2021 Best of Photojournalism Competition

Divided into five primary divisions, Still Photojournalism, Video Photojournalism, Picture Editing, Video Editing and Online Video Presentation & Innovation

For almost 75-years, the members of the National Press Photographers Association have worked tirelessly for the benefit of photojournalists by utilizing a range of advocacy and educational programs. Through our annual Best of Photojournalism competition, we proudly recognize the work of visual storytellers around the world.

The 2021 Best of Photojournalism contest judging will take place during the weekend of March 13th and 14th. All results will be posted on this site on Wednesday March 17th at 2:00pm EST. Recordings of the judging process for each division will be made available shortly thereafter and will be posted on each category’s page.

The 2021 competition will accept entries starting on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, and remain open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 7, 2021. (Note: The submission deadline has been extended due to ongoing national events.)

Entries for the 2021 Best of Photojournalism competition will be entered via an online portal. All entrants will be required to have a contest-site account regardless of whether they are an NPPA member or not. If you entered in 2020, you will be able to reuse that account. (Your NPPA login credentials will not work on the competition submission site.)

All entries must have been made (or, for story categories, initially published) between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

Category information for the five divisions is available at the top of each page. Please be sure to review the Visual Integrity, Technical Guidelines and Terms of Entry pages before you begin preparing your entries.

The competition is supported through a partnership with the University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication and presented by Sony as its primary sponsor.

Questions about the competition can be sent to [email protected]