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Welcome to our Press Center. Our most recent press releases are listed below in descending chronological order. Click the red arrow in the Downloads box on the right to view our press kits that are available for the media. Under Highlights are a selection of featured videos, which can be embedded on your website.

Aidan Sullivan to replace David Friend as jury chair

Aidan Sullivan, vice president of photo assignments for Getty Images, will chair the 2012 World Press Photo Photo Contest jury. He takes over the task from David Friend who has been forced to pull out for medical reasons.

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2012 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest is now open for entries

World Press Photo is now accepting entries for the 2012 contest for the best multimedia storytelling in visual journalism. Organized for the second time, this year’s contest is open for photographers, publications and multimedia producers to enter their work to be judged by an international, nine-member jury of experts.

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Call for Entries: 2012 World Press Photo Contest open for submissions

World Press Photo invites all press photographers and photojournalists around the world to participate in the 55th World Press Photo Contest. The annual Photo Contest is the largest contest in the world for professional press photographers and photojournalists. The 2012 World Press Photo Contest is now open for entries.

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Stephen Ferry to receive the first Tim Hetherington Grant

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch are pleased to announce that the American photographer Stephen Ferry has been awarded the first Tim Hetherington Grant, set up to celebrate the legacy of the photojournalist and filmmaker killed in Libya earlier this year. The annual grant of €20.000 was given for Ferry’s project “’Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict”, chosen by a selection committee from among 222 applications by photographers of 56 nationalities.

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2012 Contest update: Photo Contest specialist category chairs announced; Multimedia Contest will be open for entries

World Press Photo is proud to announce the jury chairs for the specialized categories in the 2012 photo contest: Steve Pyke (Portraits), Joel Sartore (Nature) and Koji Aoki (Sports). David Friend will chair the overall final jury, as well as the first round of the News and Documentary category. Following the photo contest in February, the second multimedia contest will be judged in March, and will be open for entries by participants themselves.

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World Press Photo launches new book Next #01

World Press Photo is proud to present the new book Next #01. This first edition of Next is a showcase of the work of the participants of the annual Joop Swart Masterclass. World Press Photo believes in top-quality photojournalism that can inform us, open our eyes to new perspectives and inspire understanding of the world around us. Next #01 embodies this in the fresh outlook shown by these young photographers.

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Tim Hetherington Grant announced by World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch announced that they have set up a joint initiative to honor the late Tim Hetherington. The first recipient of the Tim Hetherington grant will be announced on 7 November.

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World Press Photo launches new website

Today World Press Photo has launched a new website as a step forward in its strategy to invest in online initiatives to fulfill its mission. Under the motto: 'We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism', the new site is designed to showcase the award-winning photography in a wider context than before, and also to provide a platform for educational resources and publishing activities under the new Academy section.

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Beirut exhibition closes early

World Press Photo decided to close its exhibition in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday, ten days in advance of the official closing date. The presence of prize-winning work by an Israeli photojournalist in the exhibition had sparked protests locally and the Beirut exhibition organizers felt they could no longer guarantee the safety of the visitors or the exhibit itself, if the pictures remained on display.

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Davide Monteleone wins Follow Your Convictions grant

World Press Photo and Maurice Lacroix are pleased to announce that the Italian photographer Davide Monteleone has received the first Follow Your Convictions grant for his project Reversed See.

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