How to prepare

Get ready to enter the 2022 Contest

Entries to the 2022 World Press Photo Contest will open on 1 December 2021,12.00 noon CET. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself beforehand.

  1. Make sure you have the correct document(s) to confirm your status as a professional photographer. This does not have to be a press card, there are several other ways to provide this information. For example, a membership document or recommendation letter from a recognized photographic association or at least one proof of publication from 2020 or 2021, with your name visible as credit. Take a look at our entry rules to see which documents we accept as proof.

    Did you know?
    If you are part of a team or collective, you can also submit your work to the contest. As long as every team member provides proof of professional status, we’d be very glad to review your registration.

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  2. Decide on which of your best work you’d like to enter into the contest. Unlike previous years, this year you will only have to choose between four categories: Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects, and Open Format. Take some time to familiarize yourself with these categories.

    Did you know?
    A photograph can only be entered once to any of the following categories: Singles, Stories, and Long-Term Projects. However, if a project or production entered into the Open Format category contains a photograph entered to the other categories as well, that is acceptable.

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  3. The Open Format category is new to the contest this year. It offers an opportunity to enter work that can be presented in combination with (but not limited to) video, animation, graphics, illustrations, sound or text. If you’re interested in this category, read more about what we accept.

    Did you know?
    Although the Open Format category is open to a wider range of storytelling mediums, the main visual content of the project must be still photography.

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  4. Read through the entry rules carefully, even if you have entered the contest in the past. We have made important adjustments this year so now is the perfect time to make sure you understand the dos and don'ts for the 2022 Contest.

    Did you know?
    Your work does not have to be published to be eligible for our contest. Photographs can be submitted whether or not they have been published.

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  5. Writing captions for (each of) your photograph(s) can be time consuming. We recommend starting this process early. You can already take a look at our guidelines for writing captions.

    Did you know?
    All entries must have accurate captions and descriptions, written in English. If the captions have been translated, please also provide the original caption.

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  6. For the 2022 Contest, we have expanded our code of ethics. Take some time to go through this.

    Did you know?
    As a photographer, you must not intend to mislead by recreating or staging events. If you have any direct influence over the scene, such as reenactments or posed portraits, please let us know in the captions. You must also ensure that consent of those you have captured has been appropriately handled. More info on both of these points can be found in the code of ethics.

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  7. Thanks to our new contest structure, we have also updated our verification process and rules on manipulation. To make sure your entry process goes as smoothly as possible, we recommend reading through these now to avoid doing so later.

    Did you know?
    We have a set of videos that you can watch to let you know all the details regarding what counts as manipulation.

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  8. The 2022 World Press Photo Contest works with a regional system that includes six regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia and Oceania. Entries will be judged according to the region in which they were shot. Learn more about which countries fall under each region here and more about the judging process here.

    Did you know?
    Selecting the region requires no work from you. All you have to do is enter your work into one of the four categories (Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects, or Open Format) and your work will be sorted into the relevant region ahead of the judging process.

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Image credit: Fighting Locust Invasion in East Africa by Luis Tato, for The Washington Post