Enter the World Press Photo Contest 2017 (Win a Trip to Amsterdam)

Enter the World Press Photo Contest 2017 (Win a Trip to Amsterdam)

Deadline: January 11, 2017

Send entries for 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. The contest is organized into categories, and judged by a jury comprising leading photojournalism professionals.

Entries may fall into any of the following categories:

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Daily Life
  • General News
  • Long term projects
  • Nature
  • People
  • Sport
  • Spot News

See more information on the various categories.


  • 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;
  • All award winners are brought to Amsterdam in April to receive their prize during the World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism, a two-day event featuring photographer presentations, screenings, talks, and the Awards Ceremony.


  • Contest is only open to professional photographers. This must be established by providing proof of professional status (including, but not limited to, a scan of a press card; membership document from a professional photographic association; journalism union membership card; letter of reference from a photo agency, photo editor or publication);
  • 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.
  • See more entry rules.

Application Process

  • Entries can only be submitted here;
  • Pictures must meet the following specifications:
    • Must be uploaded in .jpeg/.jpg format.
    • Should be saved with a medium to high quality.
    • Should be at least 3,000 pixels in length.
    • Should have an embedded ICC profile. Adobe RGB or sRGB is recommended for color pictures, Gamma 2.2 for black and white. No CMYK.

Important Dates

  • November 16, 2016: Details about the contest, as well as the jury members’ names, were announced.
  • December 1, 2016: The contest website opens for entries.
  • January 6, 2017: Registration for the contest website closes. All entrants must register by this deadline.
  • January 11, 2017: The contest website closes for entries and judging begins.
  • February 13, 2017: Winners are announced.
  • April 20-22, 2017: All winners are invited to the World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism in Amsterdam.

For more information, visit World Press Photo Contest.