Photo Contest Categories

Contemporary Issues

  • Single pictures (CI) or stories (CIS) documenting cultural, economic, environmental, political or social issues.
  • All single pictures must have been shot in 2016.
  • Story entries will contain between 2 and 10 pictures. All story pictures must have been shot in 2015 or 2016. At least one picture in a story must have been shot in 2016 or first published in 2016.
  • All pictures shot in 2016 will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Daily Life

  • Single pictures (DL) or stories (DLS) documenting either the ordinary or extraordinary elements in everyday life that are not normally considered news.
  • All single pictures must have been shot in 2016.
  • Story entries will contain between 2 and 10 pictures. All story pictures must have been shot in 2015 or 2016. At least one picture in a story must have been shot in 2016 or first published in 2016.
  • All pictures shot in 2016 will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

General News

  • Single pictures (GN) or stories (GNS) reporting on news topics and their aftermaths.
  • All single pictures and stories must have been shot in 2016.
  • Story entries will contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures (single pictures and pictures within stories) will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

LongĀ­-Term Projects

A project on a single theme that has been shot by an individual photographer or a group of two or more photographers over at least three different years. Entries will contain between 24 and 30 pictures. It must contain pictures from at least three different years, and a minimum of four pictures must have been shot in 2016. Entries in this category will only be judged as a body of work and single pictures cannot be moved to another category. Single pictures are not eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Nature

  • Single pictures (NA) or stories (NAS) of flora, fauna, or landscapes.
  • All single pictures must have been shot in 2016.
  • Story entries will contain between 2 and 10 pictures. All story pictures must have been shot in 2015 or 2016. At least one picture in a story must have been shot in 2016 or first published in 2016.
  • All pictures shot in 2016 will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

People

  • Single pictures (PO) or stories (POS) portraying individuals or groups of people.
  • All single pictures must have been shot in 2016.
  • Story entries will contain between 2 and 10 pictures. All story pictures must have been shot in 2015 or 2016. At least one picture in a story must have been shot in 2016 or first published in 2016.
  • All pictures shot in 2016 will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Sports

  • Single pictures (SP) or stories (SPS) that capture individual or team sports.
  • All single pictures and stories must have been shot in 2016.
  • Story entries will contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures (single pictures and pictures within stories) will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Spot News

  • Single pictures (SN) or stories (SNS) witnessing news moments or immediate events.
  • All single pictures and stories must have been shot in 2016.
  • Story entries will contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures (single pictures and pictures within stories) will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.