Photo Contest Categories

Contemporary Issues

Single pictures (CI) or stories (CIS) documenting cultural, political or social issues affecting individuals or societies.

  • All single pictures must have been shot in 2017.
  • All story pictures must have been shot in 2016 or 2017. At least one picture in a story must have been shot in 2017 or first published in 2017.
  • Story entries must contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures shot in 2017 will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Environment

Single pictures (EN) or stories (ENS) documenting human impact, positive or negative, on the environment.

  • All single pictures must have been shot in 2017.
  • All story pictures must have been shot in 2016 or 2017. At least one picture in a story must have been shot in 2017 or first published in 2017.
  • Story entries must contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures shot in 2017 will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

General News

Single pictures (GN) or stories (GNS) reporting on news topics and their aftermaths.

  • All single pictures and stories must have been shot in 2017.
  • Story entries must contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures (single pictures and pictures within stories) will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Long­-Term Projects

A project on a single theme that has been shot over at least three different years.

  • Entries will contain between 24 and 30 pictures.
  • An entry must contain pictures from at least three different years, and a minimum of four pictures must have been shot in 2017.
  • Entries in this category will only be judged as a body of work and single pictures cannot be moved to another category.
  • Single pictures are not eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Nature

Single pictures (NA) or stories (NAS) showing flora, fauna and landscapes in their natural state.

  • All single pictures must have been shot in 2017.
  • All story pictures must have been shot in 2016 or 2017. At least one picture in a story must have been shot in 2017 or first published in 2017.
  • Story entries must contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures shot in 2017 will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

People

Single pictures (PO) or stories (POS) of individuals or groups either in observed or posed portraits.

  • All single pictures must have been shot in 2017.
  • All story pictures must have been shot in 2016 or 2017. At least one picture in a story must have been shot in 2017 or first published in 2017.
  • Story entries must contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures shot in 2017 will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Sports

Single pictures (SP) or stories (SPS) that capture individual or team sports.

  • All single pictures and stories must have been shot in 2017.
  • Story entries must contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures (single pictures and pictures within stories) will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Spot News

Single pictures (SN) or stories (SNS) witnessing news moments or immediate events.

  • All single pictures and stories must have been shot in 2017. 
  • Story entries must contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures (single pictures and pictures within stories) will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.