In spring 2010, an international committee surveyed portfolios submitted by over 162 pre-selected nominees and came up with the 12 young photographers who participated in this year's Joop Swart Masterclass. Each was asked to prepare a photo essay on the theme Persistence. The result was an intriguing variety of angles on the theme. During the 2010 masterclass, participants had the chance to discuss their work in detail with six leading professionals. The masters spoke and gave presentations on their particular fields, and led in-depth discussions on other aspects of photojournalism.