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Deadline: 13th January 2011
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2011 World Press Photo Contest

234x60_English_2011 The annual World Press Photo contest is at the core of World Press Photo’s activities. It offers an overview of how press photographers tackle their work worldwide and how the press gives us the news, bringing together pictures from all parts of the globe to reflect trends and developments in photojournalism.

The main overall prize, the World Press Photo of the Year, is awarded for the single photograph that is not only the photojournalistic encapsulation the year, but represents an issue, situation or event of great journalistic importance, and does so in a way that demonstrates an outstanding level of visual perception and creativity. It has come to be regarded as the most prestigious international award for photojournalism in the world.

The contest is open to all professional press photographers. There is no entry fee.
Not only photographers, but also photo agencies, newspapers and magazines from anywhere in the world are invited to submit their best news-related pictures from the previous year. Both single images and photo stories are eligible. The results are published on this website.

Judging takes place at the beginning of February each year. The contest jury comprises 19 picture editors, photographers and representatives of press agencies from different parts of the world, with widely divergent backgrounds.

This brings to the process a breadth of experience, a variety of perception and a contrast in viewpoint that keeps judging dynamic and bolsters objectivity. The jury acts independently of World Press Photo and the organization has no influence on its decisions.

Winners are announced at a press conference in the second week of February. Prize-winning photographers are invited to receive their awards at the annual Awards Days in Amsterdam at the end of April.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: The award carries a cash prize of EUR 10,000, as well as expenses to travel to Amsterdam for the Awards Days in April. The winner also receives one of Canon's latest professional digital cameras.

The Golden Eye Awards: In each category both the photographer of the best single picture and the photographer of the best picture-story/portfolio receive a Golden Eye Award and a cash prize of EUR 1,500, together with sponsorship of their trip to Amsterdam for the awards ceremony. Winners of second and third prizes and those receiving honorable mention receive a Golden Eye Award and a diploma. ELIGIBILITY: Only open to professional photographers and photojournalists Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: The photographer grants World Press Photo permission to use prize-winning material in the contest, the exhibition, the yearbook, the portfolio CD, on the website and for the promotion of World Press Photo activities, without any remuneration being due. This permission is limited to an 18-month period from the announcement of the 2011 awards and is applicable only if the material is selected by the jury. The photographer grants World Press Photo permission to use material submitted in the contest and selected by the jury indefinitely and without any remuneration being due, in its online archive showcasing the results of previous contests. USAGE RIGHTS: The photographer grants World Press Photo permission to use prize-winning material in the contest, the exhibition, the yearbook, the portfolio CD, on the website and for the promotion of World Press Photo activities, without any remuneration being due. This permission is limited to an 18-month period from the announcement of the 2011 awards and is applicable only if the material is selected by the jury. The photographer grants World Press Photo permission to use material submitted in the contest and selected by the jury indefinitely and without any remuneration being due, in its online archive showcasing the results of previous contests.

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