Opening: 2 December 2019
Deadline: January 14, 2020
Entry fee: Free
Conditions: only open to professional photographers
Prizes: €10,000, valuable prizes, publications and exhibitions
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 organized 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 two secretaries who implement the rigorous judging procedures.
- Contemporary Issues
Single pictures or stories documenting cultural, political or social issues affecting individuals or societies.
Single pictures or stories documenting human impact, positive or negative, on the environment.
- General News
Single pictures or stories reporting on news topics and their aftermaths.
- Long-Term Projects
A project on a single theme that has been shot over at least three different years.
Single pictures or stories showing flora, fauna and landscapes in their natural state.
Single pictures or stories of individuals or groups either in observed or posed portraits.
Single pictures, stories or portfolios that capture individual or team sports.
- Spot News
Single pictures or stories witnessing news moments or immediate events.
- 2 December 2019: 2020 Photo Contest opens for entries. Enter here.
- 9 January 2020: Registration deadline 12.00 noon CET.
- 14 January 2020: Submission deadline 12.00 noon CET.
- 16 April 2020: Nominees are invited to the Awards Show in Amsterdam.
- 17-18 April 2020: Nominees are invited to attend the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam.
The winners of the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year awards will receive €10,000 each. This means all contest winners will share in prizes totaling more than €130,000 in value.
All nominees are invited to Amsterdam in April to receive their prize at the annual Awards Show. This takes place just before the World Press Photo Festival, an event to which winners are invited, featuring presentations, screenings, workshops and meetups.
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 a yearbook, which is available in multiple languages.