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World Press Photo Contests: 2017 jury announced

World Press Photo Contests: 2017 jury announced

© Frank van Beek

November 2016

Magnum Photos photographer Stuart Franklin has been revealed as the World Press Photo Contest jury chair. Joining him to judge the prestigious contest will be some of the best photographers and editors in the business, who will begin the task of judging the 2017 Photo and Digital Storytelling contests on 16 January 2017, with the winners announced on 13 February 2017.

Revealing the contest juries, World Press Photo Foundation Managing Director Lars Boering commented: “Appointing highly qualified, experienced and diverse jurors to judge our digital storytelling and photo contest is one of the great responsibilities of our organization.”

© Matt Stuart

The World Press Photo Contest jury chair for 2017 is Magnum Photos’ Stuart Franklin, the agency’s former president and himself a World Press Photo award-winning photographer.

Boering continued: “This year, we are running our digital storytelling and photo contests simultaneously for the first time, and we approached the best practitioners in the field to assemble the 39 individuals taking on this great task. With 23 men and 16 women from 23 countries, this is a fantastic group of jurors offering a good representation of professional visual journalism. Appointing an esteemed chair for the annual photo contest is essential, and in Stuart Franklin we have one of photojournalism’s great practitioners and thinkers. Once appointed, the juries operate independently of the foundation, and we are excited to see the outcome of their deliberations in February.”

The annual photo contest, which has been running since 1955, rewards photographers for the best single-exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. The photo contest has a code of ethics and strict rules on manipulation. The contest will open for entries on 1 December 2016 and Franklin will be joined by a group of professionals in four specialist juries and the general jury.

Judging the 2017 World Press Photo Contest is an intensive two-week process. Details of the procedures and voting system, along with the code of ethics, rules, categories, and guidance on what is not acceptable with regards to manipulation, were revealed on CPN here. In the first week of judging, the work is done by four specialist juries, consisting of:

News and Documentary:

  • Chair: Stuart Franklin, UK, photographer Magnum Photos
  • Yumi Goto, Japan, independent photography curator
  • Claudi Carreras Guillén, Spain, independent curator, editor and photography researcher
  • Andrei Polikanov, Russia, visual director Takie Dela online media
  • Kira Pollack, USA, director of photography and visual enterprise Time


  • Chair: Kelli Reed Grant, USA, photography director Yahoo News
  • Olivier Michon, France, managing director L'Equipe
  • Adam Pretty, Australia, photographer


  • Chair: Christian Ziegler, Germany, photographer
  • Luciano Candisani, Brazil, nature photojournalist
  • Helen Gilks, UK, managing director Nature Picture Library


  • Chair: Wim van Sinderen, the Netherlands, senior curator The Hague Museum of Photography
  • Marco Grob, Switzerland, photographer
  • Susan White, USA, photography director Vanity Fair

In the second week, Franklin will be joined by the chairs of the specialist juries, plus five new members, to make up the general jury:

  • Chair: Stuart Franklin, UK, photographer Magnum Photos
  • Mary F. Calvert, USA, independent photojournalist
  • Kelli Reed Grant, USA, photography director Yahoo News
  • Eman Mohammed, Palestine, photographer and multimedia photojournalist
  • Aïda Muluneh, Ethiopia, managing director Desta For Africa Creative Consulting PLC
  • João Silva, Portugal/South Africa, staff photographer The New York Times
  • Wim van Sinderen, the Netherlands, senior curator The Hague Museum of Photography
  • Goran Tomasevic, Serbia, chief photographer East Africa Reuters
  • Christian Ziegler, Germany, photographer


  • David Griffin, USA, owner DGriffinStudio
  • Maria Mann, USA, EPA Consultant International Relations


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 annual yearbook, which is available in multiple languages. Award winners have their travel and lodging paid for by the World Press Photo Foundation to Amsterdam so they can attend the World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism, a two-day event taking place 20-22 April 2017 featuring photographer presentations, screenings, and talks. They also receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award at the Awards Ceremony.

How to enter the 2017 Photo Contest?

The 2017 World Press Photo Contest will be open for professional photographers to enter their work on 1 December 2016. A username and password are required to enter and must be requested before 6 January 2017, 12.00 (noon) CET.

The 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest

The Digital Storytelling Contest rewards those producing the best forms of visual journalism enabled by digital technologies and the spread of the Internet. The contest is open to digital storytellers, visual journalists and producers, with submissions that include the work of a professional visual journalist.

The contest has four categories and is judged online. Details of the categories, entry rules and judging process are available here. The members of the specialist juries are:

Short Form:

  • Chair: DJ Clark, UK, multimedia producer China Daily
  • Lela Ahmadzai, Germany, multimedia journalist and photographer
  • Maite Alberdi, Chile, filmmaker
  • Jon Petter Evensen, Norway, assistant professor Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  • Ayman Oghanna, UK, independent digital journalist

Long Form:

  • Chair: Liza Faktor, Russia, producer and co-founder Screen
  • Uwe H. Martin, Germany, photographer and producer Bombay Flying Club
  • Luke Moody, UK, director of film programming Sheffield Documentary Festival
  • Amanda Pike, USA, executive producer Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Shaul Schwarz, Israel, director

Immersive Storytelling:

  • Chair: Katerina Cizek, Canada, artistic director MIT Open Documentary Lab
  • Dan Archer, UK, director Empathetic Media
  • Sara Kolster, the Netherlands, interaction design and digital storytelling
  • Devjyot Goshal, India, multimedia journalist and editor Quartz
  • Matteo Moretti, Italy, designer and researcher Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Innovative Storytelling:

  • Chair: Alexandre Brachet, France, producer UPIAN
  • Josh Begley, USA, data artist and web developer Field of Vision
  • Hayoun Kwon, South Korea, co-founder and executive producer InnerspaceVR
  • Marcelle Hopkins, USA, executive producer 360 news New York Times
  • Hugues Sweeney, Canada, executive producer NFC

Winners in each category are invited to the World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism, a two-day event taking place 20-22 April 2017 featuring photographer presentations, screenings, and talks in Amsterdam. A representative from each of the winning productions will have their travel and lodging paid for by the World Press Photo Foundation. The winners in each category will receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award, presented during the annual Awards Ceremony.

How to enter the 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest

Entries open 1 December 2016 and close on 6 January 2017, 12.00 (noon) CET. Entrants must register and submit online at the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest entry website. The link for the entry site will be available on 1 December 2016.

For those registered, the deadline for submissions is 11 January 2017, 12.00 (noon) CET. Entries may only be submitted online via the World Press Photo contest entry website. The link for this site will be available on 1 December 2016.

About the World Press Photo Foundation

The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting visual journalism. Through one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling, an exhibition seen by more than four million people worldwide each year, and extensive research and training programs, it strives to inspire, engage, educate, and support both visual journalists and their global audience with fresh insights and new perspectives. Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon. There are also a range of collaborations with the World Press Photo Associates, the Friends of World Press Photo, and other partners.