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World Press Photo Contests 2021 for Photographers Worldwide: Apply by Jan 13: Expired


Entries are now invited for the World Press Photo Contests 2021 for photographers worldwide.
The annual World Press 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 eight categories, and judged by a jury of leading professionals. The membership of the jury changes every year. The General Jury 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.


The World Press Photo Contest invites entries into the following eight categories:

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

The winners of the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year awards receive €5,000 each. All winning photographers will be invited to a small online festival including the winners announcement, presentations, lectures and networking opportunities for the winners to connect to a selected group of jurors, editors and industry professionals.
The prize-winning photographs are assembled into a worldwide year-long exhibition. The winning pictures are also published on World Press Photo’s website, across our social media platforms, and in our annual yearbook, which is available in multiple languages.

Eligibility Criteria

The World Press Photo contest is only open to professional photographers. Every entrant needs to provide a document with a valid date that proves their current professional status. Examples of documents that count as proof include, but are not limited to:

  • a recent letter of reference (must be from 2019 or 2020) from a photo agency, photo editor, media organization or publication; OR
  • membership document from a recognized photographic association that show photographer is a professional member; OR
  • at least 1 tear-sheet showing your picture/s from 2019 or 2020, with your name visible as credit, in either online or print format from a recognized media organization or publication; OR
  • journalism union membership card;  OR
  • press card.

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.

Submission Rules
  1. Pictures must not show the name of the photographer, agency, or publication, or any other information (these details can be included in the metadata of the pictures but must not be visible on the picture itself).
  2. Pictures taken at restricted events (that is, events where only photographers commissioned by those organising the event, for example governments, political parties or corporations have access), are not accepted.
  3. All pictures must have accurate captions, written in English only, and contain all the information described in the guidance on captions.
  4. Only single exposure and single frame pictures will be accepted.
  5.  The content of a picture must not be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting or removing people and/or objects from within the frame
How to Apply?

Interested candidates can submit their entries by clicking here. The last date to submit your entries is January 13, 2021.
For full notification, click the link below.

World Press Photo Contests 2021 for Photographers Worldwide


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