2024 World Press Photo Contest Call for Entries

2024 World Press Photo Contest Call for Entries

Photo credit:  Mohamed Mahdy, Magnum Foundation

New York, NY—The 2024 World Press Photo Contest call for entries was issued. The contest is now open for submissions until January 11, 2024, 13.00 CET (Amsterdam time). Moreover, entering the contest is free and open to all professional photographers working in the field of photojournalism and/or documentary photography.

Furthermore, the 2024 contest is World Press Photo’s third competition working with its regional model. The model focuses on increased visibility and connections in regions around the world that were historically underrepresented in the annual contest. What’s more, the organization is working with its regional partners, Drik Picture Library in Bangladesh and The Market Photo Workshop in South Africa to better connect to local networks. The model is also an attempt to have the 2024 contest be a platform that reflects the important stories that were made across the world this year.

2024 World Press Photo Contest Global Jury Chair

Fiona Shields has more than 20 years of picture-editing experience across various newspaper titles. She is also a curator, speaker on photojournalism and photography mentor. She was picture editor of The Guardian for 10 years before taking up her current role as head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group.

Throughout her career she has been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time. They include 9/11; conflicts around the world; large-scale natural disasters; as well as humanitarian crises resulting from the growing refugee numbers globally.

In addition, she has judged numerous high-profile photographic awards. For example, she has judged the World Press Photo Contest, the Sony World Photography Awards, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. She is also a regular nominator for the Prix Pictet Prize.

© Anush Babajanyan, VII Photo/National Geographic Society

“The first month alone of the latest Israel-Hamas war was the deadliest for journalists in any conflict recorded by the Committee to Protect Journalists,” commented Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director, World Press Photo Foundation. “While we mourn the killing of Palestinian, Israeli and Lebanese journalists and civilians equally we must acknowledge the one-sidedness of the death toll—with 50 Palestinian, 4 Israeli and 3 Lebanese journalists killed so far. “

It is against this backdrop that World Press Photo opens its 2024 contest to all professional press and documentary photographers, regardless of location or topic.

2024 World Press Photo Contest Details

Entering the World Press Photo Contest is free and open to all professional photographers working in the field of photojournalism and/or documentary photography.

As a winner, your work will be:

  • Included in the annual World Press Photo yearlong worldwide exhibition
  • Published on the World Press Photo website and social platforms with two million followers
  • Included in the World Press Photo Yearbook, its annual collectible publication

Moreover, prizes include:

  • $1,078 (€1,000) for each of the 24 regional winners and an additional $5,389 (€5,000) for the four global winners
  • An invitation to the Winners’ Program in Amsterdam
  • A physical award
  • For the four global winners: A Fujifilm GFX100 II camera, with two lenses of choice, two Li-ion batteries and a dual battery charger
2024 World Press Photo Timeline world-press-photo-logo 2024 world press photo contest

Entries opened: December 1, 2023, 13.00 CET (Amsterdam time)
Entries close: January 11, 2024, 13.00 CET (Amsterdam time)
Regional winners announcement: April 3, 2024
Global winners announcement: April 18, 2024
Flagship World Press Photo Exhibition 2024 opens in Amsterdam: April 19, 2024

Webinars to Help Entrants

World Press Photo will also host several online expert talks for information and tips on preparing entries. Further, they will feature previous winners and jury members. This will include Isadora Romero, Alessandro Cinque, M’hammed Kilito, Veejay Villafranca, Anush Babajanyan, Sodiq Adelakun Adekola as well as Angela Jimu.

What’s more, the webinars will give an overview of the entry process; share insights on how to effectively submit your best work; and answer all your questions so you are ready to enter the contest. Learn more and register here.


The World Press Photo will not accept synthetic or artificially generated images nor the use of artificially generative fill in this contest. Any use of these tools will automatically disqualify the entry from the contest.

To view the full rules as well as how to enter, click here.

World Press Photo Foundation

The organization’s mission is “Connecting the world to the stories that matter.” In addition, it is a global platform connecting photojournalists, documentary photographers and worldwide audiences through trustworthy storytelling.

A group of Dutch photographers founded the World Press Photo in 1955 when they organized a contest to expose their work to an international audience. Since then, its mission has expanded. Its contest has grown into one of the most prestigious competitions, rewarding the best in photojournalism and documentary photography from around the world. Moreover, through its successful worldwide exhibition program, the organization presents “the stories that matter” to millions of people.

Further, the World Press Photo Foundation is a creative, independent, nonprofit organization, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.