The otherworldly sight of African migrants, lit only by the moon and the light of their cellphones, held aloft, trying to grab signals from nearby Somalia to call their relatives. The terror of a mall turned battleground after a brazen attack in Kenya. A severely malnourished child crying out from her mother’s burqa at an Afghan hospital. The best photojournalists have a way of capturing a whole of a complex story in a single frame and, with their artistry, make it live in our memory long after news has marched on. News pictures too good to forget from last year have been honored and are being displayed in the Pictures of the Year 2013 exhibition that has become an anticipated tradition at the Newseum. The show opens Friday for a five-month run through Sept. 1.
Years the Newseum has partnered with Pictures of the Year International to display the best of their annual contest, which is the oldest photojournalism contest in the world. The partnership began in 2011 when the Newseum displayed winners from the 2010 Pictures of the Year.
Number of award-winning photos in this year’s exhibit, chosen from 1,446 award-winning photos from the Pictures of the Year International competition that were sent to the Newseum for consideration. Of those on display, 16 are black-and-white and 66 color.
Number of entries originally sent to Pictures of the Year International, a nonprofit academic program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism dedicated to journalism development. The annual competition began in 1944, when 60 photographers entered 233 prints.
Number of photographers featured in this year’s exhibit, 15 of whom are represented with multiple images. None have more in the show than New Zealand-born freelance photographer Robin Hammond, who has six. Hammond won the contest’s World Understanding Award for his series “Condemned — Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis” and got an award of excellence for a portrait series, “I Am Lagos.”
Number of female photographers featured. They include Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times, who was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year and who, with freelancer Patrick Smith, the Sports Photographer of the Year, will take part in the Newseum’s Photo Day on April 26, providing the stories behind their winning images and giving advice to photographers in free seminars.
Number of images from both the Boston Marathon bombing and the Kenya mall massacre, the events most represented. The next most represented events are the crisis in Ukraine and the war in Syria, with two images each.
Number of categories in the show. Four will cover the major awards — World Understanding, Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Freelance/Agency Photographer of the Year and Environmental Vision Award. Seven additional themes organized by the museum are wildlife, world conflict, terrorism, the human struggle, sports, slices of life and portraits.
Interactive and video exhibits. One allows viewers to vote on favorite sports photo and compare answers with the judges’. Another screen shows interviews with winning photographers.
Catlin is a freelance writer.