The world is changing and so are we. In 2016, CZECH PRESS PHOTO is taking on a new form. This prestigious contest has new management, new face, new categories, new picture submission procedure and a new way of announcing its results. The contest strives to support young talents in their work. We aim to show that aside from all the unfolding drama, the world can also be an entertaining and amazing place.
ABOUT THE CONTEST
CZECH PRESS PHOTO is a prestigious photography contest with a follow-up exhibition that has over 20 years of tradition. Each year, we follow and publicly present the most important events of the past year and exhibit the best pictures and documentary films covering many various topics, ranging from current news, art and portrait to sports and nature photography.
Our goal is to provide an independent and authentic visual testimony of life as witnessed by professional Czech and Slovak photojournalists, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. The contest was launched by Daniela Mrázková in 1995 and has since been held annually. This year, we enter the 22nd year. We aim to encourage authors to rise above their everyday work and offer their personal insights. We thus give them the opportunity to present works in which the mainstream media are not interested, for various reasons.
To ensure impartiality, the works are evaluated by an independent international expert jury with a different composition each year.
The now-traditional PRAGUE GRANT, a year-long creative scholarship awarded by Prague City Hall for capturing the transformations of the Czech capital, has become a kind of a “second main prize” in the contest. The grant is awarded by the Mayor of Prague in person. This has contributed to the creation of a large collection of pictures documenting Prague and its development. The Prague Grant helps both maintain a testimony of the current transformations of the city and encourage photographers to stick with Prague-related topics in the long term. After many years of existence of the grant, the City Hall has collected a set of photographs that make it possible to follow and evaluate Prague’s transformations from many different angles and points of view.