2021 Contests entries closed

Entries for the 2021 World Press Photo Contest are now closed! This year, 4,315 photographers from 130 countries have entered 74,470 images, an increase from the previous year, when 4,282 photographers from 125 countries entered 73,996 images.

The 2021 Contests nominees will be announced on 10 March 2021. The winners will be revealed on 15 April 2021 during an online awards show ceremony. Sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest contests news.


For the first time, the judging process of the 2021 World Press Photo Contests is taking place entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From 16-27 January, the seven independent specialized juries shortlisted the entries in eight categories. From 6-23 February, the General Jury will review the shortlisted entries and select the nominated images and stories. Meet the 2021 Contests jury and find out more about their judging experience.


The winners of the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year awards receive €5,000 each. The prize-winning photographs are assembled into a worldwide year-long exhibition. The winning pictures are also published on World Press Photo's website, across our social media platforms, and in our annual yearbook, which is available in multiple languages. Read more about the prizes.


The World Press Photo Contest recognizes the best visual journalism and awards visual stories in eight categories:
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Environment
  • General News
  • Long-Term Projects
  • Nature
  • Portraits
  • Sports
  • Spot News

Image credits:
Charlie Cole, Newsweek