POYi Latin America

We are on our way to Ecuador for the first competition of Latin American photographers — very exciting. It’s been 17 years since we traveled to photograph “Descubriendo Ecuador” a book that captured the people and landscapes.

Nearly 14,000 images from 635 photographers entered POYi work of Latin America—from Chile, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Brazil, Venizuela, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Uruguay, Argentina, Cuba, Panama and Dominican Republic—have we missed any? Apologies – we will update as we learn more.

The judges are Ruth Eichhorn, Melissa Farlow, Claudi Carreras Gullien, Francisco Mata Roasas, Walter Astrada and alternate judge and rapporteur Iata Cannabraza. The judging takes place in Quito from March 14 to 18, 2011 and will be broadcast live.
Although many have worked to organize this first judging, a special mention goes to Pablo Corral Vega and Loup Langton who conceived the idea, and found a sponsor, the Knight Center for International Media.
Latin American photojournalists began connecting through a social network to provide a place to share ideas and work. The group has grown to nearly 2,000 members who post portfolios and discuss various topics in their forums.

Pablo Corral Vega began coordinating with friends and colleagues and began the site two years ago that regularly posts portfolios and current work. Impressive.