2022 World Press Photo Contest Jury

2022 World Press Photo Contest Jury


New York, NY—The World Press Photo Foundation introduced the professionals from around the world who will select and award the best photojournalism and documentary photography of 2021. What’s more, the organization announced the 2022 World Press Photo Contest jury by region.

Entries for the 65th Annual World Press Photo Contest are open until January 11, 2022. The judging process will start on January 17, 2022 and take place in several rounds.

In line with the new World Press Photo Contest model, a regional jury in each region will first make a selection of entries per category. Moreover, the regional jury is composed of professionals from and/or working in that region, with a range of expertise.

In addition, the independent global jury consists of the 2022 World Press Photo Contest regional jury chairs and one additional member, the global jury chair. Once the regional juries make their selections, the global jury will decide on the regional winners; and from those, the global winners.

2022 World Press Photo Contest Jury Chair

Rena Effendi will chair the 2022 World Press Photo Contest global jury. Focusing on issues of conflict, social justice as well as the environment, Effendi is a documentary photographer from Baku, Azerbaijan. Over the past two decades, she has photographed human interest stories around the world, working frequently as a contributor to National Geographic magazine.  2022 World Press Photo

“Certain perspectives have dominated the media landscape for a long time. This year, World Press Photo is moving in the right direction with a new regional format; it will allow and ensure representation of diverse storytellers from around the world to be spotlighted,” she stated.

2022 Regional juries

Following are the listings of the 2022 regional juries as well as the jury chair for each region.


Chair: N’Goné Fall, Senegal, independent curator

  • Ala Kheir, Sudan, photographer
  • Etinosa Yvonne, Nigeria, documentary photographer and visual artist
  • John Wessels, South Africa, photographer
  • Zohra Bensemra, Algeria, photojournalist

Chair: Tanzim Wahab, Bangladesh, director, Chobi Mela International Photography Festival

  • Abbas Kowsari, Iran, senior photo editor, Shargh Daily
  • Lam Yik Fei, Hong Kong, photographer
  • Sangsuk Sylvia Kang, South Korea, photographer, curator and photo editor
  • Tasneem Alsultan, Saudi Arabia, photographer and visual storyteller

Chair: Simona Ghizzoni, Italy, photographer, artist and activist for women’s rights

  • István Virágvölgyi, Hungary, curator and photo editor
  • Mads Nissen, Denmark, photographer, 2021 World Press Photo of the Year winner
  • Nestan Nijaradze, Georgia, cofounder and artistic director of Tbilisi Photo Festival and Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum
  • Stephanie Harke, Germany, freelance photo editor and photographer
North and Central America

Chair: To be announced

  • Brent Lewis, United States, photo editor, the New York Times; cofounder, Diversify Photo
  • Josué Rivas, Mexico, cofounder of INDÍGENA
  • Tomas Ayuso, Honduras, photojournalist
  • Veronica Sanchis Bencomo, Spain/Venezuela, photographer and founder, Foto Féminas
South America

Chair: Ernesto Benavides, Peru, documentary photographer

  • Denise Camargo, Brazil, photographer and professor
  • Fabiola Ferrero, Venezuela, photographer
  • Geovanny Villegas Sánchez, Ecuador, photographer and audiovisual producer
  • Veronica Cordeiro, Brazil, curator and artist
Southeast Asia and Oceania

Chair: Jessica Lim, Singapore, director, Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops

  • Ezra Acayan, Philippines, photographer
  • Linh Pham, Vietnam, photographer and cofounder, Matca
  • Mags King, United Kingdom, managing photo editor, Sydney Morning Herald
  • Yoppy Pieter, Indonesia, visual storyteller and educator
World Press Photo Foundation

The World Press Photo Foundation is a global platform connecting photojournalists, documentary photographers as well as a worldwide audiences through trustworthy storytelling.

The organization was founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest (World Press Photo) to expose their work to an international audience. Since then, its mission has expanded. In addition, the contest has grown into one of the world’s most prestigious competitions, rewarding the best in photojournalism and documentary photography.