Online World Press Photo Festival

A three day program of shows, presentations and dialogue

Dates: 15-17 April 2021

The World Press Photo Foundation will host its annual festival online this year.

The three-day program includes this year’s Awards Show, presentations by 2021 Contests 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.

Registrations are now open. See the program, meet the speakers and book your online seat by clicking on the links below. Attendance is free but sessions have limited capacity, so make sure to register!


Day 1: ‘Awards Day’
Thursday 15 April 2021

On 15 April at 15.00 CEST we will publish the 2021 Contests category winners across our online channels. The winners of this year’s headline awards will be announced during the Awards Show.

During the Awards Show, the opening of our event, we will spotlight the 2021 World Press Photo Contests category winners and announce the four headline awards winners. Learn more and register.

Day 2: ‘Boosting Thoughts’
Friday 16 April 2021

2021 Contests winners Ami Vitale, Benas Gerdziunas, Maya Alleruzzo, Oleg Ponomarev and Valery Melnikov will share the story behind their award-winning photos and productions. Learn more and register. 
Kevin WY Lee, 2021 Photo Contest General Jury member, and Muyi Xiao, 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest jury chair, will talk about this year’s headline awards winners and take you through the judging process. Learn more and register. 
Photographers Alisa Martynova, Lalo de Almeida, Lorenzo Tugnoli, and Natalia Kepesz will present their 2021 Contests award-winning work. Learn more and register. 
A digital space for visual storytelling professionals to discuss and share thoughts around fostering inclusivity, representing the underrepresented, attracting new perspectives, and the responsibility of visual storytellers. Learn more and register. 

Day 3: ‘Pressing Matters’
Saturday 17 April 2021

Antonio Faccilongo, Chris Donovan, Cristóbal Olivares, Evelyn Hockstein and Karolina Jonderko will discuss their 2021 World Press Photo Contests winning stories. Learn more and register. 
2021 Contests winners Ernesto Benavides, John Minchillo and Zishaan A Latif will talk about the tension field between press freedom and protests. Learn more and register. 

2021 World Press Photo Contests winners Alex Badia and Claudia Reig, Ernesto Benavides, Jérémy Lempin, Joanna Vasquez Arong, and Mads Nissen will share the background to their winning photos and productions. Learn more and register. 

Guests will be invited by hosts to discuss questions around what press freedom means, access affecting press freedom, countering online harassment of women journalists, and support on legal issues. Open to visual journalism and storytelling professionals only. Learn more and register. 

Support us

Attendance to this three-day program is free, so that anybody can participate in this first online edition of our annual Festival. If you share our vision of connecting the world to the stories that matter, you can make a contribution to support us here.