International Photography Contest from the World Press Photo Foundation

International Photography Contest from the World Press Photo Foundation

عبر الإنترنت 09 janv. 2020
World Press Photo Foundation

World Press Photo Foundation

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Date limite
09 janv. 2020
Niveau d'études
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Financement complet
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Toutes les régions

The World Press Photo has launched its Contest for interested people who want to compete with their photos in World Press Photo’s international competition that recognizes the best visual journalism and awards visual stories in eight different categories which include contemporary Issues, environment, general news, long-term projects, nature, portraits, sports, spot news.

Entry Rules:

  • The World Press Photo contest is only open to professional photographers. Every entrant needs to provide a valid document that proves their current professional status. Examples of documents that count as proof include, but are not limited to:
    • A recent letter of reference (must be from 2018 or 2019) from a photo agency, photo editor, media organization or publication
    • Membership document from a recognized photographic association that show photographer is a professional member
    • At least 1 tearsheet showing your picture/s from 2019 or 2018, with your name visible as credit, in either online or print format from a recognized media organization or publication
    • Journalism union membership card
    • Press card.
  • The organization reserves the right to ask for additional information to help clarify the professional status.
  • Team entries of two or more photographers are allowed. Per team member proof of professional status must be provided.
  • The photographer(s) must be the author(s) of the pictures submitted in his/her/their name.
  • The photographer(s), or the agent or representative entering on their behalf, must be the copyright holder(s) or have been authorized by the copyright holder(s) to submit the pictures.
  • A picture can only be entered once, either as a single picture or as part of a story, or as part of a body of work in Long-Term Projects. Pictures submitted more than once will be removed from the contest.
  • Pictures can be submitted whether or not they have been published.
  • World Press Photo will use winning images for the production of its book and exhibition. Pictures must meet the following specifications:
    • Upload images with the original pixel size (unless cropped). Do not scale and do not change the resolution.
    • IICC profile must be embedded. AdobeRGB, sRGB or grayscale Gamma 2.2 are recommended. No CMYK.
    • It must be uploaded in JPEG format with high-quality compression. Winning images will be used for high-quality reproduction (these details can be included in the metadata of the pictures but must not be visible on the picture itself).
  • Pictures taken at restricted events (that is, events where only photographers commissioned by those organizing the event, for example, governments, political parties or corporations have access), are not accepted.
  • All pictures must have accurate captions, written in English only.
  • Only single exposure and single frame pictures will be accepted. The following are not accepted:
    • Multiple exposures, polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, and so forth).
    • Stitched panoramas, either produced in-camera or with image editing software.
  •  The content of a picture must not be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting or removing people and/or objects from within the frame. There are two exceptions:
    • Cropping that removes extraneous details is permitted.
    • Removing sensor dust or scratches on scans of negatives is permitted.
  • Adjustments of color or conversion to grayscale that do not alter content are permitted, with two exceptions:
    • Changes in color may not result in significant changes in hue, to such an extent that the processed colors diverge from the original colors.
    • Changes in density, contrast, color and/or saturation levels that significantly alter content by obscuring or eliminating information in the picture are not permitted.
  • Participants must provide the file(s) as recorded by the camera for all images that proceed to the final stages of the contest. These file(s) will be requested and studied confidentially between 20 January - 8 February 2020. Failure to provide these files when requested will lead to the exclusion of the entry.
  • Entries must be submitted via the official contest platform. Entries sent in other ways will not be accepted.
  • Copyright holders retain the copyright of their work. For awarded pictures, copyright holders grant the World Press Photo Foundation unlimited non-exclusive use of high- resolution pictures for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest, the exhibition, the yearbook, the public archive, and all promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of the World Press Photo Foundation, without any remuneration being due.
  • For all pictures except awarded pictures, copyright holders grant the World Press Photo Foundation non-exclusive use of low-resolution pictures in a non-public archive for its educational and research activities, without any remuneration being due.
  • The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the pictures does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the World Press Photo Foundation specified in articles 16 and 17. The copyright holders will hold the World Press Photo Foundation harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.
  • The Entry Rules and any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Entry Rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by Dutch law.
  • Any dispute arising from the Entry Rules (whether contractual or non-contractual) shall be decided solely and exclusively by the competent court of Amsterdam.
  • The conditions set out in the Entry Rules are binding, and the World Press Photo Foundation reserves the right to refuse or exclude any entry at its own discretion.


  • An international jury selects the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year and gives first, second, and third prizes in all categories.
  • All nominated photographers of the photo contest receive:
    • Inclusion in the World Press Photo year-long exhibition, which travels to 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million people each year.
    • Inclusion in the annual collectible yearbook, available in multiple languages with a worldwide distribution of more than 30,000
    • Invitation, return airfare, and hotel accommodation for the annual networking event, the World Press Photo Festival, in Amsterdam.
    • A diploma and Golden Eye Award, presented at the annual Awards Ceremony during the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam.
    • In addition, nominees are often featured in major publications and invited to speak at public events, exhibition openings, and lectures throughout the year.

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