Who can apply?

Photographers working for mass media are eligible to enter the contest.
The categories News, Reportage, Daily Life, Portrait, Sports, Environment and Nature, and World of Art and Culture are open for photographers with permanent residence in the Slovak Republic
The Mobile Phone Photography and Long-Term Document categories are open to photographers living in Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The category Students and Young Photographers up to 26 Years is intended for students and photographers from Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
The period during which the works were shot must be between 01 September 2018 and 25 August 2019, except for the Long-Term Document category, where this period is the last min. three years, whereas at least one picture from the series was shot in the course of the previous year, i.e. after 01 September 2018.
The works will be admitted upon receipt via e-mail of a filled-in and signed registration form and a document proving the payment of the administrative fee. Full-time students are not required to pay the administrative fee, provided that they specify in the registration form the school they attend.

Registration for the contest

Photographers can enter their photographs via During registration, please, follow the instructions on the website.
Contestants Entrants are required to fill in all required data of the registration form. By filling in the registration form and by signing it they agree to the contest rules, conditions and personal data processing.
The registration number of the work is assigned on the basis of electronic registration.

Uploading photographs

Contestants are required to upload their photographs in the registration system in JPG/JPEG format in high quality compression and with min. 2,000 px resolution of the shorter side and 3,000 px resolution of the longer side of the image (adobe RGB, sRGB).
The minimum resolution for mobile phone pictures must be 640 px at the longer side of the image, and their size should not be more than 10 MB. Pictures made and edited in any mobile phone or tablet, including iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, are eligible for the contest. Mobile phone pictures can be edited using any application or a combination thereof that are available for mobile phones and tablets.
Each photograph must be assigned to a particular category according to the criteria defined for each category
ICC profile must be embedded in each picture. AdobeRGB, sRGB or grayscale Gamma 2.2 are recommended. No CMYK.

Author’s identification and captions

Pictures must not show the name of the photographer, agency or any other data revealing the author’s identity (these details can be included in the metadata of the pictures, but must not be visible on the picture itself).
All pictures must have accurate captions, written in Slovak (or in English in the case of the international categories). The captions must not be misleading and must answer the basic questions of good journalism.

The first part of the caption must:

  • Describe who is in the photograph and what is going on within the photo.
  • Name the city, region or state, and country where the picture was made.
  • Provide the date the photo was made.
  • Captions must give attribution for action not seen (e.g. the scene of accident where more than 10 died, according to police).

The second part of the caption is used to give context to the news event or describe why the photo is significant. Any information that is included must be traceable and verifiable.

The final part must explain the circumstances in which a photograph was taken. If the photographer influenced the scene in any way or gave directions to a subject to pose in any way for a portrait, this must be disclosed.

Picture adjustments

Adjustment of colour or conversion of pictures to greyscale will only be accepted if no changes are made to the original image. The conversion of colour pictures to black-and white that does not alter content is permitted in the following cases:

  • Changes in colour may not result in significant changes in hue to such an extent that the processed colours diverge from the original colours;
  • Changes in density, contrast, colour and/or saturation levels may not significantly alter content.

The content of a picture must not be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting or removing people and/or objects from within the frame. The following exceptions are admissible:

  • Cropping that removes extraneous details;
  • Removing sensor dust or scratches on scans of negatives.

Multiple exposures, panoramas composed of several images, the adding or removal of people and objects to/from photographs are not accepted. The pictures admitted to the contest must be made with single exposure.
Pictures made by a mobile phone can be submitted in the Mobile Phone Photography category only.
In the case of doubts, the jury may request the author to show the original image or the image produced before or after it.
Participants must provide to the Organiser file(s) as recorded by the camera for all images that proceed to the final stages of the contest for detailed examination. Failure to provide these files when requested will lead to the exclusion of the entry.
Pictures must be uploaded by categories, in line with the set criteria.
The participants can submit a maximum of 9 works, i.e. singles and/or series, but not more than 2 works per category.
One series consists of a minimum of 3 and a maximum 9 pictures, except for the Long-Term Document category which must consist of a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 pictures.
One picture can only be entered once – either as a single or as part of a series.

Pictures can be uploaded by categories as:
Single photographs – each image must have a title and a short description;
Series (3 to 9 photographs, or 12 to 18 photographs for the Long-Term Document category) – each series must have a title and a short description, and the images in each series must be labelled with a number within the series.
Once the data is uploaded, the entrant is required to check all uploaded information and submit the registration. After the submission, no more changes can be made to the registration and the photographs.
The authors whose works were excluded from the contest due to the breach of the contest rules in the past (including in 2018) shall not be allowed to submit their works during the next three years.
By filling in the registration form, the entrant declares that the entered work is his/her exclusive work or the work of several authors listed in the registration form and that the author has the right to give consent to use it as a work entered in the contest in accordance with the SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO contest rules.
By filling in the registration form, the author also provides the Contest Organiser an exclusive unlimited licence unlimited in terms of time and space and consent to the use of the work for the purposes of the contest and subsequent exhibition(s) organised by the Contest Organiser and for the provision of works to other entities for the purposes of exhibitions related to SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO with no changes and for further processing.

Registration form and administrative fee

Once your registration is closed, the system will display a window for printing it. The registration form contains details and the account number for the payment of the administrative fee of €23.00. The administrative fee must be credited to the account by 25 August 2019 at the latest. Students are not required to pay the administrative fee.
As the next step, you are required to scan the printed and signed registration form and the document proving the payment of the administrative fee and send them to the e-mail address: by 25 August 2019 at the latest; failure to do so will result in non-admission of your works.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for entering the contest is 25 August 2019 at 23:59 o'clock. After this date, the registration system will be closed.

How will my photographs be judged?

Each photograph entered in a particular category as a single photograph will be judged as a piece of work with its specific aesthetic and informative qualities. Each series will be judged as an aesthetic and informative piece of work in its entirety, as edited by the author. In exceptional cases and upon mutual agreement, the jury has the right to choose a photograph from a series and award it as a single, but only in case the original series has not been awarded.
The photographs will be judged anonymously. The photographs must not be labelled in a visible place with the name of the author and of the medium or agency for which they were produced.
The photographs will be judged by a 5-member international jury appointed by the SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO Contest Organiser. The jury will judge the journalistic qualities of photographs (informativeness, readiness, topicality) and their aesthetic value. The photographs will be presented to the jury in electronic format by contest categories.
In each category, the jury will choose a maximum of four nominees from among singles and series and will appoint the winners. The jury has the right not to nominate any of the works in a category and not to appoint a winner.

Announcing the contest results and presentation of winning works

The main prize GRAND PRIX will be announced at the press conference after the jury meeting. The nominees will be announced at the latest one week before the awards ceremony. The final results with the names of the winners of SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO 2019 will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Mirror Hall of the Primate's Palace in Bratislava on 3 October 2019. The awarded works will be presented at the SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO 2019 exhibition at Dom umenia (House of Art), Námestie SNP 12 in Bratislava. For more information, please, visit

Winning works

The author grants to the Organiser the right to convert, in the case of being awarded a prize, the electronic version of entered works – photographs – into printed format. The Organiser shall print the images without any adjustments, on standard photo-paper and in a format meeting the exhibition needs.

Personal data protection

The photographers entering the contest hereby acknowledge that by signing the registration form they conclude a Contract on Participation in the Contest with the Organiser, which includes the provision of personal data.
The Organiser processes personal data of photographers for the purposes of participation in the contest as controller pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (hereinafter referred to as the “Regulation”), Article 6(1)(b) according to which the data are processed for the purposes of performance of the Contract on Participation in the SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO contest. The processing of personal data for the purposes of the contest is necessary.
In addition to above, the Organiser also processes data for the purposes of providing information on its activities on the basis of the Organiser’s legitimate interest in providing photographers with the performance which is identical or similar to the one constituting the subject-matter of the Contract on Participation in the Contest.

 With a view to personal data processing, the photographer as the data subject shall have the right:

 to request from the Organiser access to personal data concerning him or her in the following manners: 

  • request confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning him or her are being processed;
  • request information on personal data processing through the information system and on the procedure of processing and evaluation of operations;
  • request precise information on the source from which the Organiser obtained personal data for the purposes of processing;
  • request the list of personal data that is subject to processing.

 At the photographer’s request, the Organiser shall provide him/her a copy of his/her personal data being processed.

has the right to rectification of personal data
The Organiser shall rectify (at the photographer’s request or on its own initiative) any incorrect personal data concerning the photographer without undue delay or complete the personal data on the basis of the photographer’s supplementary statement.

has the right to erasure of personal data
The Organiser shall erase personal data concerning the photographer without undue delay, where one of the following grounds applies: 

  • the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;
  • the photographer withdraws consent on which the processing is based, and where there is no other legal ground for the processing;
  • the personal data have been unlawfully processed;
  • the personal data have to be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which the Organiser is subject The organiser shall not erase the data only in case it is possible, expedient and necessary to proceed pursuant to Article 17(3) of the Regulation.

has the right to restriction of processing
The photographer shall have the right to obtain from the Organiser restriction of processing where one of the following applies: 

  • the accuracy of the personal data is contested by the photographer, for a period enabling the Organiser to verify the accuracy of the personal data;
  • the processing is unlawful and the photographer opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests the restriction of their use instead;
  • the Organiser no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by the photographer for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

 A photographer who has obtained restriction of processing shall be informed by the Organiser before the restriction of processing is lifted.

has the right to object to processing
The photographer shall have the right to object at any time to personal data processing on the basis of the Organiser’s legitimate interest 

  • if no other legal grounds for processing exist which override the legitimate interests of the photographer; furthermore, the Organiser shall not process personal data (unless processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of the Organiser’s claims);
  • where personal data are processed for direct marketing purposes, the photographer shall have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her for such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing;
  • where the data subject objects to processing for direct marketing purposes, the personal data shall no longer be processed for such purposes.

has the right to data portability
The photographer shall have the right to receive the personal data concerning him or her, which he or she has provided to the Organiser, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to another entity (provided that the processing is based on a contract). 

  1. For the purposes of any communication on matters concerning personal data protection (any questions, suggestions, requests and objections, or the exercise of rights), please, contact 
  1. The personal data obtained are not subject to profiling or automated decision-making. The Organiser does not intend to transfer the personal data to any third country or to any international organisation. 
  1. The photographer shall have the right to file a complaint to the Office for Personal Data Protection concerning the protection of his/her rights under the Regulation. 
  1. During personal data processing, the Organiser uses processors for the supply of various services which are needed for due supply of the services under the Contract (IT, administrative support). The processors shall be bound by contractual obligations concerning personal data processing. 

The Organiser shall process the personal data of photographers for the period of the Contract on Participation in the Contest and, in the case of personal data processed on the basis of the photographer’s legitimate interest, for the period of the Organiser’s activities identical to the activities under which the personal data were obtained. Upon the cessation of the purpose of processing, the Organiser shall process personal data only where it is necessary for archiving or other purposes under a separate law.