World Press Photo Contest

Deadline: 11 January 2017
Open to: interested professional photographers
Prize: winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition and sponsored trip to Amsterdam


The annual 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

The contest is organised into categories, and judged by a jury comprising leading photojournalism professionals. The membership of the jury changes every year and 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 is opened for interested professional photographers.


  • 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 yearbook, which is available in multiple languages and can be purchased in our store;
  • All award winners are brought to Amsterdam in April to receive their prize during the World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism, a two-day event featuring photographer presentations, screenings, talks, and the Awards Ceremony.

How to apply?

The 2017 contest is now open for entries. Entries can only be submitted via the entry website

Learn more on how to enter and about the categories, as well as information about the judging process and verification process.

For more information please visit the official website.

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