Selected among thousands of photographers from all over the world, Kamil Vojnar from France won the first edition of The Jacob Riis Award. Andrea Land (USA), Heather McClintock (USA), Nermine Hammam (Egypt), Mitch Dobrowner (USA), and Robert Baum (Belgium) were the Runner Ups in this competition.

With this second edition offers again outstanding recognition opportunities for professional and non professional photographers worldwide WPGA is committed to discover and distinguish new talents as well as to acknowledge established artists. Be part of the group of photographers that are shifting the world of photography: enter your images to one of the most challenging and rewarding photographic competitions for pro and non pro photographers.

Until November 30th you have the chance to enter with Early Bird discounted entry fees, and submit your images at any time before the final deadline; therefore you can save today and still have lot of time to prepare your work.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000, and a selected works of his/her winning portfolio will be featured in the convcer of the book 2nd. Edition of The Jacob Riis Awad to be published during 2011. The first Runner Up will be featured in the back cover.

The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards organize the second edition of THE JACOB RIIS AWARD (named after the Danish-American photographer, 1849-1914) benefiting Save the Children Foundation. It will focus in portfolios (minimum of 8 and maximum of 12 images) inviting photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal, emotional or political statements will be welcome. The Award is open worldwide to all professional and amateur photographers working with digital or traditional photography or combinations of both. There is no theme for this Award, and the images will be evaluated as a cohesive body of work (a theme or images representing the artistic trajectory of the photographer), rather than individual images.

The Award will consist in a cash prize of $ 3,000. A selected image of the winner portfolio will be featured in the cover of the Book The Jacob Riis Award 2011. JURORS:

The Jacob Riis Awards will be juried by Chris Steele-Perkins, UK (Magnum Photos), Tim Anderson, USA (publisher Red Dog Journal), Larry Padgett, USA (founder and former Managing Director of The Center for Fine Art Photography), Sucheta Das, India (Photographer), and Julio Hardy, Argentina/Spain (Managing Director, WPGA).

Awarded portfolios will be exhibited during 2012 in a city and venue to be decided


Early Bird Deadline (with discounted entry fees): November 30th at 11:50 EST

Final Deadline: January 31th, 2011 at 11:50 EST.

Juror’s Announcement: Last week of March, 2011


Early Bird: $60 for the first portfolio; $30 each additional portfolio

After the Early Bird deadline: $80 for the first portfolio; $40 each additional portfolio

Each portfolio should be composed of a minimum of 8 images and a maximum of 12. Submission of entries can only be done online.


Submtted photographs may be reproduced for the purpose of marketing and promoting WPGA contests and awards, in catalogs, posters, postcards, publications, and on the INternet. Such use is granted for not more than two years after the announcement of the awards and without payment to the photographer of featured models. Photographers will receive photo credit with each use, and will allow WPGA to sub-license their photographs to the press for reproduction in connection with the contests and WPGA exhibitions.

To see the image specifications requirements and to submit your portfolios click here.

To see the awarded portolios of the first edition of The Jacob Riis Award click here

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