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Call for entries: 2009 World Press Photo Contest web entry

World Press Photo invites press photographers and photojournalists throughout the world to enter the 2009/52nd World Press Photo Contest online. The deadline for uploading entries is 15 January 2009. The web entry site can be accessed via:

Participants need to get a login to enter the competition before 9 January but can continue to upload and edit their submission until 15 January 2009. Previous usernames and passwords are not valid for the 2009 contest. The web entry is easy to use and available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

From 31 January until 12 February 2009 a panel of 13 recognized international experts in the field of press photography will be judging the entries at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam. The members of the 2009 jury are:
MaryAnne Golon, USA, consulting photography editor

· Akinbode Akinbiyi, Nigeria/UK, freelance photographer and curator
· Patrick Baz, France/Lebanon, regional photo-manager, the Middle East, Agence France-Presse
· Jonas Bendiksen, Norway, photographer Magnum Photos
· Peter Bialobrzeski, Germany, photographer Laif
· Erin Elder, Canada, digital media manager The Globe and Mail
· Per Folkver, Denmark, photo editor in chief Politiken
· David Friend, USA, editor of creative development Vanity Fair
· Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Sweden/Turkey, vice president pictures Reuters
· Volker Lensch, Germany, head of photo department Stern
· Ricardo Mazalan, Argentina, photographer The Associated Press
· Arianna Rinaldo, Italy, photo editor D La Repubblica delle Donne and editor-in-chief OjodePez
· Sujong Song, South Korea, freelance photo editor

· Stephen Mayes, UK, managing director VII Photo Agency
· Daphné Anglès, France/USA, European picture coordinator The New York Times

General contest information, including biographies of the 2009 jury, can also be found on the main World Press Photo website

Singles pictures as well as photo stories/portfolios are accepted in the following ten categories: Spot News, General News, People in the News, Sports Action, Sports Features, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Arts and Entertainment, Portraits, and Nature. The jury will give first, second and third prizes in all categories. The first prize winners in each category will receive a cash prize of 1,500 Euro, the premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, carries a cash prize of 10,000 Euro.

The winners will be announced during a press conference at 11 a.m. C.E.T. on 13 February 2009 at the Amsterdam city hall and on the World Press Photo website:

The prizewinning pictures are presented in a traveling exhibition that will be displayed in about 100 cities in 50 countries, starting in Amsterdam at 4 May 2009. The exhibition is accompanied by a yearbook published in 6 languages.

In the 2008 contest, 5,019 photographers from 125 countries participated submitting a total of 80,536 photographs.