"World Press Photo provides a great teaching opportunity for the school, fostering discussion about the profession and craft of journalism, as well as how we cover the events of our times." This year, World Press Photo received a record number of entries — more than 4,000 photographers from 122 countries entered 83,044 images. The jury gave prizes in 10 theme categories to 63 photographers of 25 nationalities. The main overall prize is awarded for "the single photograph that is not only the photojournalistic encapsulation of the year, but represents an issue, situation or event of great journalistic importance, and does so in a way that demonstrates an outstanding level of visual perception and creativity."
Other categories are spot news, general news, people in the news, sports action, sports feature, contemporary issues, daily life, portraits, arts and entertainment and nature.
During its international tour, the exhibit will be seen by more than a million people in 85 venues. All prize-winning images are exhibited without any form of censorship.