Information session: 2021 World Press Photo Contests

17 December 2020

Join World Press Photo’s Contests director Anna Lena Mehr for an information session and Q&A about the 2021 Contests. Entries for the annual Photo Contest and Digital Storytelling Contest are now open and will close on 12 January 2021.

If you’re a photojournalist or visual storyteller thinking of entering the contests, this session will provide you with practical information and guidance about the categories, entry rules, the process, and why it’s important you submit your work.

Organized together with Chennai Photo Biennale, Chobi Mela, Jakarta International Photo Festival and Photo Kathmandu.

About the World Press Photo Contests

Since 1955, the World Press Photo Contest has recognized the best visual journalism of the last year, showcasing the work of hundreds of visual storytellers to a global audience. The Digital Storytelling Contest, open to short documentary film and interactive productions, rewards forms of visual storytelling enabled by digital technologies. 

Both contests are free to enter and open to all professionals from around the world. There are different categories to highlight diverse stories. The entries are independently judged by leaders in visual storytelling, but they can only make their selection from the work that is entered. Help us get the best submissions so we can spotlight the stories that matter.

Event location

Registration and tickets

Free event

Date and time

17 December 2020, 12.15pm CET

Please note the following times in other locations:
Chennai 16.45
Kathmandu 17.00
Dhaka 17.15
Jakarta 18.15

Partner information

Chennai Photo Biennale
The CPB Foundation's primary focus area is photography education and discourse throughout the year, culminating in a city-wide public-art photography festival every two years that becomes a platform to showcase, and an opportunity to network with international, national and regional artists and curators. Catch the first look at the third edition of Chennai Photo Biennale slated for December 2021 here.

Chobi Mela
Pathshala South Asia Media Institute has established itself as one of the leading institutions of higher education in photography. Its sister organisation Drik Picture Library Ltd. is an award-winning independent media resource centre. The two organisations together run the Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography - the longest running photo festival in Asia. The triad, Drik, Pathshala and Chobi Mela share the values of social justice that underpin their collective work.

Jakarta International Photo Festival
The Jakarta International Photo Festival (JIPFest) is a platform for photographers and public to meet, engage and exchange insights, as well as a space for impactful photography projects to reach wider audiences. As Indonesia’s first international photography festival, JIPFest also aims to foster and propel Indonesian photographers onto the international stage. The festival features international participants, including photographers, photo editors, scholars, gallery owners, curators and critics, and photography communities.

Photo Kathmandu
Photo Kathmandu is organized by, a platform for photography based in Kathmandu founded in 2007. The festival invites photographers and other practitioners who engage with or through the visual medium to develop, showcase and participate in exhibitions, workshops and symposia, a 6-week residency, an incubator program for practitioners from across South Asia, a local arts education program for young people in the city, and various pop-up events among other core and collateral programming. 

Image credit: Yasuyoshi Chiba, Agence France-Presse