The World Press Photography contest and celebrates the photojournalism and documentary photography over the last year. Enter for free your work and win as a regional winner €1,000 and €5,000 as a global winner in addition. You can have your work showcased to the global audience, and more.
The 2022 World Press Photo Contest is open until 12.00 noon CET, 11 January 2022. A multiplicity of stories and photographers in a diverse range is welcomed from the world to enter the contest.
Why one should enter?
Entering this World Press Photo Contest is open and free to all professional photographers working in the photojournalism and/or documentary field.
The winners work will be:
- Included in the annual travelling exhibition shown in over 80 cities
- Published on the social platforms and website that already has more than 2 million followers
- Included in our yearbook
You will \ receive:
- €1,000 for 24 regional winners eacj and an additional €5,000 for four global winners
- A physical award
- An invitation to a winners’ event
Online session’s information
Join any one of the online events organized for entrants specifically to know about the 2022 Contest.
- Entries open: 1 December 2021, 12.00 (noon) CET
- Entries close: 11 January 2022, 12.00 (noon) CET
- Regional winners announcement: 24 March 2022
- Global winners announcement: 7 April 2022
- Flagship World Press Photo Exhibition 2022 in Amsterdam: 16 April 2022
How to enter the 2022 Contest
Read the information and entry rules, guidance on writing captions, code of ethics, verification and technical requirements. To enter the contest, the steps are:
- Create your personal Picture account. If you already have a login by contesting in the last three years in the photo contest, use the same, it works.
- Register for the 2022 World Press Photo Contest. It needs your personal data and f professional status proof. A new entrant can go through the registration process and to meet the entry rules. Get additional information to clarify professional status.
- Upload your work, metadata, add captions, and other information, while your registration is under review.
- Submit the entries before 11 January 2022, before the deadline. Log into the account and edit the submission. Ensure to resubmit the entry. Industry experts and World Press Photo staff members will give answers and tips for your questions in different online information sessions in the coming weeks.
Every regional winner of the contest will get:
- €1,000, a monetary prize
- A physical award, invitation to winners event
- Inclusion in the year-long in the annual World Press Photo in the worldwide exhibition
- Winners event invitation
- World Press photo platforms promotion
- Online collection publication and World Press Photo website and personal profile
- Inclusion in annual yearbook as collectible, available with a worldwide distribution in multiple languages in over 30,000 copies.
In addition, winners are featured in major publications and are invited to speak at public events, exhibition openings, and lectures throughout the year.
24 regional winners are awarded, one per category (Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects and
Open Format) per region (Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, South America, and
Southeast Asia and Oceania).
A global jury selects the four global winners: the World Press Photo of the Year, the World Press Photo Story of the Year, the World Press Photo Long-Term Project Award, and the World Press Photo Open Format Award. The global winners will be chosen from the regional winners in their respective categories.
In addition to their regional prizes, global winners will also receive:
- An additional monetary prize of €5,000
- An additional physical award
2022 Contest categories
The 2022 World Press Photo Contest works with 6 worldwide regions – Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia and Oceania. Entries will be judged in the region in which they have been taken, for example a single photograph taken in Canada would be entered into North and Central America in the Singles category. Find out more about the regions.
Each region has four format-based categories: Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects and Open Format.
These categories welcome entries that document news moments, events and aftermaths, as well as social, political and environmental issues or solutions.
These format-based categories encompass all thematic categories from previous contests – such as general news, spot news, contemporary issues, environment, nature, sports, portraits – therefore entries on a wide range of themes may be submitted to the appropriate format-based category.
- Single frame photographs.
- All singles must have been shot in 2021.
- All singles will be eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year award.
- Stories can contain between 3 and 10 single frame photographs.
- All photographs entered into the stories category must have been shot in 2020 or 2021. At least one photograph in a story must have been shot in 2021.
- All stories will be eligible for the World Press Story of the Year award. Long-Term Projects
- Projects on a single theme containing between 24-30 single frame photographs.
- An entry must contain photographs from at least three different years, and a minimum of four photographs must have been shot in 2021.
- All projects will be eligible for the World Press Photo Long-Term Project award.
- The Open Format category welcomes a range and/or mixture of storytelling mediums (including but not limited to): Polyptychs; multiple exposure images; stitched panoramas; photographic collages; interactive documentaries (for example AR, VR, web-based etc); short documentary videos of up to 15 minutes.
- The main visual content of the project must be still photography, but can be presented in combination with (but not limited to) video, animation, graphics, illustrations, sound or text.
- Entries in this category must have been produced or first published in 2021.
- All projects that include text or audio elements must either have English-language audio and/or text or must be subtitled in English.
- Entries in this category must be accessible online.
- All projects will be eligible for the World Press Photo Open Format award.
2022 Contest ethics code
The World Press Photo Contest connects trustworthy and high-quality non-fiction storytelling and reporting with a global audience through exhibitions, digital channels, and the year book. Being a global platform offers the responsibility to present compelling and precise work.
Entrants to this contest must ensure all entered material are created ethically and it provides a fair representation of the photographed stories and people. Entrants must comply with the following code of ethics:
- Must be aware of the photographer’s presence and influence one can have on a scene they photograph.
- Must not mislead by recreating or staging events. Deliberate reenactments can be acceptable to serve a clear purpose for the story and/or issue being documented, and the photographer needs to be transparent about the motivation process. Any direct influence, such as reenactments or posed portraits, should be included in the captions.
- Must ensure individuals and/or groups are photographed and treated with dignity and respect. The photographer causes no psychological or physical harm.
- Must ensure that consent is appropriately handled, for relevant local and international laws and for the ability of an individual to give informed consent. Consider whether individuals and/or groups are informed adequately about the potential use and photographs distribution via the contest, and what impact that could have on them. Information about consent should be indicated in the caption.
- Consider the measures to safeguard identity while photographing vulnerable groups, children, and individuals when photographing or in the caption.
- Ensure that independence is upheld and must not pay individuals and/or groups for information or participation, or accept any form of compensation–such as gifts, money or favours–from those who may seek to influence the story.
- Must ensure personal safety of everyone involved. Avoid taking unnecessary risks that can result in dangerous situations.
- Respect the work of other photographers. Consider whether work repeats well-known examples or is distinctive.
- Must ensure that the content and edit of photographs and stories present an accurate and comprehensive representation of individuals and/or groups. Consider whether graphic and violent photographs are appropriate for the story presented, especially when they involve vulnerable people.
- Avoid reinforcing stereotypes and be aware of biases that can result in misrepresentation.
- Ensure captions, and any other textual elements, are accurate.
- Must be open and transparent about the entire process through which their photographs are made, and are accountable to the World Press Photo Foundation for their practice. World Press Photo’s code of ethics must adhere to the journalistic and documentary practices and standards.
2022 Contest technical requirements
The 2022 winning entries will be made into an exhibition and will be printed in our yearbook. Include all winning entries in our exhibition and yearbook entries to meet our technical requirements.
Singles, Stories and Long-Term Projects categories Photographs in the Singles, Stories and Long-Term Projects must meet the following requirements:
- Only single-frame photographs to enter to the above-mentioned categories.
- Upload photographs of the original pixel size (unless cropped). Do not scale or change the resolution.
- ICC profile must be embedded. AdobeRGB, sRGB or grayscale Gamma 2.2 are recommended. No CMYK.
- Must upload in JPEG format with high-quality compression.
World Press Photography contest Projects to the Open Format category must meet the following requirements:
- Video files to be uploaded in .mov or .mp4 and have high-quality compression. Videos not to exceed 15 minutes. If you upload multiple videos, the jury will watch the first 15 minutes only.
- Web-based projects must be available online and accessible via URL. If you submit a
web-based project, upload your production poster and add in the description field the link to the project.