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Post Photo wins top awards from Pictures of the Year International and Northern Short Course contests

The Post gained more than 20 recognitions for a range of work including visual editing and photojournalistic coverage of issues such as the war in Ukraine and the opioid crisis.

WASHINGTON DC, MAY 24: The Washington Post Building at 1301 K St. NW in Washington DC, May 24, 2016. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

The Washington Post won numerous awards in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) and the Northern Short Course contests for visual journalism produced in 2022. The full list of prizes is below, prefaced by some highlights:

The Photo team won the POYi Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing award, recognizing the best editing by a media organization’s visual reporting teams across all platforms. Senior Photo Assignment Editor Olivier Laurent was named Visual Editor of the Year by POYi, and Deputy Director of Photography Robert Miller won first place for Newspaper Photo Editing in the same competition.

Salwan Georges was named Photographer of the Year in the Northern Short Course contests.


Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in EditingPhoto Editing Team of the Year, Winner

Visual Editor of the YearOlivier Laurent, winner

Visual Editor of the YearNatalia Jiménez, Award of Excellence

Newspaper Photo Editing, Robert MillerCartel, Winner

War in Ukraine: Picture Story Category, Michael Robinson-Chavez, Story: Imperium, First

Magazine Photo Editing, Natalia JiménezMothers During COVID, Finalist

International Photographer of the Year, Salwan Georges – Award of Excellence

War in Ukraine: Daily Life, Salwan Georges – Runner-up

Local Photographer of the Year, Matt McClain – Finalist

Daily Life Picture Story, Matt McClain – Choppa Community Gun Range, Finalist

Daily Life, Matt McClain – Gun Safety Participants, Award of Excellence

Northern Short Course Contest

Photographer of the Year – Salwan Georges, winner

International PhotoSalwan Georges, winner

General News

Salwan Georges, winner

Michael Robinson-Chavez, honorable mention

Sports Picture Story

Jabin Botsford – Winner

Matt McClain – 2nd place

International Picture story – Salwan Georges, 3rd place & honorable mention

News Picture Story – Jabin Botsford, honorable mention

Feature Picture StoryMatt McClain, 2nd place

Feature PictureMatt McClain, honorable mention


Michael Robinson-Chavezhonorable mention & 2nd place

Salwan Georges3rd place

Pictorial – Matt McClain, 2nd place and honorable mention