Magdalena Herrera will lead 2018 World Press Photo Contest Jury

Magdalena Herrera by Ahmed Hayman

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce that Magdalena Herrera, Director of Photography Geo France, will be chair of the 2018 Photo Contest Jury.

The appointment of Magdalena Herrera was made public at the opening of the World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 at the Galleria Carla Sozzani, in Paris.

Born in Havana to a family of artists, Magdalena Herrera left Cuba as a child to settle in Paris, where she studied fine art and art history at the Sorbonne before starting her career as a photographer and art director. She has worked in books, print and magazines, spending ten years as art director and head of the photo department at National Geographic France before joining Geo France as director of photography. Parallel to her journalistic work, Magdalena Herrera runs workshops and seminars around the world organized by the World Press Photo Foundation. She was previously a jury member in 2006 and 2010.

Magdalena Herrera, reflected on her upcoming task:

"I am greatly honored to be chair of the jury at this challenging time, in which news and documentary photography continue to evolve and are blooming outside of Europe and North America. I am especially excited by the new Environment category at a moment when these issues affect our daily lives more than ever. Given that the contest entries come from all over the world the jury has to respect and stay open to different points-of-views and cultural diversity. While graphic and visually engaging images come forward in the early rounds we have to be careful to see the subtle or multi-layered pictures too. With the stories, editing is crucial, and we will be judging this as well."

Lars Boering, Managing Director of the World Press Photo Foundation, added:

"Different views, other perspectives and an open mind. This is what we are looking for when we recruit our jury. Magdalena Herrera is a fine example of what is best in the industry today: she is an experienced director, curator and teacher, but most of all a wonderful human being who thinks deeply about our industry. Among other things, she understands our desire to improve diversity in the contest and will help give the new environment category a strong start using her day to day work experience."

Working towards greater diversity

In the run up to the opening of the photo contest, the World Press Photo Foundation is actively reaching out to members of its international community to encourage a more globally diverse range of entrants. This campaign is designed, in particular, 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 social media promotion, the foundation is contacting editors, photographers and visual journalists around the world asking them for support. This effort is in addition to the fact that the contest is free and open to all professional photographers who can apply once it opens on 1 December 2017.

The 2018 Photo Contest

The annual photo contest, free to enter and now in its 61st edition, rewards professional photographers for the best single-exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. To ensure the general audience can trust the winning images, entrants to the photo contest must accept the contest’s code of ethics and follow rules that secure the integrity of the image.

Judging the 2018 World Press Photo Contest is an intensive process. Magdalena Herrera will be joined by a group of professionals in four specialist juries and one general jury, along with two secretaries, to complete the task. The full jury will be announced later this year.

The 2018 World Press Photo Contest will be open for professional photographers to enter their work on 1 December 2017. Entrants will need to register by 4 January 2018 (12:00 noon CET) and submit their entries by 9 January 2018 (12:00 noon CET). Entries may only be submitted online via the World Press Photo contest entry website.

Details of the procedures and voting system, along with the code of ethics, rules, categories, and guidance on what is not acceptable with regards to manipulation, are available at

Posted November 6 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.

The World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We receive support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and are sponsored worldwide by Canon.