Contests

2021 World Press Photo Contests

Nominees announced 10 March
2021 Contests

Nominees announced 10 March

Our annual contests recognize and celebrate the best visual journalism produced over the last year. An independent jury selects the prize-winning photographs and productions.

This year presents a first for the World Press Photo Foundation. Every year we look forward to welcoming industry professionals from all over the world to Amsterdam to judge the best of visual storytelling. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, judging took place online and jury chairs were joined digitally by a team of experts from around the world to decide on the best visual storytelling of 2020.

The nominees for the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest and 2021 Photo Contest will be announced on 10 March 2021 at 12.00, noon CET.

Since 1955, the World Press Photo Contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. Whether entered as singles or stories, these pictures are judged in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights about our world.

The Digital Storytelling Contest, open to short documentary film and interactive productions, recognizes and rewards forms of visual storytelling enabled by digital technologies.

2021 Contests timeline

  • Entries open: 1 December 2020, 12.00 noon CET
  • Entries close: 13 January 2021, 12.00 noon CET (deadline extended)
  • Nominees announced: 10 March 2021, 12.00 noon CET
  • Winners announced at the Awards Show (Online): 15 April 2021
  • World Press Photo Festival (Online): 16-17 April 2021
  • Flagship World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: 17 April - 25 July 2021

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Judging the 2021 World Press Photo Contest: Specialized Juries

In January 2021, the judging of the 2021 World Press Photo Contest kicked off - for the first time online - with seven specialized juries that shortlisted the best images and stories in each of the eight categories of the contest. We spoke with some of the jury members that reviewed the entries to analyze the main topics of 2020 and what they were looking for when judging.

February 03, 2021

Meet the juries of the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest and 2021 Photo Contest

We are pleased to introduce the professionals from all around the world who will select and award the best visual journalism of 2020. For the first time, the judging process of the 2021 World Press Photo Contests will take place entirely online due to the pandemic.

December 10, 2020

Entries open for the 2021 World Press Photo Contests

Our annual contests celebrate the best visual journalism produced over the last year. We are thrilled to announce that the 2021 World Press Photo Contests are now open for submissions! Entering the contests is free and open to all professional visual journalists around the world.

December 01, 2020

Pan-African Photojournalism and Its Positions

We are proud to present this exhibition and public programming initiative in collaboration with Market Photo Workshop. Check the program and watch the recordings, including a webinar about the World Press Photo Contests with World Press Photo’s director of Contests Anna Lena Mehr, and Lekgetho Makola, head of the Market Photo Workshop and jury chair of the 2020 World Press Photo Contest.

November 27, 2020

Meet the 2021 Contests jury chairs

We're excited to announce that NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, Nepal, will chair the 2021 Photo Contest jury, and Muyi Xiao, China, will chair the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest jury.

October 28, 2020

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Photo credits: 
Lee-Ann Olwage
Still from River of Forgiveness by Helios Design Lab