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World Press Photo ready for the next chapter

In June 2020, we announced a new phase for the World Press Photo Foundation. We are pleased that Joumana El Zein Khoury has been named the new executive director and will start on 1 February 2021. Guido van Nispen, chair of the Supervisory Board, will step down and leave his role on 1 February 2021.

November 23, 2020

PhotoQ Bookshop picks of the month: November

Curated volumes on women photographers, a book by Ed van der Elsken on the theme of party, a conceptual photographic study of temporary homeless shelters, and the stories of men affected by eating disorders; PhotoQ Bookshop manager Edie Peters shares his selection of the best photo books for the month of November.

November 13, 2020

Joumana El Zein Khoury named new executive director of the World Press Photo Foundation

We’re pleased to announce that Joumana El Zein Khoury has been appointed as executive director of the World Press Photo Foundation starting February 2021. Building on a strong foundation, Joumana El Zein Khoury’s role will be to steer and develop the organization for the future.

November 11, 2020

Discover the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass projects

From July to October 2020, each of the Joop Swart Masterclass participants worked on a project with the theme ‘Reset’ as a starting point. Their reflections on the theme are ongoing and projects will continue beyond the masterclass. Today, the World Press Photo Foundation is proud to present the stories from the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass.

November 04, 2020

Jury chairs announced for the 2021 Contests

We're excited to announce that NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, Nepal, will chair the 2021 Photo Contest jury, and Muyi Xiao, China, will chair the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest jury. Both contests will open for entries on Tuesday 1 December 2020, 12.00 noon CET.

October 28, 2020

PhotoQ Bookshop picks of the month: October

An exploration of the gender spectrum, a research on the memories of the 1979 Marichjhapi massacre survivors in India, a study of rediscovered daguerreotypes, and a book reprint of Robert Capa; PhotoQ Bookshop manager Edie Peters shares his photo books top picks for the month of October.

October 16, 2020

Statement on the premature closing of the World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 in Macao

We believe in the power of showing and the importance of seeing high-quality visual stories. Our purpose is to connect the world to the stories that matter. We regret the premature closing of our annual exhibition in Macao. We provide more context here.

October 08, 2020

PhotoQ Bookshop picks of the month: September

A visualization of the secret stories of the Anansi in Suriname; an exploration of conflict and the River Magdalena in Colombia; a documentation of the impact of rapid-growth along the foot of the Great Wall of China; and a new take on the history of photography: discover the photo books selected this month by PhotoQ Bookshop’s manager Edie Peters.

September 17, 2020

The World Press Photo Foundation is looking for an executive director

The World Press Photo Foundation is looking for an executive director to lead the organization forward in its new phase. The executive director will have overall strategic, managerial and operational responsibility for our staff, programs and execution of our mission.

August 28, 2020

Meet the latest 6x6 talents from North and Central America

The 6x6 Global Talent Program recognizes six visual storytellers from six global regions, to highlight talent from around the world and present stories with diverse perspectives. We are excited to present the new talents from North and Central America: Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Canada; Dieu Nalio Chery, Haiti; Gabriela Téllez, Costa Rica; Lisette Poole, Cuba/United States; Luis Antonio Rojas, Mexico; Rosem Morton, United States/The Philippines.

August 18, 2020

PhotoQ Bookshop picks of the month: August

An examination of the law of omerta in small Sardinian communities; a personal exploration of the life of one of the last ‘self-combed women’ in China; an intimate long-term collaboration with two cousins navigating the transition between adolescence and young adulthood; and an original photographic look on birds: discover the photo books selected this month by PhotoQ Bookshop’s manager Edie Peters.

August 07, 2020

Working towards a more inclusive and diverse visual journalism community

Diversity is one of the World Press Photo Foundation’s core values. Whilst important steps have been made since 2015, when we first publicized contest entrant data to call attention to the need for greater diversity, we must continue the work to achieve an inclusive, diverse visual journalism industry. We want to provide information about what we have done and we need to do.

August 07, 2020

Meet the 24 visual storytellers selected for the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

We’re pleased to announce the selected participants for the 27th edition of the Joop Swart Masterclass, the World Press Photo Foundation’s prestigious education program. For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the masterclass will be held online, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

June 30, 2020

PhotoQ Bookshop picks of the month: July

From insights into the life and beliefs of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon to a philosophical interpretation of the changing landscape around the deserted Fukushima, and from an examination of Spain’s vacationers sunbathing among post industrial sceneries to the stories of six Lithuanians who were deported to Siberia under the Soviet regime, PhotoQ Bookshop manager Edie Peters shares his four recommended photo books of the month.

June 25, 2020

Meet the latest 6x6 talents from Africa

The 6x6 Global Talent Program recognizes six visual storytellers from six global regions. We are excited to present the new talents from Africa: Amilton Neves Cuna, Mozambique; Esther Ruth Mbabazi, Uganda; Etinosa Yvonne, Nigeria; M'hammed Kilito, Morocco; Seif Kousmate, Morocco; and Zinyange Auntony, Zimbabwe.

June 11, 2020

Support for the Black Lives Matter protests and the journalism community

Statement and list of resources, including press freedom reports, safety and ethical guidelines for journalists, as well as funds and petitions to support the black and brown communities and the Black Lives Matter movement.

June 02, 2020

PhotoQ Bookshop picks of the month: June

Established in 2013 in Amsterdam, and part of World Press Photo since August 2019, the PhotoQ Bookshop specializes in documentary, journalism and art photo books. Edie Peters, the shop manager, shares his four recommended photo books of the month, available on the PhotoQ Bookshop online store.

May 29, 2020

International Museum Day 2020

18 May is International Museum Day, a day to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Museums and cultural institutions are facing social, economic, and ecological challenges, and this day is the occasion for us to advocate for museums as key actors in our societies.

May 18, 2020

Journalism without fear or favor

3 May marks World Press Freedom Day. A day to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

May 01, 2020

Statement on Battleground PolyU the winner of the World Press Photo Interactive of the Year

The award for 'Battleground PolyU' by DJ Clark and his production team was decided by an independent jury of digital storytelling professionals from around the world.

April 19, 2020

2020 Contests Winners Announced

We've announced the winners of the 63rd annual Photo Contest and the annual 10th Digital Storytelling Contest.

April 16, 2020

Statement on the decision concerning allegations of plagiarism against a 2020 Photo Contest nominee

Statement on the decision concerning allegations of plagiarism against a 2020 Photo Contest nominee

April 14, 2020

2020 Contests winners will be announced on 16 April

The winners of the 2020 Photo Contest and the 2020 Digital Storytelling Contest – including the four headline awards – will be announced on Thursday 16 April 2020 at 22:00 CEST across our online and media channels.

April 09, 2020

Statement on allegations of plagiarism against 2020 Photo Contest nominee

April 02, 2020

Supporting visual journalism through the COVID-19 crisis

This is a challenging and difficult time for the global community. Here you can find guidance, resources, funding and grants for visual journalists covering the COVID-19 crisis.

March 27, 2020

World Press Photo Foundation cancels the Awards Show and Festival because of COVID-19

We have decided, after intense deliberations, that the global situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, requires us to cancel the World Press Photo Awards Show 2020 and the World Press Photo Festival 2020, due to be held in Amsterdam on 16-18 April.

March 11, 2020

Representation in the Contests

The 2020 World Press Photo Contests results further highlight the need for a more inclusive and diverse visual journalism community. Diversity is one of the World Press Photo Foundation’s core values. As a global organisation we want to encourage a diverse range of professionals from around the world to produce a more comprehensive view of the world that we can connect to an international audience.

February 26, 2020

2020 Contests nominees announced

We're happy to announce the nominees for the 2020 Photo Contest, including the nominees for the headline awards, the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Photo Story of the Year.

February 24, 2020

Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative commissions announced

The World Press Photo Foundation - along with its partners MIAP, the Message in a Photo foundation, and the Solutions Journalism Network - is pleased to announce the inaugural commissions by the Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative to promote and produce visual journalism with a solutions focus.

January 16, 2020

Meet the jury of the 2020 Photo Contest

We are pleased to announce the 16 professionals from all around the world who will join Lekgetho Makola, chair of the 2020 Photo Contest jury, to select the winners of the 2020 Photo Contest and award the best photojournalism of 2019.

January 07, 2020

“There was a lot of thought put into why this piece should be presented as an interactive, rather than a traditional film.”

What is it like to grow up in a country that is disappearing because of climate change? This question lies at the heart of 'The Last Generation', awarded World Press Photo Interactive of the Year in the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest. Michelle Mizner, co-writer/producer of the story, takes us behind the scenes of the project.

December 19, 2019

“Upon doing research I found discrimination in women’s boxing as a whole”

Shields Strikes Back, by Terrell Groggins, won the 3rd prize in the Sports category of the 2019 World Press Photo Contest. We spoke with the photographer, who has been working with Shields for over three years, about documenting her professional boxing career and winning the award with this photograph.

December 18, 2019

Meet the jury and screening panel of the 2020 Digital Storytelling Contest

As we are receiving submissions by visual and digital storytellers from around the world, we are pleased to announce the screening panel and jury members who will judge the entries of this 10th edition of our annual Digital Storytelling Contest.

December 17, 2019

Meet the three West Africa Visual Journalism fellowship talents

We are proud to announce the three talents selected for the West Africa Visual Journalism Fellowship, the World Press Photo Foundation’s new educational program in partnership with the Chocolonely Foundation: Adrien Bitibaly, Burkina Faso; Ofoe Amegavie, Ghana; and Aka Aboubakhr Thierry Kouame, Côte d'Ivoire.

December 12, 2019

“A house that bleeds can be a family, a community, a country”

In his long term project The House that Bleeds, 2019 Photo Contest winner Yael Martinez explores the lasting psychological trauma for the family left behind. We speak with him about this project and the release of his book with the same name.

December 11, 2019

“It was a really tough story to cover emotionally”

‘The Legacy of the ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy: Traumatized Children With No Access to Treatment’ was awarded World Press Photo Online Video of the Year in 2019. We catch up with Almudena Toral, the director, to talk about her experience covering the consequences of the policy, and how winning the digital storytelling contest impacted the story.

December 05, 2019

Meet the latest 6x6 talents from Europe

We are now proud to present the new talents from Europe: Máté Bartha, Hungary; Nanna Heitmann, Germany/Russia; Rafael Heygster, Germany; Carolina Rapezzi, Italy; Valentina Sinis, Italy; and Mathias Svold, Denmark.

November 12, 2019

Zoeann Murphy and Lekgetho Makola to chair 2020 Contests

We are proud to announce the jury chairs of the 10th annual Digital Storytelling Contest and the 63rd annual Photo Contest: Zoeann Murphy, visual journalist at The Washington Post, and Lekgetho Makola, head of Market Photo Workshop.

October 24, 2019

Postponing the World Press Photo exhibition in Aleppo, Syria

After taking further advice on the current situation in Syria, which is changing daily, we have concluded that it is currently not feasible to display our special exhibition in Aleppo.

October 10, 2019

PhotoQ Bookshop at World Press Photo House

PhotoQ Bookshop has reopened at the World Press Photo House in Westergas, Amsterdam, and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 12-6pm.

September 30, 2019

Introducing the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass participants (3/3)

Just a couple of weeks ahead of the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass (JSM), we’re introducing this year’s participants in a series of articles. Read on to discover the stories of Abdo Shanan (Algeria), Fabiola Ferrero (Venezuela), Soumya Sankar Bose (India) and Nydia Blas (USA).

September 05, 2019

Meet the latest 6x6 talents from South America

We are now proud to present the new talents from South America: Johanna Andrea Alarcón Alvarez (Ecuador), Andrés Cardona Cruz (Colombia), Felipe Jácome (Ecuador), Prin Rodriguez (Peru), Liz Tasa Palomino (Peru), and Marcos Zegers (Chile).

August 21, 2019

Introducing the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass participants (2/3)

Just a month before the masterclass begins, we’re featuring the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass participants in a series of three articles. In the second release of the series, we discover the stories of Yoppy Pieter (Indonesia), Shahria Sharmin (Bangladesh), Christopher Gregory (Puerto Rico) and Thandiwe Msebenzi (South Africa).

August 20, 2019

Introducing the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass participants (1/3)

This month we’re featuring the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass participants to get to know them and their stories better. In the first article of the series, we spoke to Hannah Reyes Morales (Philippines), Sofía López Mañán (Argentina), Zied Ben Romdhane (Tunisia) and Nikita Teryoshin (Russia).

August 08, 2019

The Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative

A new program from the World Press Photo Foundation, the Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative (SVJI), is helping fund visual journalists who want to make new, image-led stories that rigorously report on responses to problems.

August 06, 2019

Meet the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass masters

The World Press Photo Foundation’s best known educational program, the Joop Swart Masterclass, is returning to Amsterdam 17-21 September 2019, to bring together 12 emerging image-makers with some of the most experienced professionals in the field of visual storytelling.

July 18, 2019

The first World Press Photo exhibition in Iraq

For the first time, the World Press Photo Exhibition will be seen in Iraq and Kurdistan Region. We spoke to the exhibition’s organizer, Ahmed Najm, former World Press Photo Contest jury member and managing director of Metrography Agency, about the significance of bringing this exhibition to the country.

July 10, 2019

Celebrating the first full cycle of the 6x6 Global Talent Program

The 6x6 Global Talent Program was launched in August 2017 to spotlight talent from around the world and present stories with diverse perspectives. With the start of the second cycle, take a look back and discover work by the 36 talents of the first cycle.

June 04, 2019

Lessons from the Women in Photography Meetup

The third edition of the Women in Photography Meetup, organised by the World Press Photo Foundation, took place during the World Press Photo Festival 2019. The Meetup gathered over 40 women to exchange thoughts and experiences, and to chart paths towards a more diverse and inclusive photojournalism community.

May 22, 2019

World Press Freedom Day

The World Press Photo Foundation connects the world to the stories that matter. Supporting freedom of expression, freedom of inquiry, and freedom of the press, is a fundamental part of this work. Find out our plans for this year's World Press Freedom Day.

May 02, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass Participants

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the participants selected for the 26th edition of the Joop Swart Masterclass, the World Press Photo Foundation’s best known educational program.

April 18, 2019

Festival 2019 Highlights

From 12-13 April, the World Press Photo Festival 2019 presented a program of presentations, exhibitions, screenings, and meetups. Take a look at the highlights of this year’s edition.

April 18, 2019

2019 Contests Winners Revealed

This year, to put a spotlight on the stories that matter, we introduced three major new awards for the 2019 contests. On a par with the World Press Photo of the Year, we have also awarded the World Press Photo Story of the Year, the World Press Photo Interactive of the Year and the World Press Photo Online Video of the Year.

April 11, 2019

New design for the flagship World Press Photo Exhibition in Amsterdam

The premiere of the World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 in De Nieuwe Kerk has been redesigned for greater impact this year. Learn more about what’s new in this behind-the-scenes interview with Sanne Schim van der Loeff, Exhibitions manager and curator at the World Press Photo Foundation.

April 05, 2019

Discover the World Press Photo Festival 2019 Program

Discover the World Press Photo Festival 2019 Program. From 12-13 April 2019, the World Press Photo Festival 2019 comes back to Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam with a diverse program of presentations, screenings, meetups, and panel talks, showcasing the best of visual journalism.

March 28, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass Nominees

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the 245 nominees for the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass, from which the 12 participants will be selected.

March 11, 2019

World Press Photo Festival 2019 preliminary program announced

The World Press Photo Festival 2019 will take place on 12-13 April at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. The festival will showcase different perspectives on the stories that matter through a varied program of presentations, screenings, and meet-ups.

March 07, 2019

World Press Photo House to open in Westerpark Amsterdam

The World Press Photo Foundation has received a substantial contribution from the Dutch Postcode Lottery for a multi-year program of cultural and educational initiatives linked to the World Press Photo House.

March 01, 2019

Meet the 2019 Contests Nominees

Discover the stories that matter, chosen by an independent jury of photography and digital storytelling professionals.

February 20, 2019

2019 World Press Photo Contests Nominees Announced 20 February

On 20 February the World Press Photo Foundation will announce the nominees for the 2019 Photo Contest and 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest.

February 06, 2019

WPPF renews its worldwide partner

The World Press Photo Foundation renews its worldwide partner.

January 16, 2019

Shahidul Alam’s 100-day detention must end

Statement by Free Press Unlimited, the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, and the World Press Photo Foundation.

February 01, 2019

Josh Begley awarded the 2018 Tim Hetherington Fellowship

The Tim Hetherington Trust and the World Press Photo Foundation are pleased to announce that the 2018 Tim Hetherington Fellowship has been awarded to Josh Begley.

February 01, 2019

Calling for the release of Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam

Free Shahidul Alam Today: Statement by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Free Press Unlimited, and the World Press Photo Foundation

December 12, 2018

Announcing the release of technical report on 2018 Photo Contest

The World Press Photo Foundation is releasing a technical report reviewing a range of issues related to the 2018 Photo Contest.

February 01, 2019

Announcing the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass Participants

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the participants selected for the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass.

February 01, 2019

Announcing the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass nominees

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass.

February 01, 2019

A statement in response to the CJR special report on sexual harassment

A statement in response to the CJR special report on sexual harassment.

December 12, 2018

A new way to announce the results of the 2018 World Press Photo contests

This year the World Press Photo Foundation will announce the results of the 2018 World Press Photo Contest and 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest in a new way.

February 01, 2019

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