The two-day event is held in Amsterdam during the last weeks of April and is packed with activities, including photographer presentations, the Sem Presser Lecture and the Awards Ceremony. The ceremony, at which the World Press Photo of the Year and the category awards are presented, is the highlight of the Awards Days.
The Awards Days also mark the beginning of the exhibition season, with the opening also in Amsterdam. All prizewinners are invited to Amsterdam to receive their awards in person, and hundreds of photographers and associated professionals travel to the city. The awards are handed over in the presence of government ministers, other dignitaries and leaders in the profession.
Prizewinning photographers have the opportunity to present their portfolios publicly. The presence of so many top photojournalists and other interested parties is also the springboard for organizing discussions that tackle contemporary issues affecting the profession. Every year World Press Photo invites a prominent speaker to give the Sem Presser Lecture on a subject of crucial relevance to the field.