About the contest

For over 55 years the World Press Photo contest has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism.

The contest creates a bridge linking the professionals with the general public. As the announcement of the winners makes headlines around the world, so the inspirational role of photojournalism is highlighted to an audience of hundreds of millions.

All the prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year, and published in our yearbook. Over two million people go to a hundred different venues to see the images, and our yearbook is published in seven languages and distributed worldwide.

The contest is judged by leading experts in visual journalism who represent various aspects of the profession. The composition of the jury is changed from year to year, they operate independently, and a secretary who has no vote safeguards our fair and balanced judging procedure.

Our archive of winning images is not only a record of more than half a century of human history, but a showcase of successive styles in photojournalism.

how to
enter the
photo and

A look into the setup of the photo contest judging.


The prizes for the photo and multimedia contests

Awards Days

About the annual celebration of photojournalism

The World Press Photo Contest archive

Over 10,000 award-winning images since 1955

About the 2013 Photo Contest

470,214 Pictures Later

A talk by Stephen Mayes