Contests

2021 World Press Photo Contests

Our annual contests recognize and celebrate the best visual journalism produced over the last year. We’re proud to present the winners of our 64th annual Photo Contest and 11th annual Digital Storytelling Contest!

The jury of the 2021 Photo Contest selected Mads Nissen’s photograph The First Embrace as the World Press Photo of the Year, and Habibi by Antonio Faccilongo as the World Press Photo Story of the Year. Reconstructing Seven Days of Protests in Minneapolis After George Floyd’s Death by Holly Bailey/The Washington Post and Matt Daniels, Amelia Wattenberger/The Pudding, was awarded Interactive of the Year and Calling Back From Wuhan by Yang Shenlai/Tang Xiaolan awarded Online Video of the Year.

Meet the 2021 Photo Contest and Digital Storytelling Contest winners

Online World Press Photo Festival

Some 2021 Contests winners presented their work during the online World Press Photo Festival 2021, taking place from 15-17 April. The three-day program included presentations by contest winners sharing the background to their award-winning stories, talks with jury members taking you through the judging process, discussions around the theme of press freedom, and digital spaces for visual storytelling professionals to discuss pressing questions and topics.

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2021 Contests timeline

    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.

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    2021 Contests winners announced

    The World Press Photo Foundation is proud to present the winners of the World Press Photo of the Year, World Press Photo Story of the Year, World Press Photo Interactive of the Year, and World Press Photo Online Video of the Year.

    April 15, 2021

    2021 Contests category winners announced

    The World Press Photo Foundation is proud to present the category winners of the 2021 World Press Photo Contests, selected by an independent jury.

    April 15, 2021

    2021 Contests nominees announced

    On 10 March 2021, the World Press Photo Foundation announced the nominees for the 2021 World Press Photo Contest and Digital Storytelling Contest. An independent jury comprising a group of experts from around the world selected the best visual journalism of 2020.

    March 10, 2021

    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