Its goal is to bring together some of the most experienced individuals in photojournalism with 12 young, promising photographers to 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. An independent committee selects the 12 participants based on the portfolios in the spring each year.
As preparation for the masterclass in the autumn, the photographers are required to produce a photo essay on a given theme. The 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.
The Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by Ammodo Foundation, CSM and Canon, who provides all participants with a grant.