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Annual World Press Photo Contest

Annual Word Press Photo Contest 2022

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The Annual World Press Photo Contest recognizes and celebrates the best photojournalism and documentary photography produced over the last year.
Enter your work for free and get a chance to win up to €5,000 as well as to have your work showcased to a global audience and more.

The 2022 World Press Photo Contest works with a regional system that includes six regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia and Oceania. Entries will be judged according to the region in which they were shot.

Why should you enter?

The beneficial part of entering the Annual World Press Photo Contest is that it is absolutely free and open to all professional photographers working in the field of photojournalism and/or documentary photography. This will not affect your finances as well as copyright to the submitted work.
Furthermore, you can enter the competition as an individual as well as in a group.
Also, this year you will only have to choose between four categories: Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects, and Open Format.
Most importantly, your work doesn’t have to be published to be eligible.


As a winner, your work will be:
  • Included in an annual travelling exhibition that is shown around the world in over 80 cities
  • Published on the official website and social platforms with over 2 million followers
  • Included in the yearbook
You will also receive:
  • €1,000 for each of the 24 regional winners
  • also, an additional €5,000 for the four global winners
  • An invitation to a winners’ event
  • A physical award

How to Apply in World Press Photo Contest

  1. Make sure you have the correct document(s) to confirm your status as a professional photographer.
  2. Take your time to familiarize yourself with the topics and choose one to start your project.
  3. Read through the entry rules carefully, even if you have entered the contest in the past.

  4. You should start writing captions for your photograph(s) early as it can be time-consuming.
  5. If your work has a caption in another language than English, you should add both original as well as transcripted versions.
  6. As a photographer, you must not intend to mislead by recreating or staging events. If you have any direct influence over the scene, such as reenactments or posed portraits, you should mention it in the captions.
  7. You must also appropriately handle the consent of those you have captured.

General entry rules for World Press Photo Contest

  • Every entrant needs to provide a document with a valid date that confirms their current professional status.
  • The photographer(s) must be the author(s) of the photographs they have submitted in their name.
  • The photographer(s), agent or representative entering on their behalf, must be the copyright holder(s) or are authorized by the copyright holder(s) to submit the photographs.
  • Entries must comply with the categories, as described.
  • Entries must meet the technical requirements.
  • Photographs taken at restricted events are not accepted
  • All entries must have accurate captions and descriptions, written in English.
  • All entries must comply with the World Press Photo code of ethics.
  • In the later rounds of judging, entrants should provide additional information about their remaining entries.
  • You should submit your work only via Picter, the official contest entry platform.
  • Furthermore, Members of the World Press Photo staff, Supervisory Board, International Advisory Committee and 2022 Contest jury cannot enter the 2022 Contest.

Additional entry rules for the Singles, Stories and Long-Term Projects categories

  • A photograph can only be entered once, either as a single or as part of a story, or as part of a Long-Term Project.
  • Photographs must not show the name of the photographer, agency, or publication, or any other information
  • In addition, Photographs entered into Singles, Stories and Long-Term Projects must comply with rules on manipulation and must not be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting or removing people and/or objects from within the frame.
  • Entrants must provide the file(s) as recorded by the camera for all images that proceed to the final stages of the contest.



Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline11 January,2022
Open toall nationalities
OrganizerWorld Press Photo
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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