhabi, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Newfoundland, Pakistan, Palmyra, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the South Pacific.
National Geographic Society published a book of his work in their Masters of Photography series in January 2011. Olson was the 2003 Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, and was also awarded POYi’s 1992 Newspaper Photographer of the Year—one of only two photographers to win in both media in the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. While working at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to support a seven-year project documenting a family with AIDS, and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his story on problems with Section 8 housing. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.
Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson are photojournalists in the documentary tradition. Their work has taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years. Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily worked on 50 projects for the National Geographic Society. They normally work individually, but have co-produced National Geographic magazine stories on northern California, American national parks, and the Alps. They photographed the southern United States for a book by Collins Publishing and have collaborated on over 70 books by various publishers.