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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

Focusing on the "World" in World Press Photo

Over the last few years, we have taken initiatives and started programs to encourage a more diverse and inclusive representation of the world. While important steps have been made since 2015, when we first publicized contest entrant data to be more transparent about the need for greater diversity, we must continue the work to achieve a more inclusive, diverse visual journalism industry, and to highlight a multiplicity of voices to offer a more balanced view of the world.

Therefore, the World Press Photo Foundation has launched a new strategy that includes changes to our contest, exhibitions and education programs. By doing so, we hope to make sure the results of our contest are a better representation of the world. 

Hear more from executive director, Joumana El Zein Khoury:
Read more about the strategy and the changes at World Press Photo Foundation, here.
Read more about the changes to the World Press Photo Contest, here.

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