Call for entries: 2017 World Press Photo annual contests are now open

The World Press Photo Foundation invites all professional visual journalists worldwide to participate in its two renowned contests: the 60th annual World Press Photo Contest and the 7th annual World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest (previously known as the Multimedia Contest).

  • The 2017 Photo Contest requires registration before 6 January 2017 12.00 (noon) CET and submissions can be entered until 11 January 2017 12.00 (noon) CET.
  • The deadline for submissions for the 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest is 6 January 2017 12.00 (noon) CET.
  • The winners of both contests will be announced together for the first time on 13 February 2017.

There are a number of minor changes in the setup of the photo contest, including changes in the Long-Term Projects category and the number of images allowed in a story.

The 2017 World Press Photo Contest
The annual photo contest, which has been running since 1955, rewards photographers for the best single-exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin will chair the 2017 Photo Contest jury, joined by a group of 18 professionals. Details of the procedures and voting system, the jury members, along with the code of ethics, rules, categories, and guidance on what is not acceptable with regards to manipulation, are available at: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/activities/photo-contest

How to enter the 2017 World Press Photo Contest
The 2017 Photo Contest is now open for professional photographers to enter their work.
Registration: A username and password are required to enter and must be requested before 6 January 2017, 12.00 (noon) CET.
Submissions: For those registered, the deadline for submissions is 11 January 2017, 12.00 (noon) CET.
Entries may only be submitted online via the World Press Photo contest entry website: https://submit.worldpressphoto.org

Prizes
The prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million people each year. The winning pictures are also published in the annual yearbook, which is available in multiple languages. Award winners (or one representative for a Long-Term Project category group) have their travel and lodging paid for by the World Press Photo Foundation to Amsterdam so they can attend the World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism, an event taking place 20-22 April 2017 featuring photographer presentations, screenings, and talks. They also receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award at the Awards Ceremony.

The 2017 World Press Photo Contest at a glance

  • The contest has a code of ethics that must be accepted before entering.
  • A guidance on how to write captions and avoid manipulation is available here: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/activities/photo-contest/verification-process
  • Long-Term Projects is now one category, and accepts entries shot by either an individual photographer or a group of two or more photographers.
  • Story entries should contain 2-10 images. Long-Term Projects entries consist of between 24-30 pictures.
  • Participants must provide file(s) as recorded by the camera for all images that proceed to the final stages of the contest. These file(s) will be requested and studied confidentially during the judging period. Failure to provide these files when requested will lead to the elimination of the entry.
  • If manipulation is detected in an entry, the photographer(s) will be contacted during the judging period to offer an explanation that will be forwarded to the jury. Once contacted, photographer(s) will have 36 hours to respond.
  • Participants can be contacted and asked to verify their captions and metadata with the fact-checking team.
  • For full details, please visit: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/activities/photo-contest

The 2017 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest
The Digital Storytelling Contest (previously known as the Multimedia Contest) rewards those producing the best forms of visual journalism enabled by digital technologies and the spread of the Internet. The contest is open to digital storytellers, visual journalists and producers, with submissions that include the work of a professional visual journalist. The contest has four categories and is judged online. Details of the categories, entry rules, jury and judging process are available at: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/activities/digital-storytelling-contest

How to enter the 2017 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest
The 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest is now open for entries. Entries can be submitted until 6 January 2017, 12.00 (noon) CET. Entrants must register and submit online at the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest entry website: https://digitalstorytellingcontest.awardsplatform.com/

Prizes
Winners in each category are invited to the World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism, an event taking place 20-22 April 2017 featuring photographer presentations, screenings, and talks in Amsterdam. A representative from each of the winning productions will have their travel and lodging paid for by the World Press Photo Foundation. The winners in each category will receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award, presented during the annual Awards Ceremony. The prize-winning projects are assembled into an exhibition that travels to select locations (in 2016 they included China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and UAE).

Posted December 1 2016

About World Press Photo

The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting visual journalism. Through one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling, an exhibition seen by more than four million people worldwide each year, and extensive research and training programs, we strive to inspire, engage, educate, and support both visual journalists and their global audience with fresh insights and new perspectives.

Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon. There are also a range of collaborations with the World Press Photo Associates, the Friends of World Press Photo, and other partners.