Czech Press Photo enters its 23rd year


The prestigious domestic photography and video contest, Czech Press Photo, designed for all professional photographers and video content creators from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, is entering its 23rd year. Entries can be sent from the beginning to the end of September using the {link class='clr-cpp' target='_top' url='' text='online form.'}


“We expect that a similar, or even higher, number of works will be entered into this year’s contest as were last year. In mid-October, after our international judging panel gathers, we will be announcing the nominations for the different categories, with the overall results announced on 21 November. The public will be able to view all nominated images and some other selected photos at our exhibition, which will again be held in the Old Town Hall,” says Veronika Souralová, Director of Czech Press Photo. Last year, 349 artists took part in the contest, 58 more than the previous year. There was a total of almost 6 thousand photographs and videos entered.

This year, the contest is open in over twenty photo categories and three video categories. The work will be assessed by two separate panels. The head of the photography panel will be photographer, Petr Josek. The panel will comprise: Clement Saccomani, NOOR Managing Director, Adrian Evans, Panos Pictures Director, Slovak publicist Juraj Mravec, with Czechs represented by photographer Jan Šibik, teacher Filip Láb and photographer Alžběta Jungrová. The video panel chair will be director, screenwriter and producer Josef Havran, along with director and teacher Olga Sommerová, editor and teacher Alois Fišárek, camera operator Jan Vaniš, photographer Miro Švolík and marketing specialist Martina Hyndráková.

The video panel will assess the contest entries on 10 October, and the photo panel will sit from 12 to 15 October within the multi-genre Czech Photo Centre. The panel will then determine which picture will receive the main prize – “Photograph of the Year”.

Each photograph and video can only be entered for the contest electronically. The contest is open to anyone with permanent residence in the Czech Republic or Slovakia; publishers, agencies, vocational schools, and freelance photographers. The entry fee for submitting photographs comes to 800 CZK/29 EUR, not payable for those under the age of 23. Submissions to video categories are entirely free of charge.

The “Photo of the Year” is the contest’s main prize. It is awarded to the picture the international jury selects as best in terms of its journalistic qualities (topicality, information value, expressiveness, readiness), aesthetic value and because it symbolises an important issue of the year. The prize winner receives a monetary award of CZK 120,000 and the Crystal Eye trophy. All categories you can find at rules page.

The Czech Press Photo 2017 contest and exhibition is run by: CZECH PHOTO, o.p.s. and the City of Prague Supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Mayor of Prague.

General partner: Trigema; Partners: Canon, EOX, Siko, Ptáček-koupelny, Renomia, ČTK, UNHCR, EIZO, Samsung, Pictoart, Olympus, Rückl Crystal, Výbor dobré vůle, Nadace Olgy Havlové.

Main Media Partner: Český rozhlas 1 - Radiožurnál, Media Partners: Právo,, Forbes, Lidé a Země, Prima ZOOM, Prague Morning

The main prize was produced by Rückl Crystal

The Czech Press Photo 2017 exhibition will be open to the public from 22 November 2017 to 30 January 2018 in the Cloisters and the Knights’ Hall in the Old Town Hall in Prague.

Press release to download at format .docx
Press release with photos to download at format  .zip

Contat details and further info:
Public relations - Radek Polák tel.: +420 778 747 113,,