Mon, 12/09/2013 - 14:00
World Press Photo announces today the amendments to its 57th annual photo contest: there are some changes in the internal procedures to accommodate evolving practices in visual journalism.
As announced in October this year, the 2014 Photo Contest edition will include a number of changes in the internal judging procedure. Michiel Munneke, director World Press Photo further explains:
“We expect professional photojournalists to respect journalistic, ethical standards and not to tamper with the content of their pictures by adding or removing elements. To establish to what degree pictures have been enhanced in post-processing, we have tightened our protocols and will provide the jury members with expert advice to aid their decision making. The jury will consider the entries for their news value, composition and style and will look for originality as well as impact. In addition, independent experts will have examined all prizewinning work before the jury makes their final decisions. World Press Photo will facilitate this by requesting the unprocessed files from photographers in the later stages of the judging process. The experts will carry out a case-by-case analysis of the level of post-processing in the files that were entered in the contest by comparing them with the unprocessed files. The jury will have the experts’ report on file integrity available for making an assessment of what they regard permissible before entering the last judging rounds. If, for any reason, the experts are unable to examine all unprocessed files before the end of the judging period and anomalies in file integrity surface later, the prizewinning work may be disqualified from the contest.”
David Campbell, newly appointed as secretary for the next five years, reflects on the forthcoming contest: “The secretary’s primary function is to establish the conditions for the best possible outcome. This means you’re not beholden to particular individuals. In serving the process, you’re serving the wider community of professional photojournalists. They must have the confidence that the jury has been able to consider the entries fairly and that the best judgment was used. The regulations make clear that the jury has the right to question images if there is concern about their technical production. The entrants need to understand that questions will be asked and if they get to later rounds they will be required to provide the raw files of their entries. As secretary I will ensure that such questions are dealt with quickly and thoroughly. The jury goes by current industry standards and has the last word.”
World Press Photo Contest
The annual World Press Photo Contest is universally recognized as the world’s leading international contest for photojournalists, setting the standard for the profession. The contest draws entries by professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from across the world, with 103,481 pictures submitted by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries last year. The judging is conducted at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam, where all the submitted entries are presented anonymously to the jury members, who discuss and debate their merits over a period of two weeks. The jury operates independently, and a secretary without voting rights safeguards a fair procedure.
For further information on the photo contest set-up and the categories, please visit: www.worldpressphoto.org/2014-photo-contest
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.
World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.
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