2018 Photo Contest in context

What does a photo tell us about an event? What is its emotional force? How does it compare to others, in both this and previous contests? The jury had to consider an event or issue that was significant in 2017 and then a photo that best represented that event or issue.

As with every World Press Photo contest, the discussion involves a combination of the the journalistic aspects of the stories as well as the aesthetic and technical dimensions of the image.

The World Press Photo of the Year honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captured or represented an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year. This year, for the first, time, the jury chose six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year - the winner was announced on 12 April at our Awards Show in Amsterdam.

The jury selected nominees in eight categories. They are 42 photographers from 22 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK, USA and Venezuela.

 

 

Entry statistics
  • 4548 photographers
  • 125 countries
  • 73044 pictures
2018 Photo Contest jury
  • Zohra Bensemra, Algeria, chief photographer NW Africa Reuters
  • Thomas Borberg, Denmark, photo-editor-in-chief Politiken
  • Marcelo Brodsky, Argentina/Spain, visual artist
  • Simon Bruty, UK, photographer
  • Joana Choumali, Ivory Coast, photographer
  • Jérôme Huffer, France, head of photo department Paris Match
  • Britta Jaschinski, Germany, photographer and co-founder Photographers Against Wildlife Crime
  • Whitney C. Johnson, USA, deputy director of photography National Geographic
  • Jon Jones, UK, independent photography editor and curator
  • Bulent Kiliç, Turkey, chief photographer Turkey Agence France Presse
  • Alice Martins, Brazil, photojournalist
  • Wong Maye-E, Singapore, photojournalist
  • Eman Mohammed, Palestinian Territories, photojournalist
  • Carla van de Puttelaar, the Netherlands, photographer and art historian
  • Laurence Tan, Singapore, assignment editor Getty Images
  • Tony Wu, USA, photo-naturalist
Chair of the jury
  • Magdalena Herrera, France, director of photography Geo France
Secretary of the jury
  • David Griffin, USA, owner DGriffinStudio
  • Silvia Omedes, Spain, independent curator and director Photographic Social Vision Foundation

The 2018 General jury © Frank van Beek / Hollandse Hoogte

The 2018 Environment and Nature categories jury © Frank van Beek / Hollandse Hoogte

The 2018 Environment and Nature categories jury review entries © Frank van Beek / Hollandse Hoogte

The 2018 People jury © Frank van Beek / Hollandse Hoogte

The 2018 People jury review entries © Frank van Beek / Hollandse Hoogte

The 2018 Sports jury © Frank van Beek / Hollandse Hoogte

The 2018 Sports jury review entries © Frank van Beek / Hollandse Hoogte

The 2018 News and Documentary jury © Frank van Beek / Hollandse Hoogte

The 2018 News and Documentary categories jury review entries © Frank van Beek / Hollandse Hoogte