2024 Contest entries open

2024 World Press Photo Contest now open for entries

The 2024 World Press Photo Contest is now open for submissions until 11 January 2024, 13.00 CET (Amsterdam time). Entering the contest is free and open to all professional photographers working in the field of photojournalism and/or documentary photography.

Qualifying photographers may enter here.

Do you know someone who should enter this contest? Or have you seen work you think should be part of it? Please share this with the photographer.

This is the third contest working with our regional model. There will be six regional juries, which forward top entries to a global jury made up of the regional jury chairs plus a global chair. We are working with our regional partners, Drik Picture Library in Bangladesh and The Market Photo Workshop in South Africa to better connect to local networks. We want the 2024 Contest to be a platform that reflects the important stories that were made across the world this year.

Introducing the 2024 Contest global jury chair: Fiona Shields

Fiona Shields has over 20 years’ picture editing experience across a range of newspaper titles. She is also a curator, speaker on photojournalism and photography mentor. She was picture editor of The Guardian for ten years before taking up her current role as Head of Photography for Guardian News and Media Group.

Throughout her career she has been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time including the events surrounding 9/11, conflicts around the world, large-scale natural disasters, and the humanitarian crises resulting from the growing refugee numbers across the globe.

In addition she has judged numerous high-profile photographic awards including the World Press Photo Contest, the Sony World Photography Awards, The Carmignac Photojournalism Award, and The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. She is a regular nominator for the Prix Pictet Prize.

Executive director of the World Press Photo Foundation, Joumana El Zein Khoury, said:

The first month alone of the latest Israel-Hamas war was the deadliest for journalists in any conflict recorded by the Committee to Protect Journalists since 1992. While we mourn the killing of Palestinian, Israeli and Lebanese journalists and civilians, equally we must acknowledge the one-sidedness of the death toll - with 50 Palestinian, 4 Israeli, and 3 Lebanese journalists killed so far.

It is with this weighing heavily on our minds that we open our contest to all professional press and documentary photographers, regardless of location or topic. Without them, all of us would be blind to the reality of important stories there and around the world.

Why should photographers enter?

Entering the World Press Photo Contest is free and open to all professional photographers working in the field of photojournalism and/or documentary photography.

As a winner, your work will be:
  • Included in the annual World Press Photo year-long worldwide exhibition
  • Published on the World Press Photo website and social platforms with over 2 million followers
  • Included in the World Press Photo Yearbook, our annual collectible publication
You will also receive:
  • €1,000 for each of the 24 regional winners and an additional €5,000 for the four global winner
  • An invitation to the Winners’ Program in Amsterdam
  • A physical award
  • For the 4 global winners: A FUJIFILM GFX100 II camera, with two lenses of choice, two Li-ion batteries and dual battery charger

Webinars to help entrants

World Press Photo will host several online expert talks for information and tips on preparing entries - with previous winners and jury members, including Isadora Romero, Alessandro Cinque, M'hammed Kilito, Veejay Villafranca, Anush Babajanyan, Sodiq Adelakun Adekola, and Angela Jimu.

These will give you an overview of the entry process, share insights on how to effectively submit your best work, and answer all your questions so you are ready to enter the contest. Learn more and register.

2024 Contest timeline

  • Entries open: 1 December 2023, 13.00 CET (Amsterdam time)
  • Entries close: 11 January 2024, 13.00 CET (Amsterdam time)
  • Regional winners announcement: 3 April 2024
  • Global winners announcement: 18 April 2024
  • Flagship World Press Photo Exhibition 2024 opens in Amsterdam: 19 April 2024

Notes for editors

No synthetic or artificially generated images and no use of artificially generative fill are allowed in this contest. Any use of these tools will automatically disqualify the entry from the contest.

For additional information and questions please contact our Communications team: communications@worldpressphoto.org