Pictures of the Year contest honors Iranian photog Baqqal-Asghari 

February 26, 2019

TEHRAN – Iranian photographer Mohammad Baqqal-Asghari has won a second prize at the 76th Pictures of the Year International Competition (POY) in the U.S.

He received the award for his series “Victims of Family Marriage” in the Issue Reporting Picture Story category, the organizers announced on Friday.

The collection depicts a number of disabled children, who are the consequences of marriage between close relatives in Iran. 

First prize in this category was presented to Alessandro Cinque from Italy for his collection “Espinar, Broken Land”, while Ignacio Marin from Spain received third prize for his series “Hunger Crimes”.

Earlier last week, Iranian photographer Jalal Shamsazaran won the Environmental Vision Award of the competition for his collection “The Wind Will Take Us Away” last week.

As world’s oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program and contest, POY is organized annually by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.

Judging photos and selecting winners and photographers of the year in different categories will continue until March 1.

Photo: A photo from Iranian photographer Mohammad Baqqal-Asghari’s series “Victims of Family Marriage”.

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