Our mission

What we do

Because we believe in the power of showing and the importance of seeing high-quality visual stories, we create and support the conditions that make possible the stories that matter.

We showcase stories that make people stop, feel, think and act. We encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning. We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling.

Our core values

  • Accuracy
  • Diversity
  • Transparency

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

If you would like to find out more about our mission and programs, please contact us.

A New Vision

The horizons of the World Press Photo Foundation are expanding, because everything about the world, the press, and photography, is changing.


The world is a network of complex and diverse identities, with both everyday pleasures and persistent conflicts, human love and ideologies of hate, small struggles and global challenges, all of which are illuminated by the power of visual storytelling. In this world, we are independent and impartial, connecting people who give us insights about the challenges we face.


The essence of journalism is providing reliable information through the discipline of verification. Accuracy, impartiality, fairness, transparency, and accountability are the core values we promote, and World Press Photo’s integrity is maintained when we put them into practice. New technologies have expanded the ways and means of doing journalism, meaning it is no longer synonymous with the printing press. The rise of digital technologies and the Internet has transformed the way we produce, publish, circulate and consume visual stories. Amidst this upheaval, our advocacy of free inquiry, free expression, free speech, and a free press is stronger than ever.


Photography is a lens-based practice which employs a sensor or film to produce a picture. World Press Photo cherishes its heritage and supports the continued importance of photography. With the rise of new technologies, there are now numerous imaging practices. We serve the community of visual journalism, incorporating those who work with photojournalism, documentary photography, infographics, interactives, multimedia, video journalism—and things that have not yet been invented—to give us high-quality visual stories.