<p><strong>A man hauls a shark to market in Aden, <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/yemen-guide/">Yemen</a>, in a photo by Yuri Kozyrev for <a href="http://www.time.com/time/"><em>Time </em>magazine</a>. The image is among the winners—11 of them presented here—of this year's <a href="http://www.poyi.org/">Pictures of the Year International (POYi) contest</a>. </strong></p><p>The contest judges "liked the quality of light," POYi director <a href="http://poyi.org/DirectorBio.html">Rick Shaw</a> said. "They liked the connection of the subject's eyes with the audience, and also how the shark's fin frames and composes the people in the background."</p><p>Organized by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the <a href="http://journalism.missouri.edu/">Missouri School of Journalism</a>, the annual contest began in 1944 to showcase photography taken during World War II.</p><p>Today its mission remains "to empower the world's best documentary photography, to provide a visual portrayal of society, and to foster an understanding of the issues facing our civilization," according to the organizers.</p><p><em>—Ker Than</em></p>

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A man hauls a shark to market in Aden, Yemen, in a photo by Yuri Kozyrev for Time magazine. The image is among the winners—11 of them presented here—of this year's Pictures of the Year International (POYi) contest.

The contest judges "liked the quality of light," POYi director Rick Shaw said. "They liked the connection of the subject's eyes with the audience, and also how the shark's fin frames and composes the people in the background."

Organized by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, the annual contest began in 1944 to showcase photography taken during World War II.

Today its mission remains "to empower the world's best documentary photography, to provide a visual portrayal of society, and to foster an understanding of the issues facing our civilization," according to the organizers.

—Ker Than

Photograph courtesy Yuri Kozyrev for Time via POYi

Photos: Pictures of the Year Announced

See this year's winners of the global photo contest that aims to "empower the world's best documentary photography."

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