There are nearly 50 judging categories in the Pictures of the Year International competition, some of which cite a half dozen or more winners and finalists. Winning images are posted on the Web site as the two-week judging period moves along. But until the judging is finished, the school deliberately doesn’t announce the names of the photographers or where their work appeared. This is meant to ensure that judges in pending categories stick to photographic merits and don’t think things like, “Well, we can’t give another prize to The L.A. Times — they’ve already won enough.”
Provided to The New York Times
Impact 2010, award of excellence: The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and burned in the Gulf of Mexico, off Louisiana. April 20, 2010.
But it has become so easy to figure out the identities anyway, James Estrin said recently on Lens (“And the Winner Is — Anonymous“), that the purpose behind anonymity seems to have been defeated.
So it may seem a bit of a paradox that The Times submitted for prize consideration a breathtaking picture of the collapse of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico that was taken by someone whose identity the newspaper has not divulged, for his protection as a worker in the region. The photograph won an award of excellence in the Impact 2010 category, as “Anonymous, ‘Untitled.”"
Winners of the Sixty-Eighth Annual
Pictures of the Year International Competition