2020 World Press Photo Contests

Our annual contests recognize and celebrate the best visual journalism produced over the last year.  An independent jury selects the prize-winning photographs and productions, which are later assembled into our annual exhibition. Entries are now closed for the 2020 Photo Contest and 2020 Digital Storytelling Contest. Nominees will be announced 25 February. 

The World Press Photo Contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. Whether entered as singles or stories, these pictures are judged in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights about our world.

The Digital Storytelling Contest, open to short documentary film and interactive productions, recognizes and rewards forms of visual storytelling enabled by digital technologies.

2020 contest timeline

  • Contests open for entries: 2 December 2019, 12 noon CET.
  • Registration deadline: Extended to 13 January 2020, 12 noon CET.
  • Submission deadline: Extended to 16 January 2020, 12.00 noon CET.
  • Nominees announced: 25 February 2020
  • Awards Show in Amsterdam: 16 April 2020
  • World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam: 17-18 April 2020

Why you should enter

  • It is free to enter
  • Open to all professionals around the world
  • There are different categories to highlight diverse stories
  • Independently judged by leaders in visual storytelling
  • Your chance to win €10,000 and to showcase your work to a global audience