The judging process for the 2021 World Press Photo Contest will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The jury will judge the entries in several rounds over a six-week period, from 16 January to 23 February 2021.

Specialized juries

Seven independent specialist juries first shortlists entries in eight categories. Each jury has a chair responsible for maintaining the integrity of the process, ensuring the deliberations are conducted in accordance with the highest standards, and that all jury members are fully involved in the judging process.

Contemporary Issues
  • Davina Jogi, Zimbabwe, documentary photographer, founder and co-director, Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers (ZAFP)
  • Laure Troussière, France, deputy chief photo editor, Libération
  • Muhammad Fadli, Indonesia, photographer and photo editor
Long-Term Projects 
  • Brent Lewis, United States, photo editor, The New York Times, co-founder Diversify Photo
  • Krystle Wright, Australia, photographer and director
  • Silvia Izquierdo, Peru, chief photographer, Associated Press Brazil

General Jury

An independent General Jury, a new set of jurors consisting of the 2021 Photo Contest jury chair and six different members, then selects the winners. The General Jury is made up of jury members whose backgrounds and expertise cover the eight different categories of the Photo Contest.

The General Jury is assisted by a secretary. The secretary is responsible for all procedural matters and ensures the rules and procedures are fairly and properly applied. The secretary does not contribute to debate on the merits of any entry, and has no vote in the balloting.

2021 Photo Contest jury chair

NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, co-founder/director, photo.circle will chair the 2021 Photo Contest jury.

NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati lives in Kathmandu, Nepal and works at the intersections of visual storytelling, research, pedagogy, and collective action. She co-founded photo.circle, an independent artist-led platform that facilitates learning, exhibition making, publishing and a variety of other trans-disciplinary collaborative projects for Nepali visual practitioners. She also co-founded Nepal Picture Library, a digital archiving initiative that works towards diversifying Nepali socio-cultural and political history. NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati is also the co-founder and festival director of Photo Kathmandu, and a Joop Swart Masterclass 2020 mentor. Kakshapati will be joined by a group of professionals to judge the leading annual photojournalism contest.

“Being asked to join the 2021 World Press Photo Contest jury as chair feels like an invitation to take a seat at the table, to join vital conversations on the politics of creating visibility for human and non-human conditions and defining moments that the world needs to pay attention to, deliberate on and remember,” said NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati.

She added: “I encourage visual journalists from all over the world to participate because your descriptions of the world matter a great deal, and the stories that you tell weave together a nuanced understanding of the fabric of our lives and our times. […] I hope this contest can be one of many platforms that give voice to all these important stories.”

Photo credit: Sagar Chhetri