2020 Contest Timeline

  • 2 December 2019: 2020 Photo Contest opens for entries.
  • Registration deadline extended to Monday 13 January 12.00 noon CET. 
  • Submission deadline extended to Thursday 16 January 12.00 noon CET
  • 25 February: Nominees announced.
  • 16 April 2020: Nominees are invited to the Awards Show in Amsterdam.


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 will receive €10,000 each. This means all contest winners will share in prizes totaling more than €130,000 in value.

All nominees are invited to Amsterdam in April to receive their prize at the annual Awards Show. This takes place just before the World Press Photo Festival, an event to which winners are invited, featuring presentations, screenings, workshops and meetups. Read more about the 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 a yearbook, which is available in multiple languages, and can be purchased in our store.

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

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Image credits
Catalina Martin Chico, Panos Pictures
Frank van Beek, Hollandse Hoogte
Charlie Cole, Newsweek