The 2019 Contests countdown is on

The 2019 World Press Photo Contest and 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest will open for entries on 3 December 2018!  We reccomend all UNP photographers to enter the contest. Why should you enter?  See below.  United National Photographers always reccomends WPP as we find it independent & honest with amazing showcases after the contest.

World Press Photo 2019

To put the spotlight on the stories that matter, this year World Press Photo have introduced three new, headline awards: in addition to the ‘World Press Photo of the Year’ we will be rewarding the ‘World Press Photo Story of the Year’ and for the Digital Storytelling Contest, the ‘World Press Photo Interactive of the Year’ and the ‘World Press Photo Online Video of the Year’. The winners of these four headline awards will receive €10,000 each.

Why you should enter:

  • It is free to enter
  • Open to all professionals around the world
  • Your work is presented anonymously to the jury
  • Independently judged by leaders in visual journalism
  • Winners are showcased in global exhibitions and yearbook
  • Winners share in prizes totaling more than €130,000 in value

Important dates:

2019 Photo Contest
3 December 2018: Entries open 12.00 (noon) CET
3 January 2019: Registration deadline 12.00 (noon) CET
8 January 2019: Submission deadline 12.00 (noon) CET

2019 Digital Storytelling Contest
3 December 2018: Contest entries open 12.00 (noon) CET
8 January 2019: Submission deadline 12.00 (noon) CET

Find out more and start preparing your submission

Meet the Jury Chairs of the 2019 Photo Contestand 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest

 

Chair of 2019 Photo Contest Jury: Whitney C. Johnson VP, Visuals and Immersive Experiences at National Geographic

Chair of 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest Jury: Zahra Rasool Head of Contrast— Al Jazeera’s immersive media studio

Announcing the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest and Photo Contest Jury Chairs

  • Zahra Rasool will chair the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest Jury
  • Whitney C. Johnson will chair the 2019 Photo Contest Jury
  • The full jury will be announced later this year
  • Entries for both contests open on 3 December 2018

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce that Zahra Rasool, Head of Contrast—Al Jazeera’s immersive media studio, will be chair of the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest Jury and that Whitney C. Johnson, Vice President, Visuals and Immersive Experiences, at National Geographic, will chair the 2019 Photo Contest Jury.

Anna Lena Mehr, director of contests at the World Press Photo Foundation, says:

“We are honored to have two incredibly talented and inspiring women leading the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest and Photo Contest. Zahra Rasool and Whitney Johnson both embody the values that are central to the World Press Photo Foundation: they both have impressive careers in the landscape of visual storytelling, and most of all they are strongly committed to diversity and ethical storytelling.”

Zahra Rasool will chair the 9th Digital Storytelling Contest Jury
Zahra Rasool is the Head of Contrast—Al Jazeera’s immersive media studio where she focuses on the production of compelling 360-degree video, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) content. Before joining Al Jazeera’s Innovation Team, she was the Managing Editor of HuffPost RYOT where she was responsible for RYOT’s editorial strategy, managing the content team and combining journalistic storytelling with VR and 360-degree technology. In 2015, she founded her own startup Gistory.

Zahra Rasool reflected on her upcoming task:

“I’m honored to be the chair of the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest Jury. I’m particularly thrilled to be a part this contest because it offers an opportunity to recognize new forms of storytelling, and also speaks to how they connect audiences to multilayered stories, which are very crucial in understanding both the pressing issues of our time and the people impacted by them.

I think it will be significant for the jury to make sure we recognize and honor pieces that champion and contend with ethical storytelling. It’s very important for us as journalists to continue to have conversations and challenge ourselves to ask: How can we tell ethical stories that do justice to the people at the center of the issues we’re covering?”

Zahra Rasool will be joined by a group of professionals in Amsterdam in February 2019 to judge the entries. The full jury will be announced later this year. Learn more about the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest judging process.

Whitney C.Johnson will be the 62nd Photo Contest Jury Chair
Whitney C.Johnson is the Vice President, Visuals and Immersive Experiences at National Geographic. Prior to joining the magazine, she was the director of photography at The New Yorker where her work was widely recognized, earning awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors; Awards of Excellence from the Society of Publication Designers; and a Peabody, in collaboration with Human Rights Watch and the photographer Platon.

The judging process for the 2019 Photo Contest involves four specialized juries and a general jury. It will take place in several rounds over a three-week period during January 2019. The full jury will be announced later this year. Learn more about the 2019 Photo Contest judging process.

Campaigning for diversity
In the coming weeks, the World Press Photo Foundation will campaign to attract a more representative range of submissions to both contests. In particular, the campaign will focus on increasing the number of participants coming from Africa and South America, boosting the number of women who enter their work, and finding great work on the environment and sport categories. In addition to making these aims well known through social media, the foundation is contacting editors, photographers and visual journalists around the world asking them to let us know about the compelling images and stories they have seen. The foundation will then contact those individuals directly and encourage them to apply.

Entries open on 3 December 2018
Both the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest and 2019 Photo Contest will open for submissions on 3 December 2018. Entering the contest is free and open to all professionals around the world.

This year, the World Press Photo Foundation is introducing three major new awards: ‘World Press Photo Story of the Year’ in the Photo Contest, and for the Digital Storytelling Contest, the ‘World Press Photo Interactive of the Year’ and the ‘World Press Photo Online Video of the Year’. Find out what’s new on the 2019 contests.

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Special exhibitions

Exhibitions

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 November to 13 December
A special exhibition of the 6×6 Global Talent Program, and the results of the Mozambican Photo Contest 2018 on Religion and Beliefs, will be shown alongside the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018. The 6×6 exhibition showcases stories by the six selected African talents, with a feature on the six South American talents.

Katowice, Poland, 1 December to 14 December

‘Our World’: spotlighting award-winning photography from the World Press Photo Contests 2016 – 2018 that portrays our natural world and human impact on the environment. All visitors can see the exhibition during the COP24 in Katowice, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2018

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 of award-winning images continues its tour around the world! The winning photographs selected from 73,044 images taken by 4,548 photographers from 125 different countries are on display in the following locations in the coming weeks:

Open now
Paris, France until 2 December
Groningen, the Netherlands until 2 December
Maia, Portugal until 2 December
Prangins, Switzerland until 9 December
Den Bosch, the Netherlands until 9 December
Lucca, Italy until 9 December
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova until 12 December
Maputo, Mozambique until 13 December
Opole, Poland 24 November to 16 December
Liege, Belgium until 13 January

Coming soon
Almaty, Kazakhstan 30 November to 13 December
Hulst, the Netherlands 30 November to 20 December
Valle d’Aosta Italy 7 December to 6 January
Shymkent Kazakhstan 10 December to 23 December
Tel Aviv, Israel 21 December to 2 February
Hilversum, the Netherlands 5 January to 27 January
Rotterdam, the Netherlands 19 January to 10 February
Oldenburg, Germany 16 February to 10 March

See where else the exhibition is going at worldpressphoto.org/exhibitions

*Please note, the list of exhibitions shared on our website is regularly updated as new locations are confirmed.