Czech Press Photo 2020 Rules

The competition’s photo revue and exhibition. Czech Photo o.p.s. and the City of Prague invite photographers from throughout the Czech and Slovak Republics to participate in the 26th year of the Czech Press Photo news photo competition.

The Mayor of Prague and Czech Minister of Culture have sponsored the CPP contest.

Contest categories

We urge you to read the rules carefully – and to respect the rules for when photos are taken and take due care to caption them correctly. Also note that unlike in previous years, single photos and series compete in each category together, not separately as before.

Spot News (single/series)

These are news photos of unexpected events for which the photographer could not prepare in advance. Only photographs from the current year - that is, taken from 1.10.2019-30.9.2020 - may be submitted. See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Reportage (single/series)

Reportage photos describe and display reality on the basis of specific facts acquired through direct participation in, or observation of, a given event. Here the photographer has had the opportunity to prepare for the event in advance. Only photographs from the current year - that is, taken from 1.10.2019-30.9.2020 - may be submitted. See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019,

Daily life (single / series)

Photographs that capture everyday activities. In this category, series that stretch beyond one year may be submitted – photographs may have been taken from 30.9.2018, but at least one photograph must have been taken from 1.10.2019 to 30.9.2020, provided that the same photographs have not already been entered in the competition in previous years. See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Art and Culture (single / series)

A reportage or document from an artistic environment. Human interaction in the cultural environment. Art is the subject-matter of the photograph(s) - i.e. not artistic photography. In this category, series that stretch beyond one year may be submitted – photographs may have been taken from 30.9.2018, but at least one photograph must have been taken from 1.10.2019 to 30.9.2020, provided that the same photographs have not already been entered in the competition in previous years. See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Sports (single / series)

CPP sports photos depict sports at every level from amateurs to the very top. Action. Adrenaline. Pro and amateur sports. Only photographs from the current year - that is, taken from 1.10.2019-30.9.2020 - may be submitted. See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Portrait (single / series)

Portraits for cover pages, interviews, reportage and stylised portraits. Only photographs from the current year - that is, taken from 1.10.2019-30.9.2020 - may be submitted. See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Humans and the environment (single/series)

This category reflects the impact of humans on the environment. A separate competition, Czech Nature Photo, deals with wildlife photography. In this category, series that stretch beyond one year may be submitted – photographs may have been taken from 30.9.2018, but at least one photograph must have been taken from 1.10.2019 to 30.9.2020, provided that the same photographs have not already been entered in the competition in previous years. See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Grant of Prague mayor

Prague’s Changes (series)

Work applying for a Prague CPP 2020 grant, an annual creative scholarship announced by the Mayor of Prague. In order to apply for a Prague Grant, you must send a description and in an e-mail to cp@czechphoto.org and upload a set of completed photographs, the concept of an ensemble, a topic that the author wants to address next year, to the eContest system. This might involve older photographs if they have not been submitted for the Czech Press Photo competition in the past, but at least one photograph must have been taken after 01.10.2019. Find more information on the Prague Grant winners history.

Signing up for the Competition

Photos will be accepted in electronic form. The entry fees sent by the competitors will be used to pay for printing the competition’s exhibition photographs. The jury has the right to request photographers’ data in RAW format and in high resolution for final printing. The authors of the photographs that are selected for the exhibition will be informed and will be given the opportunity to monitor their photos’ printing.

Photographs will be accepted in electronic format.

The entry fee collected from entrants will be used to print out exhibition photographs.

The panel of judges has the right to request data from the photographer in RAW and for subsequent printing in a higher resolution.

Competition dates

Contest opening for entries: 01. 09. 2020
Contest closing for entries: 30. 09. 2020
Photo Jury: 14. - 16. 10. 2020
Nominations announcement: 29. 10. 2020
Award ceremony: 12th of December 2020
Official opening of the Czech Press Photo 2020 exhibition: early March 2021 - to be decided

Submissions will only be accepted in electronic form.
Photographers must provide proof of their status as a professional in any one of the following forms:

  • A press card
  • or
  • member of an association such as APF (The Czech Association of Professional Photographers), Klub sportovních novinářů (The Czech Sports Photographers’ Club), etc.
  • or
  • Employer – media house or agency,
  • or
  • Letter of recommendation from a cooperating editorial board
  • or
  • A precise description of the medium for which the photo was taken
  • or
  • A scan showing where the photo was published
  • or
  • A trade certificate
  • or
  • For students: confirmation of studies at a school of photography or other relevant school
Entry fee: 1,000 CZK / 39 EUR. Junior competitors (23 and under) pay no entry fee.
When photos do not meet the mentioned criteria, the organizer or jury has the right to exclude these photos.
An expert panel selects nominations in each category
Once the panel’s work is complete, nominations are announced at a press conference
The final announcement of the winners that the jury selects from among the nominations will take place at the Czech Press Photo exhibition’s gala.

How to Caption News Photos

Photos’ authors bear full responsibility for the correctness of caption information.

  1. Verify all factual information concerning photos’ contents.
  2. Each caption should provide new information that is not obvious from the photo; it should contextualize the image.
  3. Always identify the main characters and the location of the photo’s events.
  4. Photographs depict a specific moment. Write the caption in the present tense.
  5. The impression from the caption should match the impression from the photo.
  6. Always state the exact date the photo was taken.
  7. Be brief. Write in full sentences. Stick to the facts; do not use evaluating adjectives (beautiful, fantastic, awful, terrifying, etc.).
  8. The permitted maximum length of one caption is 250 characters.

AWARDS

Czech taxation of Czech Press Photo prizes: Prizes with a value of above 10,000 CZK are stated as an amount in CZK before taxation. This taxation is governed by the relevant national laws. For non-monetary prizes, this amount is stated as the usual price of the goods, once again before taxation. Prizes of less than 10,000 CZK are tax-free.

2020 CZECH PRESS PHOTO OF THE YEAR

The title of "Photograph of the Year" is the main prize in the competition. It will be awarded to the photograph which the international panel of judges ranks highest in terms of journalistic qualities (topicality, informativeness, expressiveness, instancy), which is of an outstanding aesthetic standard, and which symbolises an important topic of the year. The winner will receive prize-money of CZK 120,000, a certificate, and a sculpture from David Černý. The prize will be paid out no later than 31st of December 2020.

See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

Prizes in competition categories

Nominations for prize-winners in each of the competition categories will be announced after the meeting of the panel of judges. The international panel of judges will determine the winners of the category, followed by 2nd and 3rd places in that category. All winners of each individual category will receive CZK 20,000 and a certificate, 2nd place CZK 10,000, and 3rd place CZK 5,000. Prizes will be announced and presented at a ceremony. The prize will be paid out on 31.1.2021 at the latest.

See the winning pictures from the last years: past years.

Prague Grant 2020 (Transformations of Prague - series)

The annual creative scholarship announced by Prague City Hall for photographs to concern the transformation of the capital will be awarded by the Mayor of Prague in person, at the recommendation of the international panel of judges, to the entrant in the competition who, through the work submitted in the competition and a demonstration of the project articulated in the competition application form, provides the greatest guarantees of taking a professional approach to the project. The scholarship is worth CZK 100,000. After a year of work, the holder must present Prague City Hall with two sets of his/her thirty best photographs for archiving and exhibition purposes. Applications for the Prague Grant must be accompanied by a description (of a maximum length of one standardised page) and a set of completed photographs, representing the concept of an ensemble that the photographer wishes to systematically address. The prize paid out on 31.12.2020 at the latest.

See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

CANON JUNIOR AWARD

A prize for newcomer of the year in the sphere of photography, presented to a young photographer under the age of 23, across all categories. Canon will award a prize of voucher for CZK 30,000 to the winner.

See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

ČTK Award (Czech News Agency)

Is awarded as part of the Czech Press Photo competition to news photography that has exceptional journalistic qualities - topicality, instancy, and resonance. Rewarded with a placement at ČTK (photographic news reporting or photo bank) for a photographer under the age of 26.

See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019,

UNHCR Award

The UN Refugee Agency Prize is awarded to a photograph or series of photographs from the Czech Republic or abroad that capture(s) in the most poignant way possible the issue of refugees, i.e. people who have had to leave their homes for fear of persecution. The winner will receive prize of CZK 25,000.

See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

PICTOART Award

A prize of CZK 25,000, awarded by this professional laboratory, is intended for the preparation and adaptation of a separate exhibition collection of the work of the winner of the Prague Grant Czech Press Photo 2020 award at PICTOART laboratories.

See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

The SAMSUNG Prize

A special prize awarded in the portrait, art and culture or sport categories of the Czech Press Photo competition. The winner will be chosen by Samsung representatives from an initial selection made by the international panel of experts. The winner will receive a certificate and a prize from Samsung: a QLED Frame TV.

THE CHILDREN’S AWARD

Will be awarded to the photograph given the highest number of votes by a panel of child judges put together by Czech Radio.

See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Committee of Good Will – Olga Havel Foundation “My Life with a Handicap” AWARD

The prize is awarded to a photograph or series of photographs from the Czech Republic which show(s) the specific life conditions of persons with sensory, physical, or mental disability, or of people who are at risk of social exclusion. The winner will receive prize of CZK 20,000.

See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.

VISITORS AWARD

Awarded to the photograph which receives the highest number of votes in a poll of visitors to the exhibition in Prague.

See the winning pictures from the last years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

RULES

Czech and Slovak photographers and photographers permanently resident in the Czech or Slovak Republics can participate in the contest with work produced for publication in the media during the period:
A maximum of ten individual works (where one photographic series is considered one work) may be entered in the contest. A photographic series may contain a maximum of 9 thematically-related pictures.

The photographer must demonstrate his/her professional status by way of one of the following:

  • a press card or
  • membership of an association, e.g. APF (Association of Professional Photographers), Klub sportovních novinářů (Sports Journalists Club), etc. or
  • employer - media house, agency or
  • trade licence — photographic services or
  • a letter of recommendation from a collaborating editorial team or
  • a scan of any photograph published in the media or
  • for students, confirmation of studies at a school of photography or vocational school.
  1. The organisation reserves the right to request additional information to clarify professional status.
  2. Team participation by two or more photographers is permissible. Each team member must provide proof of his/her professional status.
  3. The photographer(s) must be the author(s) of the photographs presented in his/her/their name.
  4. The photographer(s), or an agent or representative who enters on their behalf, must be the copyright holder/holders or must be authorised to submit the photographs by the copyright holder/holders.
  5. A photograph may only be entered once, either as a single photograph or as part of a story, or as part of the core of a work in the case of long-term projects. Photographs submitted more than once will be disqualified from the competition.
  6. Photographs may be submitted regardless of whether they have been published or not.
  7. The winning photographs will be used to prepare an exhibition, catalogue, and book. Photographs must meet the following requirements:
    • JPG (High quality).
    • TIFF (LZW or ZIP compression) - maximum size 200 MB per file.
    • Files must be in RGB space and contain ICC profile.
    • Preferred for colour photographs: AdobeRGB, ProPhoto, sRGB.
    • Preferred for black-and-white photographs: Dot Gain 20%, Gamma 2.2.
    • Photos without a profile will be displayed and printed as if they had an sRGB profile.
    • The resolution of the photograph must be at least 3000 pixels on the long side.
  8. The name of the photographer, agency, or publishing house, or any other information may not appear on photographs (these details may be entered in the metadata of the photographs, but may not appear on the photograph itself).
  9. All photographs must have accurate captions, in Czech and English, and must contain all the information specified in the instructions for captions.
  10. The permitted maximum length of one caption is 250 characters.
  11. Only single exposures and individual images will be accepted. The following will not be accepted:
    • multiple exposures, polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.);
    • composed scenes created either by camera or image processing software.
  12. The content of a photograph must not be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting, or removing people and/or objects from the shot. There are two exceptions to this rule:
    • Cropping is allowed to remove irrelevant details.
    • Removal of dust from the sensor or scratches on the negative is permitted.
  13. The colour may be adjusted or changed to shades of grey that do not alter the content, except in the following two cases:
    • Changes of colour may not result in significant hue changes to such an extent that the processed colours differ from the original colours.
    • Changes in levels of density, contrast, colour, and/or saturation which substantially change the content by darkening or removing information from the photograph are not permissible. The panel of judges shall determine which changes are substantial.
  14. Entries must be submitted through the official competition platform. Entries sent in any other way shall not be accepted.
  15. Copyright holders retain the copyright to their works. In relation to prize-winning images, copyright holders allow Czech Photo unlimited use of high-resolution photographs for activities in all media, including social media, online and in print, to concern the competition, exhibition, yearbook, public archive, and all promotional and educational activities carried out by Czech Photo or under the auspices of Czech Photo, without Czech Photo having any obligation to pay.
  16. In relation to all photographs apart from those that win prizes, copyright holders allow Czech Photo non-exclusive use of low-resolution photographs in a non-public archive for its educational and research activities, without Czech Photo having any obligation to pay.
  17. Copyright holders declare and warrant that the submission of photographs does not constitute a violation of any right, and that no third party may raise any claim or objection with regard to the rights provided to Czech Photo. Copyright holders shall not bring any claims to concern them by third parties against Czech Photo.
  18. The rules of entry and any dispute, proceeding, or claim of any nature arising from or in any way related to the Rules of Entry (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by Dutch law.
  19. The terms and conditions set out in the Rules of Entry are binding and Czech Photo reserves the right to reject or disqualify any entry at its sole discretion.

Jury, announcement of the result, and exhibition

  1. The works will be evaluated in terms of their journalistic value (information value, readiness, topicality) as well as their aesthetic value.
  2. After its appointment, the jury acts independently of the organisation’s management; sponsors and partners shall not influence the jury’s deliberations.
  3. All submitted works are evaluated anonymously.
  4. The jury must award the Photo of the Year prize.
  5. Juries in the individual categories are not required to award prizes.
  6. Results – the pictures nominated for the 2020 Czech Press Photo will be announced at a press conference.
  7. After the announcement of the results, the nominated authors and authors of the pictures selected for exhibition may be required to supply the pictures in the maximum available quality.
  8. The final announcement of the winners will take place at an award ceremony.
  9. The award-winning works and other works will be put on display at the Czech Press Photo 2020 exhibition in Prague.
  10. Prizes not collected by 31. 1. 2021 shall be forfeited to the contest organiser.