Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award 2021
18 April 2021
8:59 PM


Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award

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.


Call for entries open
31 December 2020
Submission deadline
18 April 2021
Finalists Announcement
20 May 2021
Winner announcement
30 May 2021



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Steve Crisp / Photographer

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.

Jerome Delay / 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.


  1. Who can participate?

The competition is open to any professional photographer / photojournalist, regardless of nationality and place of residence and work.

  1. Which are supposed to be the topics of the project?

Any documentary / photojournalism project/body of work.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Can the winners of the previous competitions participate in the competition again?


  1. What is the submissions' deadline?

The deadline for submissions is set for Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 23:59 Athens time, 20:59 GMT

  1. 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.

18 April 2021
8:59 PM