2022 World Press Photo Contest for Photographers Worldwide
Deadline: January 11, 2022.
The annual World Press Photo Contest recognizes and celebrates the best photojournalism and documentary photography produced over the last year.
The are excited to welcome a multiplicity of stories and a diverse range of photographers from all over the world to enter the contest!
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.
- Photographers from all over the world to enter the contest.
- Work in the photojournalism and documentary photography field
Every regional winner of the contest receives:
- A monetary prize of €1,000
- Inclusion in the annual World Press Photo year-long worldwide exhibition
- Inclusion in the annual collectible yearbook, available in multiple languages with a worldwide distribution of more than 30,000 copies
- Publication in the online collection and a personal profile on World Press Photo’s website
- Promotion on World Press Photo’s platforms
- Invitation to a winners’ event
- A physical award
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
- 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.
- 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.