Joop Swart Masterclass

Encouraging new and diverse approaches to documentary photography, visual journalism and visual storytelling


The Joop Swart Masterclass is the World Press Photo Foundation’s best known education program.


Run as a week-long intensive program, the masterclass identifies, supports and educates new talent in the field of documentary photography, visual journalism, and visual storytelling.

The masterclass is named after Joop Swart, a passionate supporter of photographic talent who played a major role in the foundation's history, first as the photo contest jury chair from 1966 to 1974, and then as a member of the foundation's board from 1970 until his death in 1994.

Launched in 1994, the masterclass has contributed to the development of generations of visual storytellers. Participants have later gone on to lead the masterclass themselves, be awarded in the World Press Photo Contest and have their work published in some of the most prestigious publications around the world.