The World Press Photo Foundation is inviting professional photojournalists and visual storytellers worldwide to participate in its 59th annual photo contest.
Entries may be submitted online via the World Press Photo entry website: https://submit.worldpressphoto.org. Also accessible on this site is the new code of ethics, revised entry rules, detailed information on the judging process, and guidance to the new verification process, which includes four video examples of what is and is not considered to be manipulation. Contestants will now be required to provide accurate captions””for which there is also detailed guidance“”in English and a new fact-checking process will verify all information prior to the winners announcement.
The contest’s categories have also been adjusted. In particular, a new category, Long-Term Projects – Groups, has been introduced and Portraits has been renamed to People. In addition, story entries (except for those in the Long-Term Project categories) will now have a maximum allowance of eight photos.
A username and password are required to enter and can be requested until 7 January 2016, 12.00 (noon) CET. The final deadline for submissions is 13 January 2016, 12.00 (noon) CET. Judging will commence on 1 February 2016, in front of an international jury of leading experts in the field of photojournalism and documentary photography. The results of the 2016 Photo Contest will be announced on Thursday, 18 February 2016 at a press conference in Amsterdam.
The jury will select the World Press Photo of the Year 2015 and award the first, second, and third prizes in all categories. All winners receive a Golden Eye Award and are invited to the annual Awards Days, a networking event and celebration of the prizewinners, in Amsterdam on 22 and 23 April 2016. This year, all prizewinners will have their travel and lodging paid for by the World Press Photo Foundation.
The winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2015 will receive a cash prize of 10,000 EUR, and a selection of camera equipment provided by Canon. The prizewinning pictures are presented in a yearly publication and in an exhibition that opens in De Nieuwe Kerk (Amsterdam) in April 2016, and travels all year long to around 100 cities in 45 countries.