Athens Photo World (APW), with a donation by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, is, for the third year, organizing the annual Photojournalism Award for professional photographers living and working in Greece and/or Cyprus. APW will award a 5,000€ cash prize to an ongoing or complete project of photojournalism or documentary photography, created after January 2018. Always aiming to promote the work of photographers and photojournalists, and familiarise the public with contemporary photojournalism and its contribution to the recording of history as it unfolds, APW makes it own contribution by encouraging and enhancing their vocation, as well as their ability to remain committed to their work and vision. The winning photographic project will be presented at the next APW in a solo exhibition of the photographer. A new jury will be appointed every year. The panel for 2021 consists of photojournalists Yorgos Karahalis and Simela Pantzartzi, and photography professor Anastasia Markidou. Those interested in participating are invited to submit a portfolio of up to 12 photographs, explanatory text and a brief resume. The winner of the APW 2021 Award will be announced by Dimitris Michalakis, winner of the 2020 Award, at the closing APW 2021 event on May 30, 2021 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Participation in the Athens Photo World Award contest is free.
Biography with up to 1500 characters
Country of residence
1 to 99 projects per submission
1 to 12 images per project
File type must be JPG
At least 3000px on the long edge
Yorgos Karahalis / Photojournalist for Associated Press and Bloomberg
Yorgos Karahalis has been a photographer since 1987. In 1988, he co-founded "Prisma", a local news photo-agency. In 1996, he started working almost exclusively for Reuters which he joined in 2007 as a staff photographer based in Athens. Since 2014 he has worked on a freelance basis. Currently he works with the Associated Press and Bloomberg, and covers European Commission assignments in Greece.
Anastasia Markidou / Associate Professor
Anastasia Markidou is an associate professor at The Department Of Photography and Audiovisual Arts at the University of West Attica. She holds a PhD in History and Aesthetics of photography. Since 1990 she has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, in Greece and abroad. Her artistic work has been included in UK Projects, in the Delphi cultural Centre, the Skopelos Photographic Centre, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and the Museet For Fotokunst, Brandts Klaedefabrik (Danmark). She also works as an independent curator and editor.
Simela Pantzartzi / Photojournalist-Photo Editor, Athens and Macedonian News Agency (AMNA) and European Pressphoto Agency (EPA)
After working as a freelancer for ten years, Simela Pantzartzi joined the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) in 1996 where she continues to work to this day. From 1998 to 2019 she was a staff photojournalist for the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA). During her 35-year career she has covered major international events like the Romanian Uprising, the civil uprising in southern Albania, the consequences of the Gulf War, the Olympic Games in Athens (Greece) and Beijing (China). She has also participated in several group exhibitions related to the 10-year-long recession in Greece and the refugee-migration crisis.
Who can enter?
The competition is open to any professional photographer / photojournalist, regardless of their nationality, who lives and works in Greece and / or Cyprus.
What projects are eligible?
Any documentary / photojournalism project/body of work.
How many photos should be submitted?
The desired number of photos is 12. 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 as a finalist, 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 Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 23:59 Athens time, 20:59 GMT
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.