Photo Contest Prizes

An international jury selects the World Press Photo of the Year and gives first, second, and third prizes in all categories.

All nominated photographers of the photo contest receive:

  • Inclusion in the World Press Photo year-long exhibition, which travels to 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million people each year
  • Inclusion in the annual collectible yearbook, available in multiple languages with a worldwide distribution of more than 30,000
  • Invitation, return airfare, and hotel accommodation for the annual networking event, the World Press Photo Festival, in Amsterdam
  • A diploma and Golden Eye Award, presented at the annual Awards Ceremony during the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam

In addition, nominees are often featured in major publications and invited to speak at public events, exhibition openings, and lectures throughout the year.

"This was, perhaps, one of the greatest experiences of my life thus far. An extraordinary few days at World Press Photo with some of the most talented, thoughtful and dynamic people in photography. I’m feeling so positive about the industry and all that lies ahead."—Pete Muller, 2015 Photo Contest winner, General News stories, 1st prize

World Press Photo of the Year

The World Press Photo of the Year honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in that year. It has come to be regarded as the most prestigious international award for photojournalism in the world.

The award carries a cash prize of 10,000 euros, as well as return airfare and hotel accommodation for travel to Amsterdam during World Press Photo Festival. The winner also receives a World Press Photo of the Year Award, created by Gijs Bakker, a selection of camera equipment provided by Canon, a Golden Eye Award and a diploma.