Las Vegas, NV—The 2020 World Press Photo Contest and Digital Storytelling Contest are still open for entries. Entering the contests is free, and all professional visual journalists worldwide are eligible. Entrants must register by January 9 and upload their submissions by January 14, 2020.
2020 World Press Photo Awards
Major awards for the 2020 World Press Photo Contest are the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year. Major awards for the Digital Storytelling Contest are the World Press Photo Interactive of the Year and the World Press Photo Online Video of the Year. The awards carry a cash prize of more than $11,000 each.
Entries are judged independently by a jury of visual storytelling professionals. Zoeann Murphy, visual journalist at the Washington Post, chairs the 2020 Digital Storytelling Contest jury; Lekgetho Makola, head of Market Photo Workshop, chairs the 2020 Photo Contest jury.
The World Press Photo Foundation is campaigning to attract a more representative range of submissions to both contests. It is focusing particularly on increasing the number of participants coming from countries underrepresented in the contests. The foundation also seeks to grow the number of entries from female visual journalists.
“It is important for us to improve representation from underrepresented regions; to encourage a diversity of perspectives and to showcase stories offering a more comprehensive representation of our world. For example, last year only 8% of World Press Photo Contest winners were from Africa; only 5% from South America,” said Anna Lena Mehr.
The 2019 photo contest saw a significant increase in the number of winners identifying as female, from 12% in 2018 to 32% in 2019. In addition to better gender representation amongst winners, the photo contest had a 3% increase in entrants identifying as female (16% in 2018 compared to 19% in 2019).
Moreover, the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest showed a gender balance of 53% identifying as women and 47% identifying as men (represented by the main visual journalist).