The Awards Days weekend is a celebration to honor the prize-winning photographers of the annual World Press Photo contest. It is a weekend filled 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 held annually in Amsterdam during the last week of April or the first week of May.
The Awards Days weekend also marks the beginning of the exhibition season, with the opening in Amsterdam in April. 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.
Prize-winning 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.