Photo Contest
  • April 16 - 18, 2020
  • Amsterdam

An international jury selects the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year and gives first, second, and third prizes in all categories in the World Press Photo Contest.

The World Press Photo of the Year honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in that year. It has come to be regarded as the most prestigious international award for photojournalism in the world.

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The World Press Photo Story of the Year award honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills produced a story with excellent editing and sequencing that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance that year.

The World Press Photo Contest recognizes the best visual journalism and awards visual stories in eight categories:

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Environment
  • General News
  • Long-Term Projects
  • Nature
  • Portraits
  • Sports
  • Spot News

The first World Press Photo award, back in 1955, came about when some members of the Dutch photojournalists’ union (NVF) had the idea of turning a national competition—the Zilveren Camera—into an international one. The new international contest marked the 25th anniversary of the NVF, with a public exhibition to be held in December 1955. Almost immediately, the step was taken from organizing a one-off event to creating an annual contest – and one has been held almost every year since then. Since that very first contest, winning pictures have been put together into an exhibition.

2020 Contest Timeline

    • 2 December 2019: 2020 Photo Contest opens for entries
    • 9 January 2020: Registration deadline
    • 14 January 2020: Submission deadline
    • 16 April 2020: Nominees are invited to the Awards Show in Amsterdam
    • 17-18 April 2020: Nominees are invited to attend the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam

Location:

Online

Benefits

All nominated photographers of the photo contest receive:

  • Inclusion in the World Press Photo year-long exhibition, which travels to 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million people each year
  • Inclusion in the annual collectible yearbook, available in multiple languages with a worldwide distribution of more than 30,000
  • Invitation, return airfare, and hotel accommodation for the annual networking event, the World Press Photo Festival, in Amsterdam
  • A diploma and Golden Eye Award, presented at the annual Awards Ceremony during the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam
  • Feature in major publications and invited to speak at public events, exhibition openings, and lectures throughout the year.

Eligibilities

  • The World Press Photo contest is only open to professional photographers. Every entrant needs to provide a valid document that proves their current professional status.
  • Team entries of two or more photographers are allowed. Per team member proof of professional status must be provided.
  • The photographer(s) must be the author(s) of the pictures submitted in his/her/their name.
  • The photographer(s), or the agent or representative entering on their behalf, must be the copyright holder(s) or have been authorized by the copyright holder(s) to submit the pictures.
  • A picture can only be entered once, either as a single picture or as part of a story, or as part of a body of work in Long-Term Projects.
  • Pictures submitted more than once will be removed from the contest.
  • Pictures can be submitted whether or not they have been published.
Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Process

  • Create a personal Picter account
  • On Picter, register for the 2020 World Press Photo Contest. As an individual photographer, this requires your personal data as well as the proof of your professional status. You can also submit the work of other photographers as an entry coordinator. Registration ends on 9 January 2020.
  • While your status as a professional is under review, you can already upload your images, add captions, metadata, and other information. World Press Photo reserves the right to ask for additional information to help clarify the professional status.
  • Until the submission period closes on 14 January 2020, you can always log back into your account and edit your submission.

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Application Deadline: January 9, 2020

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