2018 contest changes announced

News about the 2018 contest dates, a new category and campaign for the 2018 Photo Contest.

The 2018 contest dates

The 61st annual World Press Photo Contest, which rewards professional photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism, will open for submissions on 1 December 2017. The contest is free and open to all professionals. Entrants will need to register by 4 January 2018 (12 noon CET) and submit their entries by 9 January 2018 (12 noon CET).

The 8th annual World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest, which rewards those producing the best forms of visual journalism enabled by digital technologies and the spread of the internet, will open for submissions on 1 December 2017. The contest is free and open to all professionals. Entrants will need to submit their entries by 4 January 2018 (12 noon CET).

A new category in the photo contest

The 2018 Photo Contest will feature a new category this year - the Environment, with both singles and stories being rewarded - along with small changes to the focus of the Contemporary Issues and Nature categories. The Daily Life category has been discontinued.

Environment category: Single pictures (EN) or stories (ENS) documenting human impact, positive or negative, on the environment.

  • All single pictures must have been shot in 2017.
  • All story pictures must have been shot in 2016 or 2017. At least one picture in a story must have been shot in 2017 or first published in 2017.
  • Story entries must contain between 2 and 10 pictures.
  • All pictures shot in 2017 will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

Read the full description of all the categories

Micha Bruinvels, director of contests at the World Press Photo Foundation:

"Human impact on the environment is one of the most important issues of our time. For the upcoming contest, we have added the category Environment. This allows us to reward and support imagery reporting on this topic, including stories that report on solutions. We have also decided to discontinue the Daily Life category. Quality work of this important perspective of life can be seen in, and has been entered into, the Long-Term Projects category since its introduction three years ago. We believe these changes create a more comprehensive visual perception of today’s society."

A new campaign to improve diversity

This year the run up to the photo contest will also see the World Press Photo Foundation actively reaching out to members of its international community to encourage a more globally diverse range of entrants. In particular, this campaign is designed to increase the number of female entrants, attract more entries from Africa and South America, and find great work on the environment and sport. In addition to making these aims well known through social media, the foundation is contacting editors, photographers and visual journalists around the world asking them to let us know about the compelling images and stories they have seen. The foundation will then contact those individuals directly and encourage them to apply. This effort is in addition to the fact the contest is free and open to all professionals who can apply once it opens on 1 December.

Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation:

"We want to be able to reward and promote a comprehensive and diverse perspective of our world, so we’ve been making a major effort to increase diversity in all areas of our work. Now we need the help of our community to encourage everyone to participate in both the 2018 Photo Contest and Digital Storytelling Contest so the juries have the broadest selection to choose from. We know this won’t produce a perfect picture overnight, but we all have to work together to make progress on this so the 2018 edition can be even better than before."

Find out more about the 2018 Photo Contest 
Find out more about the 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest


Posted October 16 2017

About The World Press Photo Foundation

We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling. Founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to share their work with an international audience, the competition has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography award and our mission has expanded. We encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning.

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