2020 World Press Photo Contest
Our annual contests recognize and celebrate the best visual journalism produced over the last year. An independent jury selects the prize-winning photographs and productions, which are later assembled into our annual exhibition. Our annual Photo Contest and Digital Storytelling Contest are now open for entries. Both contests are free to enter and open to professional visual journalists.
The 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 Digital Storytelling Contest, open to short documentary film and interactive productions, recognizes and rewards forms of visual storytelling enabled by digital technologies.
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.
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
In addition, nominees are often featured in major publications and invited to speak at public events, exhibition openings, and lectures throughout the year.
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.
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.
Both awards carry a cash prize of 10,000 euros, as well as return airfare and hotel accommodation for travel to Amsterdam during World Press Photo Festival. The winners also receive a World Press Photo of the Year Award/World Press Photo Story of the Year Award, created by Gijs Bakker, a Golden Eye Award and a diploma.
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.
Copyrights & Usage Rights:
We will use winning images for the production of our book and exhibition.