The results of this year’s World Press Photo Contest will be announced on Friday, 10 February 2012 at 11.00 a.m. (C.E.T.) during a press conference at the Boekmanzaal in the Amsterdam City Hall, Amstel 1. Following the announcement, the complete winners’ gallery will be published on this website.

Now in its 55th year, 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 judging is conducted at the World Press Photo office, where all entries are presented anonymously to the jury, who discusses and debates their merits over a period of two weeks. The jury operates independently, and a secretary without voting rights safeguards a fair procedure.

The contest draws entries by professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from across the world, with 5,247 photographers from 124 countries participating this year with 101,254 pictures submitted by the mid-January deadline.

2012 Photo Contest Jury
A group of 19 internationally recognized professionals in the field of photojournalism and documentary photography have convened in Amsterdam from 28 January until 9 February 2012 to judge the entries. The first and second round judging concluded on 2 February and the final rounds started on Friday 3 February.

Video interviews with the chairs of the four specialized juries, with observations of the early rounds can be viewed in our video library. The members of the final jury will attend the press conference at the Amsterdam City Hall in person on 10 February.

Chair: Aidan Sullivan, UK, vice president of photo assignments for Getty Images

•  Koji Aoki, Japan, chief photographer Aflo Sport / Aflo Dite and president Aflo Co., Ltd.

•  Nina Berman, USA, photographer Noor

•  Manoocher Deghati, France/Iran, regional photo manager AP for Middle East

•  Renata Ferri, Italy, photo editor Io Donna – Corriere della Sera and Amica - RCS MediaGroup

•  Koyo Kouoh, Cameroon, founder and artistic director Raw Material Company

•  Andrei Polikanov, Russia, director of photography Russian Reporter magazine

•  Steve Pyke, UK, artist and photographer

•  Joel Sartore, USA, contributing photographer National Geographic magazine


The first round jury for the news and documentary categories consisted of:

Chair: Aidan Sullivan, UK, vice president of photo assignments for Getty Images

•  Monica Allende, Spain, photo editor The Sunday Times Magazine

•  Patrick Baz, Lebanon/France, photo manager AFP for Middle East

•  Pablo Corral Vega, Ecuador, director

•  Ami Vitale, USA, photographer and filmmaker Panos Pictures/Ripple Effect Images


The first and second round in Nature were judged by:

Chair: Joel Sartore, USA, contributing photographer National Geographic magazine

•  Daniel Beltrá, Spain, conservation photographer

•  Sophie Stafford, UK, editor BBC Wildlife Magazine


The first and second rounds in Portraits were judged by:

Chair: Steve Pyke, UK, artist and photographer

•  W.M. Hunt, USA, strategist at Dancing B

•  Dana Lixenberg, the Netherlands, photographer


The first and second rounds in Sports were judged by:

Chair: Koji Aoki, Japan, chief photographer Aflo Sport / Aflo Dite and president Aflo Co., Ltd.

•  Al Bello, USA, chief photographer sport Getty Images for North America

•  Nicole Becker, Germany, senior photo editor sport DPA


The secretary for the News and Documentary categories and for the finals jury was Daphné Anglès (France/USA), European photo assignments editor The New York Times.

Stephen Mayes (UK), managing director VII Photo Agency, acted as secretary for the specialist categories Nature, Portraits and Sports.

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. In addition, Canon will donate a Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera and lens kit to the photographer of the World Press Photo of the year 2011. The annual Awards Days, a two-day celebration of the prizewinners, takes place in Amsterdam on 20 and 21 April.

Launch of the new exhibition
The exhibition with the award-winning images will be open to the public at the Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein in Amsterdam on Friday, 20 April 2012. The exhibition in Amsterdam is sponsored by Delta Lloyd. This exhibition will be on show until 17 June 2012 and will travel to some 100 cities in 45 different countries around the world. 

2012 Multimedia Contest
The winners of the second Multimedia Contest will be announced online on 15 March 2012. The judges will convene in Amsterdam at the beginning of March. The 2012 Multimedia Contest jury is chaired by director Vincent Laforet, France/USA.

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

Editors please note:

A selection of the winning images of the Photo Contest will be available for publication at the press conference and from 11 a.m. (C.E.T.) on 10 February 2012 on the international wire services. It is also possible to download the images from our press download area at

Please register at the press download area before 10 February 2012.

Please contact Ms. Barbara Bufkens at or tel: +31 (0)20 676 6096, for additional information and requests for interviews with jury members.


About World Press Photo

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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The press department at World Press Photo, or tel. +31(0)20 676 6096.



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