About us
The World Press Photo Foundation believes in the power of showing and the importance of seeing high-quality visual stories.

It all began in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized an international contest (“World Press Photo”) to expose their work to a global audience.

For six decades, the World Press Photo Foundation has been working from its home in Amsterdam as an independent, nonprofit organization. In that time, the world has changed continuously, and new developments in the media and technology have transformed journalism and storytelling. Our mission has expanded, and we draw on our experience to guide visual journalists, storytellers, and audiences around the world through this challenging and exciting landscape.

Our purpose is to connect the world to the stories that matter.

Global activities since 1955

With our worldwide exhibitions, and festival, we showcase stories that make people stop, feel, think and act. Our annual contests reward the best in visual journalism and digital storytelling. Our Develop programs - the 6x6 Global Talent Program, the African Photojournalism Database, the Joop Swart Masterclass, the Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative, and the West Africa Visual Journalism Fellowship - encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. Through our Explore program, we encourage debate and research on the important issues facing our community. Witness, our online magazine, publishes new talent and new thinking in visual journalism and storytelling.

Accuracy, diversity, and transparency are our core values. We do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, gender, race or ethnic origin, religion, or sexual orientation, and we oppose discrimination and harassment in our community.

Working towards a more inclusive organization

We know that our impact comes with a responsibility and there are groups and voices that are underrepresented in our contests.

Over the last years, we have taken initiatives and started programs to encourage a more diverse and inclusive representation of the world. 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. Read more.

2021 is a year for change and reflection at the World Press Photo Foundation. Coinciding with the arrival of the new executive director Joumana El Zein Khoury, and reflecting on a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic and global social justice movements have fundamentally changed the world, World Press Photo is rethinking its long-term strategy. We will look at what we as a foundation represent and where we stand on important issues such as diversity and inclusivity.

Hear more from executive director Joumana El Zein Khoury:

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