David Burnett to chair 2011 World Press Contest

World Press Photo invites all press photographers and photojournalists around the world to participate in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest. The annual competition is the largest press photography contest in the world. The 2011 World Press Photo Contest will be open for entries starting on 1 December 2010.

The deadline for submissions is 13 January 2011, 23.59 CET. Entries may only be submitted online via our web entry site. A user name and password are required to enter and may be requested from 1 December 2010 onwards. The deadline for requesting a user name and password is 7 January 2011, 23.59 CET. Visit www.worldpressphoto.org/contest for more information.

The jury chair of the 2011 World Press Photo Contest will be David Burnett (USA), a photojournalist and founding member of Contact Press Images. David Burnett began working as a freelancer for Time, and later at Life magazine in the 1960s. His work for news magazines in Europe and the USA has included politics, sports, and portraiture as well as the news. His awards include Magazine Photographer of the Year from the Pictures of the Year Competition, the World Press Photo of the Year 1980 and the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club. Burnett also chaired the World Press Photo jury in 1999. The announcement of the complete jury will follow shortly.

An international jury of leading professionals in the field of photojournalism worldwide will be judging the entries at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam from 29 January until 10 February 2011. The results will be announced at 11 AM (CET) on 11 February in a press conference at the Amsterdam City Hall and on this website.

The prize-winning pictures will be presented in an exhibition that will travel to approximately 100 cities in 45 countries, starting in Amsterdam at the end of April. A yearbook published in six languages offers an inside in the winning pictures as well.

In the 2010 contest, 5,847 photographers from 128 countries participated submitting a total of 101,960 photographs.

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

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.

For further information, please contact:

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

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