The World Press Photo Contest

The annual photo contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism.

Whether entered as singles or stories, these pictures are judged in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights about our world.

The contest is organized into categories, and judged by a jury comprising leading photojournalism professionals. The membership of the jury changes every year, and is led by a chair and supported by a secretary who implements the rigorous judging procedures. The jury, chair, and secretary are independent of the World Press Photo Foundation. The staff, board, and partners of the World Press Photo Foundation cannot direct the jury’s decisions.

Timeline

  • November 2017: Details about the contest, as well as the jury members' names, announced.
  • December 2017: The contest website opens for entries.
  • January 2018: Registration for the contest website closes.
  • January 2018: The contest website closes.
  • February 2018: Winners announced.
  • April 2018: All winners are invited to the World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism in Amsterdam.

Prizes

The prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million people each year. The winning pictures are also published in the yearbook, which is available in multiple languages, and can be purchased in our store. All award winners are brought to Amsterdam in April to receive their prize during the World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism, a two-day event featuring photographer presentations, screenings, talks, and the Awards Ceremony. Read more about the prizes.

History

The World Press Photo Contest began in 1955 and you can browse the entire collection of prize-winning photos in the timeline.

How to enter

The 2017 contest is now closed for entries. Winners will be announced on 13 February. The 2018 Photo Contest will open in December 2017.

Find out how to enter and about contest categories. Read about entry rules and code of ethics, as well as information about the judging process and verification process.

Questions can be directed via email to Micha Bruinvels, Director of Contests, at contest@worldpressphoto.org

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