About the contest

SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO is a competition and a subsequent exhibition of photographs that presents independent and authentic visual testimony of life as seen by journalists from Slovakia and Eastern Europe. The aim of the competition and exhibition is to enable the public to witness the events and phenomena of the previous year.

The aim of the competition is to raise the level of Slovak image journalism as an important communication medium and visual art, in addition to support, promote and motivate photojournalists in Slovakia, to create a platform for the confrontation of the works of Slovak authors and authors from neighbouring countries, as well as to support the work of young photographers and students.

We bring current topics to visitors and build an archive of Slovak journalistic photography. We educate the audience because every single photograph is meaningful and has a story. Another of our efforts is to offer a visual experience without any entrance fee. The public space is key, and last year we placed an exhibition of the winning photographs there. Based on our experience, we have verified that this is a space where many people pass by during the day, and they become the visitors of the exhibition. The viewer thus has the opportunity to witness events and phenomena from the last year, which makes them think. We want to give the citizens of Bratislava and visitors same access to culture and give everyone the same opportunities. We give space for the involvement of culturally excluded groups of the population.

SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO and the project partners invite photographers and journalists from the Slovak Republic and the V4 countries and Ukraine to participate in the 12th SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO competition, which is held under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Čaputová, the Mayor of Bratislava, the Capital City of the Slovak Republic, Matúš Vallo, and the Mayor of the Bratislava – Old Town District, Matej Vagač.