About the Joop Swart Masterclass

About the Joop Swart Masterclass

The Joop Swart Masterclass has been organized by World Press Photo every year since 1994 and has established itself as one of the most prestigious events of its kind.

Its goal is to bring together some of the most experienced individuals in photojournalism with 12 young, promising photographers so that they can share and pass on their knowledge and experience.
Top of photojournalism
The first decade of the masterclass has shown that its participants are destined to be part of the top of photojournalism. Our objective is to help them progress on the road toward professional maturity in terms of both theory and practice. The Joop Swart Masterclass is named after World Press Photo's late chairman, who was a passionate supporter of young photographic talent.

Each year, 18 independent selection committees nominate young candidates for the masterclass from different parts of the world. These nominees are invited to submit a portfolio of their work. The selection of the 12 participants is based on the portfolios and made by an independent committee.

As preparation for the masterclass the photographers are required to produce a photo essay on a given theme. The Joop Swart Masterclass curriculum includes lectures by six masters on subjects related to their own professional backgrounds. Individual portfolio reviews serve to evaluate the participating photographers' work and to discuss their working methods. The material prepared on the chosen theme, the ideas behind it and its presentation are discussed.

About the 2011 Joop Swart Masterclass

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