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2012 World Press Photo Contest opens <br class="br_visual" />for submissions

2012 World Press Photo Contest opens
for submissions

© Seamus Murphy/VII

December 2011

The 2012 World Press Photo Contest is now open for entries. The annual contest is the world’s largest for professional press photographers and photojournalists.

The deadline for submissions is 12 January 2012, 23:59 (Central European Time). Entries may be submitted online. Registration for a login is possible until 6 January 2012, 23:59 (CET). The entry rules, a description of the categories and instructions on how to enter are available on the contest website in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Single pictures as well as photo stories/portfolios are accepted in the following nine categories: Spot News, General News, People in the News, Sports, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Arts and Entertainment, Portraits and Nature. In 2011, a record 108,059 images were entered by 5,691 photographers, representing 125 different nationalities. Above is one of the winning pictures (2nd Prize Singles, People in the News) taken by VII’s Seamus Murphy. It shows Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, emerging from a panel discussion at the University of London.

The 2012 jury (members listed below) will judge the entries of the photo contest at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 28 January until 9 February 2012. The results of the contest will be announced on 10 February 2010 in a press conference at the Amsterdam City Hall.


  • David Friend: USA, editor of creative development, Vanity Fair


  • Monica Allende: Spain, photo editor, The Sunday Times Magazine
  • Koji Aoki: Japan, chief photographer, Aflo Sport/Aflo Dite and president Aflo Co. Ltd.
  • Patrick Baz: Lebanon/France, photo manager, Agence France-Presse (AFP) for Middle East
  • Nicole Becker: Germany, senior photo, editor sports Deutsche Presse-Agentur
  • Al Bello: USA, chief photographer sport, Getty Images for North America
  • Daniel Beltrá: Spain, conservation photographer
  • Nina Berman: USA, photographer Noor
  • Pablo Corral Vega: Ecuador, director,
  • Manoocher Deghati: France/Iran, regional photo manager, The Associated Press (AP) for Middle East
  • Renata Ferri: Italy, photo editor, Io Donna – Il Corriere della Sera
  • William Hunt: USA, strategist at Dancing B
  • Dana Lixenberg: The Netherlands, photographer
  • Andrei Polikanov: Russia, director of photography, Russian Reporter magazine
  • Steve Pyke: UK, artist and photographer
  • Joel Sartore: USA, contributing photographer National Geographic magazine
  • Sophie Stafford: UK, editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine
  • Ami Vitale: USA, photographer and filmmaker, Panos Photos/Ripple Effect Images


  • Daphné Anglès: France/USA, European photo assignments editor, The New York Times
  • Stephen Mayes: UK, managing director, VII Photo Agency

The jury gives first, second and third prizes in all categories. First prize winners in each category receive a cash prize of €1,500. The premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, carries a cash prize of €10,000. The annual Awards Days, a celebration of the prizewinners, takes place in Amsterdam at the end of April 2012.

2012 Multimedia Contest

In 2011, World Press Photo organised its first annual contest for the best multimedia storytelling in visual journalism. The second edition in 2012 opens for contestants on 8 December 2012.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.