12 YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2012 JOOP SWART MASTERCLASS

2012 Joop Swart Masterclass selection
The selection committee reviews the work of the photographers nominated for the 2012 Joop Swart Masterclass. © Bas de Meijer

World Press Photo is pleased to announce the names of the 12 young photographers who have been selected to come together with a group of masters for the 19th annual World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass to be held from 11 to 15 November 2012 in Amsterdam. During the five-day masterclass meeting, the participating photographers will interact with six prominent experts, discussing technical, journalistic, and ethical aspects of their work.
 
The following 12 photographers - six men and six women of 11 different nationalities - will participate in the 2012 Joop Swart Masterclass:

•  Cemil Batur Gökçeer, Turkey
•  Maja Daniels, Sweden
•  Bieke Depoorter, Belgium
•  Ilkin Huseynov, Azerbaijan
•  Tatiana Ilina, Russia
•  Jia DaiTengFei, China
•  Hajime Kimura, Japan
•  Sofie Amalie Klougart, Denmark
•  Dhruv Malhotra, India
•  Muhammed Muheisen, Jordan
•  llvy Njiokiktjien, the Netherlands
•  Anastasia Rudenko, Russia

 
Acceptance to the masterclass is exclusively by nomination and selection. This year’s 12 participants were chosen among 165 candidates from 56 countries, who had submitted their portfolios after having been nominated earlier by World Press Photo’s 18 international committees around the world. Yesterday, an independent selection committee met in Amsterdam to make the final selection of participants. The final committee consisted of: Alex Majoli (Italy), photographer Magnum Photos, Dana Lixenberg (the Netherlands), photographer, Maria Mann (USA), director for international relations European Pressphoto Agency, Patrick Witty (USA), international picture editor Time, and Silvia Omedes (Spain), curator and founder of Photographic Social Vision.
 
The committee commented on their task: “You’re looking for photography that is not something that a lot of other people can do, but for work that transcends this. It’s not enough just to like someone’s aesthetic; there must also be something surprising about it. We’re looking for another layer. We want to be moved, surprised, excited…there must be some tension, the sense that someone is taking a chance.” Also: “You don’t want to see repeated formulae, but photographers who are being themselves.” And: “We’re looking for someone who will be open to the dynamic of the whole process…who is curious about where they are going, who can perhaps take their work to another level during the masterclass.”
 
In preparation for the masterclass meeting in November, the participants will execute a photo essay on a theme, which for this year is Trust. The essays will be discussed with the masters and edited into a publication, Next #02, co-published with Schilt Publishing.
 
Since 1994, the Joop Swart Masterclass has brought together some of the finest young photographers from around world, and leading professionals in the fields of documentary photography and photojournalism. It offers a focused, intimate and reflective learning experience to young photographers, aiming to foster their intellectual, artistic and professional growth. The Joop Swart Masterclass holds prime position among the seminars, debates and other educational programs regularly organized within the World Press Photo Academy. It is named after the foundation’s late chairman, who was a passionate supporter of young photographic talent.
 
For more information about the Joop Swart Masterclass, please visit: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/joop-swart-masterclass
 
The Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by Delta Lloyd Group, CSM and Canon, who provides all participants with a grant.
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

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World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.

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