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World Press Photo contests open for entries

World Press Photo contests open for entries

© Frank van Beek

December 2016

Starting today, December 1, 2016, visual journalists worldwide are invited to submit their best work to the prestigious World Press Photo Contests. Last year the Photo Contest received an impressive 82,951 submissions and an unexpected photograph, showing refugees struggling under moonlight, stole the show. It was an image taken by freelancer Warren Richardson at ISO 6400. World Press Photo judges saw the image as a symbol of 2015 and awarded it their highest honour in recognition of the photographer’s commitment to documenting the truth. Have you got a similar story to share?

© Frank van Beek
© Frank van Beek

David Guttenfelder presenting his long-term project documenting North Korea’s military events, ceremonies and the daily life of its citizens while at the World Press Photo Awards Days in April 2016.

Enter the 2017 Photo Contest

Now in its 60th year, the WPPh’s Photo Contest is accepting entries in a range of genres for single-exposure images which document 2016’s most pressing issues. New this year, Long-Term Projects will exist as one category and accept entries of 24-40 images from individuals as well as groups (two or more) of photographers. All submissions must comply with WPPh’s code of ethics. Details of how to avoid manipulation and caption images can be found here. Entrants must register online before January 6, 2017 at 12pm CET. The final deadline for entries is January 11, 2017 at 12pm CET.


The winner of the World Press Photo of the Year will receive a cash prize of €10,000 and camera equipment from Canon. WPPh will accomodate all winners in Amsterdam the Netherlands so they may attend the first ever World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism, taking place on April 20-22, and featuring photographer presentations, screenings and talks. The winning photographs will be shown in an exhibition that opens during the festival before travelling to 100 cities in 45 countries throughout the year. All winners will receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award at the Awards Ceremony.


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

© Frank van Beek
© Frank van Beek

Award-winning photojournalist Peter van Agtmael (left) speaks with colleagues during the World Press Photo Awards Days in April 2016. Posters from the campaign ‘Witness’ which was launched as World Press Photo’s publication on the online platform Medium last November can be seen hanging on the wall.

Enter the 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest

The WPPh Digital Storytelling Contest, formerly known as the multimedia contest, is dedicated to cutting-edge visual journalism. The contest rewards digital storytellers, visual journalists and producers who have made the best of digital storytelling in four categories: Long Form, Short Form, Immersive Storytelling and Innovative Storytelling. Entrants must register online to submit their work on the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest website here. The final deadline for entries is January 6, 2017 at 12pm CET.


As with the Photo Contest winners, WPPh will accomodate all winners of the Digital Storytelling Contest in Amsterdam the Netherlands so they may attend the first ever World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism, taking place April 20-22 and featuring photographer presentations, screenings, and talks. The winning stories will be shown in an exhibition that opens during the festival before travelling to select countries. All winners will receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award at the Awards Ceremony.

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: D J 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 Ghoshal, 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

For the first time, the winners of both the 2017 Photo Contest and the 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest will be announced together on February 13, 2017.

Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.