Entry rules

2021 Digital Storytelling Contest entry rules

2021 Digital Storytelling Contest entry rules:

1. The Digital Storytelling Contest is only open to entries that include the work of a professional visual journalist. Every visual journalist must provide valid proof of current professional status. Examples of documents that count as proof include, but are not limited to:

  • a recent letter of reference (must be from 2019 or 2020) from a media organization, publication, production company, international documentary film festival, photo agency, photo editor; OR
  • membership document from a recognized press, photography, film or media association, which represents professional members; OR
  • Proof of publication of (audio)visual material from 2020 or 2019, with your name visible as credit in either online or print format from a recognized media organization, publication, or international documentary film festival; OR
  • journalism union membership card; OR
  • press card
The organization reserves the right to ask entrants for additional information to help clarify their professional status.


2. The visual journalist(s) must be the author(s) of the material submitted in his/her/their name.

3. The visual journalist(s), or the agent or representative entering on their behalf, must be the copyright holder(s) or have been authorized by the copyright holder(s) to submit the material.

4. Agents or representatives entering on behalf of a production team confirm, by entering, that each member of the production team accepts all the entry rules.

5. Entries in all categories must have been produced, premiered, or first published in 2020.

6. All entries must include the contact details of the visual journalist(s) and of the production’s contact person.

7. All entries must include a title, synopsis, general credit and complete list of the production team.

8. All productions must either have English-language audio and/or text or must be subtitled in English.

9. Entries must be submitted via the official contest platform. Entries sent in other ways will not be accepted.

10. Entries in all categories must be available online. The URLs for the productions entered must be provided when submitting through the entry website. If links are password protected, the password must be indicated on the entry form. Please note that because the judging will take place online this year, we cannot facilitate the judging of productions that require additional equipment (for example VR headsets), and therefore cannot accept entries that require such equipment. If you have questions regarding this please contact: digitalstorytelling@worldpressphoto.org.

11. Nominated productions must be made available in their entirety in the World Press Photo Foundation's online collection by 10 March 2021.

12. All entries must be submitted by 13 January 2021 at 12.00 (noon) Central European Time in order to participate in the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest.

13. Members of the jury for the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest may not enter productions in which they have been an integral part of the production team to the contest. This includes, but is not limited to, roles such as director, producer, editor, cinematographer, or director of Photography. The organization reserves the right to determine whether a jury members’ involvement in a production is acceptable.

14. Copyright holders retain copyright of their work. Copyright holders whose productions are selected by the jury as nominees grant the World Press Photo Foundation unlimited non-exclusive use of these promotional materials for all activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest, the exhibition, the yearbook, the public archive, and all promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of the World Press Photo Foundation, without any remuneration being due. All nominees will be contacted prior to 10 March 2021 to provide high-resolution production files and promotional materials (including a minimum of ten screenshots or stills, and a trailer or teaser of up to one minute).

15. The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the material does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the World Press Photo Foundation specified in article 12. The copyright holders will hold the World Press Photo Foundation harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.

16. The Entry Rules and any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Entry Rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by Dutch law.

17. Any dispute arising from the Entry Rules (whether contractual or non-contractual) shall be decided solely and exclusively by the competent court of Amsterdam.

18. The conditions set out in the Entry Rules are binding, and the World Press Photo Foundation reserves the right to refuse or exclude any entry at its own discretion.