2021 Contests Timeline

  • Entries open: 1 December 2020, 12.00 noon CET.
  • Entries close: 12 January 2021, 12 noon CET.
  • Nominees and winners announced: TBC.


The World Press Photo Contest recognizes the best visual journalism and awards visual stories in eight categories

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Environment
  • General News
  • Long-Term Projects
  • Nature
  • Portraits
  • Sports
  • Spot News


The winners of the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year awards receive €5,000 each. Read more about the prizes.

The prize-winning photographs are assembled into a worldwide year-long exhibition. The winning pictures are also published on World Press Photo's website, across our social media platforms, and in our annual yearbook, which is available in multiple languages.

Questions can be directed via email to contest@worldpressphoto.org

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Image credits:
Charlie Cole, Newsweek