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The 2011 World Press Photo Contest

The 2011 World Press Photo Contest is now open for entries.

World Press Photo invites all press photographers and photojournalists around the world to participate in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest. The annual competition is the largest press photography contest in the world. In the 2010 contest, 5,847 photographers from 128 countries participated submitting a total of 101,960 photographs.

First prize winners in each category will receive a cash prize of €1,500. The premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, carries a cash prize of €10,000.

Objective

The 2011 World Press Photo Contest accepts entries in the following categories:

  • Spot News
    Single images or stories/portfolios of unscheduled events for which no advance planning was possible. All images must have been shot in 2010.
  • General News
    Single images or stories/portfolios of planned or organized events. All images must have been shot in 2010.
  • People in the News
    Single images or stories/portfolios of people or groups of people featuring in the news. All images must have been shot in 2010.
  • Sports
    Single images of sports action or sports feature stories/portfolios.
  • Contemporary Issues
    Single feature images or stories/portfolios exploring contemporary social issues, environmental issues, health issues, etc.
  • Daily Life
    Single images or stories/portfolios illustrating the richness and diversity of everyday life.
  • Portraits
    Single images or stories/portfolios portraying people (groups and individuals), including public figures and celebrities.
  • Arts and Entertainment
    Editorial reporting in single images or stories/portfolios of visual and performing arts, rituals, festivals, etc.
  • Nature
    Single images or stories/portfolios about the natural world, flora and fauna, landscapes, etc.

Digital images must meet the following specifications:

  • Images must be at least 3,000 pixels in length.
  • Each image must be saved as a separate JPEG with the highest quality setting.
  • An embedded ICC profile is required. AdobeRGB or sRGB is recommended for color images, Gamma 2.2 for black and white. No CMYK.

Prizes

The jury will give first, second and third prizes in all categories. First prize winners in each category will receive a cash prize of €1,500. The premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, carries a cash prize of €10,000.

The prizewinning pictures are presented in an exhibition that travels to around 100 cities in 45 countries, starting in Amsterdam at the end of April 2011. In addition, a yearbook published in six languages offers an insight into the winning pictures.

Rules

  • World Press Photo invites professional photographers and photojournalists from around the world to participate.
  • All entries must include the personal and professional details of the participant as well as a full specification of all digitally submitted images in the form of all required metadata. The photographer’s professional status must be established by providing a document of verification (press card, union membership card, letter of reference or other official document).
  • Single images in all categories must have been taken in 2010.
  • Images can only be entered once, either as a single image or as part of a story/portfolio.
  • Images not (yet) published can be submitted.
  • All required image information, such as the creation date, place and country as well as the caption/description, must be included in the metadata of the image files.
  • The content of the image must not be altered. Only retouching which conforms to currently accepted standards in the industry is allowed.
  • Only single-frame images will be accepted. Composite and multiple exposure images will not be accepted. Images with added borders, backgrounds or other effects will not be accepted. Images must not show the name of a photographer, agency, or publication.
  • Entries submitted by e-mail will not be accepted.

How to enter?

Request a username and password from the official website, no later than 7 January 2011 and upload your entries.

For further information please contact Ms Sasja de Bie at the World Press Photo Communication Department: press [at] worldpressphoto.org (please replace [at] with @).