The SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO photojournalism contest is entering its 8th edition with updated contest categories, rules and with a new jury.
Our invitation to chair the jury was again accepted by Joe Klamar, Slovak-Canadian photojournalist working for
Agence France Press (AFP) in Vienna. The other jury members are: Kadir van Lohuizen, Dutch documentary
photographer from NOOR agency, Fréderique Rondet, photo-editor of the French Liberation daily, prof. Jindřich Štreit, Czech photographer and pedagogue, and Andrej Balco, Slovak documentary and portrait photographer.
Slovak photographers working for mass media can enter their works in the following categories: News,
Reportage, Portrait, Daily Life, World of Art and Culture, Environment and Nature, and Sports, as well as the
special Bratislava Grant category. The international categories Students and Young Photographers up to 26
Years and Long-Term Document are open to authors from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary,
Austria, Slovenia and Ukraine. The topic of the new international category Mobile Phone Photography is
The jury will judge the entries based on the new rules introduced in 2018. It will select 4 nominees in each
category (singles and series) and decide about the winners of the category who will receive the prize from the
partner of the category. The nominees will be announced at the latest one week before the awards ceremony.
The exhibition will present both the winning and nominated pictures. The jury can award the Grand Prix not only for a single, but also for a series.
The jury will award the Young Talent of the Year prize to a Slovak photographer – student up to 26 years who will raise the jury’s attention, while taking into consideration his/her previous works. The prize of €500 will be handed over to the winner by the Mayor of Bratislava – Old Town, Ms Zuzana Aufrichtová. In addition, the SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO Foundation will organise a solo exhibition for the winner of this prize.
The special category Bratislava Grant is held under the auspices of the Mayor of the Capital City of Bratislava, Mr Matúš Vallo. The winner of this category, proposed by the jury and selected by the Mayor of Bratislava, will
receive a grant of €2,000 for photographing the transformations of Bratislava. The topic for 2019 is Bratislava’s
Compared to the previous editions, the organiser made the contest rules stricter. The entrants will be required to provide basic information about their entries so that to observe the principles of good journalism and to comply with the requirements to prevent any manipulation with the original content of their images.
The registration will be available at www.slovak-press-photo.sk from 03 June 2019. The deadline for applications is 25 August 2019.
The international jury will meet in Bratislava on 30 August – 02 September 2019.
The awards ceremony will be held on 03 October 2018 in Bratislava, and the awarded works will be exhibited at
Dom umenia (House of Art) at Nám. SNP 12 in Bratislava.
As part of the tradition of organising exhibitions of the jury members, we will open an exceptional show by Dutch photographer Kadir van Lohuizen entitled Wasteland/Rising Sea Levels, highlighting serious environmental problems.
The SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO project is held under the auspices of Mr Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic, Mr Matúš Vallo, Mayor of the Capital City of Bratislava, and Ms Zuzana Aufrichtová, Mayor of Bratislava – Old Town.
The project is supported from public funds by the Slovak Arts Council. We thank the general partners, main
partners, media partners, partners and all those supporting the project.
27 May 2019