Annenberg Foundation Grant Brings POYi Program to Los Angeles
Pictures of the Year International will receive a substantial grant from the Annenberg Foundation to host the 2009 POYi Education, Awards, and Exhibition Program at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
The grant will provide support and funding for POYi’s two-day professional development program and an educational display of the “Visions of Excellence” exhibition of award-winning photojournalism. The events, scheduled for mid-July, will feature presentations by award-winning photojournalists, educational workshops, and the annual awards ceremony at the new Annenberg Space for Photography. The 50-print public exhibition and digital presentations will be showcased at the Space for an extended three-month viewing.
Attendance to the program and the exhibition will be free to everyone.
Pictures of the Year International is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, whose mission is to join citizens and journalists in programs that improve the practice and understanding of journalism. The Annenberg Space for Photography is a new community space dedicated to both digital images and print photography that focus on the human condition.
“POYi is deeply honored to receive the support of the Annenberg Foundation, and inspired to partner with The Annenberg Space for Photography,” said POYi director Rick Shaw. “POYi treasures this opportunity with the Annenberg Foundation to celebrate the impact of documentary photography and engaging citizens with great photojournalism.”
POYi is the oldest and one of the most prestigious photojournalism programs in the world. RJI supports POYi educational workshops, archive development, and public exhibitions. Now in its 66th year, POYi sets the gold standard for documentary photography, reflecting the news events and social issues that influence our world.
POYi joins The Annenberg Space for Photography during its inaugural year at the newly constructed 10,000 square foot facility located in Los Angeles on Avenue of the Stars. The Photography Space will feature state-of-the-art digital projection gallery along with a traditional print exhibit area. The combination of these galleries will enable The Annenberg Space for Photography to present an unprecedented number of images annually to the general public in a dynamic environment, free to the general public.
The Annenberg Space for Photography aligns perfectly with the mission of the Annenberg Foundation. Its mission is to inform and inspire the public by connecting photographers, philanthropy, and the human experience through powerful imagery and stories. The Trustees believe that the experience of this art form and images exhibited there will further their vision as philanthropists for a better world. Established in 1989 by Walter H. Annenberg, the Annenberg Foundation provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally through its headquarters in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and offices in Los Angeles, California and Washington, D.C.
Located at the Missouri School of Journalism on the University of Missouri campus, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute was founded in 2004 by the Missouri School of Journalism with an initial grant of $31 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named.
More information: http://www.poyi.org