The World Press Photo Contest

The annual 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 contest is organized into categories, and judged by a jury comprising leading photojournalism professionals. The membership of the jury changes every year, and is led by a chair and supported by two secretaries who implement the rigorous judging procedures. The jury, chair, and secretaries are independent of the World Press Photo Foundation. The staff, board, and partners of the World Press Photo Foundation cannot direct the jury’s decisions.


  • September 2018: Details about the contest will be announced.
  • Beginning of December 2018: The contest website opened for entries.
  • Beginning of January 2019: Contest website closes for entries.
  • 11 April 2019: Nominees are invited to attend the 2019 Awards Show in Amsterdam during which the Photo of the Year and all contest winners will be announced.
  • 11 - 13 April 2019: Nominees are invited to attend the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam.

    *** Details of the jury, entry details and deadlines to be announced soon.


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 the yearbook, which is available in multiple languages, and can be purchased in our store.

All nominees are brought 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 winnners are invited, featuring photographer presentations, screenings and talks. Read more about the prizes.


The World Press Photo Contest began in 1955 and you can browse the entire collection of prize-winning photos in the timeline.

How to enter

Find out how to enter and about contest categories. Read about entry rules and code of ethics, as well as information about the judging process and verification process.

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