The 1997 Pictures of the Year contest, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and the Missouri School of Journalism, is one of the most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world. Nearly 2,000 photographers submitted entries in this year's contest, the 55th annual.
The top four prizes in the newspaper portfolio division were swept by Washington Post photographers Nancy Andrews, Carol Guzy, Michael Williamson and Dudley Brooks. Of those four photographers, three Guzy, Williamson and now Nancy Andrews have taken the top award at least once. Guzy has won it three times.
Contest director Bill Kuykendall said, "What The Post did this year is unique in the history of the contest." In all, The Post took 24 prizes, more than any other newspaper has ever taken.