Fabio Bucciarelli for ΝΥΤ, winner ΥΒΙΡΑ 2020
«We take the dead from morning till night»
Dar Yasin/AP, winner ΥΒΙΡΑ 2019
«Kashmir, Endless War»
Chery Dieu Nalio/AP, runner up ΥΒΙΡΑ 2020
«Haiti, Nation on the brink»
Nariman ElMofty /AP, runner up ΥΒΙΡΑ 2020
«Disembarking in Hell»
Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award 2021
Athens Photo World, following the expressed wishes of Yannis Behrakis and with the donation of Stavros Niarchos Foundation, contributes to the promotion, support and encouragement of the work of photographers and photojournalists, so that they can fulfil their vision and continue to produce their work. For the third consecutive year, the 15,000€ Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award will be awarded to a full-length photojournalism or documentary body of work created after January 2018. The award winning photographic project will be exhibited during Athens Photo World 2022 as a solo exhibition of the photographer. A new judging committee will be appointed every year, under the permanent chairmanship of Elisavet Saridou Behrakis. For 2021 the members of the committee are Steve Crisp, Jerome Delay and Kelli Grant. Interested parties are requested to submit a portfolio of up to 24 photographs, explanatory text and a brief resume. The winner of the Yannis Behrakis Award for 2021 will be announced by Elisavet Saridou Behrakis and Fabio Bucciarelli, winner of the 2020 YBIPA Award, at the closing event of APW 2021 on May 30 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Participation in the Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award contest is free.
After a 40-year career in photojournalism I’ve seen news pictures move from a single black and white photo taking 15 minutes to transmit to a colour image now taking seconds. In 2015 I called it a day while based in Beirut and retired from Reuters. For the previous eight years I had been responsible for picture coverage from the Middle East and Africa, covering big stories such as the Arab Spring and the Syrian civil war. I joined UPI news pictures in 1978. It was taken over by Reuters in 1985 and became a senior member of the new Reuters News Pictures operation. Besides Beirut, assignments included London, Dubai, Singapore, Bonn, Brussels and Zurich. I’ve covered various Olympics and World Cups, plus the fall of the Berlin Wall and Asian tsunami and a lot more. My great pleasure and honour has been to try and serve the many great photographers and picture editors who work for Reuters.
Kelli Reed Grant
Lead Photo Editor, Yahoo News
Currently the Photography Director for Yahoo News, Kelli’s past posts in her 28 years in the industry include, the US Director for PixWays, a photo technology company based in Paris, whose platforms include PixPalace and PixTrakk, and a 13-year stint at Newsweek magazine serving her last seven as Director of Photo Operations.
From war, sports & politics to fine art, Kelli has worked with photographers, photo agencies and publications of every genre around the world. She has served on the juries for the International Photography Awards, The Fence at Photoville, AP32, FotoEvidence book award and the 2017 World Press Photo contest.
Associated Press Chief Photographer, Africa
Jerome Delay is the Associated Press chief photographer for Africa, based in Johannesburg, after working from Washington, Jerusalem, Paris and London.
Delay has covered most major conflicts of the past 30 years, from Haiti to Afghanistan via Bosnia and Somalia. Twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Delay has been rewarded across the globe for his photography.
His images have been published around the world and displayed in major exhibitions on three continents.
Who can participate?
The competition is open to any professional photographer / photojournalist, regardless of nationality and place of residence and work.
Which are supposed to be the topics of the project?
Any documentary / photojournalism project/body of work.
How many photos should there be sent?
The desired number of photos is 24. Fewer photos can be submitted as long as they create a complete photographic body of work.
What are the technical specifications of the photographs?
The photos are submitted in jpeg format, at 72dpi and 3000 pixels on their large side. In case of qualifying for the finalists, the jury reserves the right to request the RAW (original) files.
Which is the time frame of the submitted photographic project?
The submitted photos must have been shot within the previous three years (from January 2018 onwards). However, if the 10% of the project has been shot at a previous point in time, these photos may be included in the entry.
Can the winners of the previous competitions participate in the competition again?
What is the submissions’ deadline?
The deadline for submissions is set for Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 23:59 Athens time, 20:59 GMT
When will the results of the contest be announced?
The results will be announced on Sunday, May 30, 2021 in an event which will take place according to all health and safety protocols against COVID-19 that will be in effect at the time.
Terms and Conditions
About the candidates
All photojournalists and photographers are eligible to enter the contest regardless of their nationality and residence except for members of APW organizing team, interns, contractors, sponsors, or an immediate family member of any of the foregoing.
Technical specifications for submitted photos
The photo must be an original creation and not a composite. Only single exposure and single frame pictures will be accepted (multiple exposures, polyptychs, stitched panoramas, either produced in-camera or with image editing software etc will not accepted)
With their participation, the photographers guarantee that they are the copyright owners of the submitted photos and that they maintain all the rights arising from their intellectual property.
The participant must certify and warrant if asked that the submitted photo(s) does not violate the rights of a third party or any copyright. In the event of a proven intellectual property conflict between the participating photographer and a third party, participation will be considered null and void.
APW is not responsible for intellectual property violations that might have resulted through the submissions of photos.
Judging and notification of selected photographers
After the contest closes on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 23:59 Athens time, 20:59 GMT, qualifying photos will be judged on adherence to the contest challenge through its message clarity, composition and overall presentation. The jury’s decision is final. Any attempt by a participant to influence the result or subvert the photo competition will lead to immediate disqualification.
If an entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, APW reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry.
Rights and ownership
By submitting their photos to the APW contests, participants agree to grant APW free of charge the right to use the photo exclusively and solely for the promotion of the contest in all media, social media and press releases. APW guarantees to mention the full name of the chosen contestant when used in its promotional material.
APW reserves the right to modify or cancel the contest or any of the arrangements, schedules, plans or other items directly or indirectly related to the contest, at any time if extreme circumstances (e.g. earthquake, war, terrorist attack, pandemic) make such a decision necessary.
The personal information provided to APW by the entrants shall only be used for the sole purposes of this contest. All participants are entitled to access, cancel, oppose and rectify the details about the personal data (such as names, addresses, etc.) by editing their submission at any time.
Participation in the contest, in no manner constitutes an endorsement or support by APW of the entrants’ views or aims. Candidates shall not advertise or otherwise claim to have obtained any such endorsement or support. APW name and logo are the property of APW and should not be used in any manner whatsoever without the prior consent of APW. APW must approve in writing any statement, advertisement, press release or similar communication in any media, relating to candidate’s participation in the competition.
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