Best In Show Festival In West Palm To Feature Award-Winning Images From Pictures Of The Year International Competition

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by Alison Eckerle Jun 2015

Whether you’re a photographer or just love photography, the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Visions of Excellence exhibition is a must-see.

Hosted by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, the exhibition showcases 120 images honored in one of the most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world. The event will kick off June 26 with the 2015 Best in Show Festival, in which members of the public are invited to attend workshops and presentations by award-winning photographers.   

The festival, which runs through June 28, will start with a reception with 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa Krantz, whose work looked into one man’s battle with obesity. Photos of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, will also be exhibited by the photography staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which took home the Pulitzer for breaking news photography this year.

June 27 will include presentations by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch director of photography Lynden Steele and staff photographer Laurie Skrivan, both POYi winners.  A portfolio best practices forum on June 28 will cover websites, stock photography, getting assignment work and one-on-one portfolio reviews.

Though the festival only lasts one weekend, the exhibition will be available for viewing through Aug. 15.

Palm Beach Photographic Centre, 415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561.253.2600

Here are some of this year’s POYi winners:

“Hoofing It” ©Julian Herbert/Action Images via ZUMA24.com 

POYi 2015 Winner Sports Division/Sports Action Category

At Kempton Park Racecourse at Sunbury On Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, on July 2, 2014.

“World Cup Tears” ©Nicklas Larsson/Bildbryan via ZUMA24.com 

POYi 2015 Winner Sports Division/Sports Feature Category

Brazilian fans wept in reaction to a humiliating 7-1 loss on home soil on July 8, 2014.

“Bees at the Brink” ©Tom Wallace/Star Tribune via ZUMA  

POYi 2015 Winner EDITING Division/Print News & Issue Story Editing – Newspaper Category

Honeybees are dying nationwide and this photo was taken on the Charlie Garret Farm in Hamburg, Minnesota, on June 16, 2014.

“Ferguson Coverage” ©St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photography Staff via ZUMA24.com  

(POYi 2015 Winner News Division/News Picture Story – Newspaper Category

A demonstrator returns a tear gas container shot by tactical police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 13, 2014

“Home At Last” ©Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal via ZUMA Wire

POYi 2015 Photographer of the Year, 1st Place

Constance Lambert embraces her dog after finding it alive in her tornado-destroyed home in Tupelo, Mississippi, on April 28, 2014