The judging process for the 2020 Photo Contest involves four specialized juries and a general jury. It will take place in several rounds over a three-week period during January and February 2020. The full jury will be announced later this year.

Lekgetho Makola will chair the 63rd annual Photo Contest jury

Lekgetho Makola, South Africa, is the head of Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, a space for culture and development through photography. He co-founded Kali TV in 2012, an online media platform reporting news on Diaspora communities in the United States, and is a founding member of Parallel Film Collective, a non-profit organization focusing on 'Local Equals Global' film culture. He also founded an independent production company KGETHI IMAGES (Pty) Ltd in 2014, and is an active member of the virtual continental network Centers of Learning for Photography in Africa.

Lekgetho Makola reflected on his role as 2020 Photo Contest jury chair:

“It is a significant responsibility to have an oversight of the jury and ensure that the judging process goes as smooth as possible, but also that a state of critical engagement accounting for diversity is allowed, in order to respond to submissions in the most ethical manner and in a way that reflects the global society.

I would love to see more submissions by photographers from outside of Europe and North America, and a good amount of time for jury members to share views on diversity before the judging commences. I strongly believe there is a lot to learn from each other in that process, and a lot to unlearn concerning certain socially constructed views on the practice.”

Nominees announced in February 2020

On 25 February 2020, the six nominees for ‘World Press Photo of the Year,’ and the three nominees for the new ’World Press Photo Story of the Year’ award will be announced. The winners of these awards, as well as all the categories, will become known at the Awards Show taking place on 16 April 2020 in Amsterdam.

The winners of ‘World Press Photo of the Year,’ and 'World Press Photo Story of the Year’ will receive €10,000 each. All winners will be invited to the Awards Show. Their work will be showcased in the World Press Photo Foundation global exhibitions and yearbook. This means all contest winners will share in prizes totaling more than €130,000 in value.

Photo credit:
Lekgetho Makola by © Thandile Zwelibanzi