The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting the work of visual journalists, with a range of activities and initiatives that span the globe.

We were formed in 1955, when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to expose their work to international colleagues. That annual contest has since grown into one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling, and the exhibition it produces is seen by four million people worldwide each year.

We work to develop and promote quality visual journalism because people deserve to see their world and express themselves freely. Freedom of information, freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech are more important than ever, and quality visual journalism is essential for the accurate and independent reporting that makes these freedoms possible. Today, when the world, the press and photography itself are undergoing seismic changes, we strive to help both visual journalists and their audience understand and respond to these transformations so these freedoms can be secured.

World Press Photo Foundation activities

Our aims

To inspire
We help visual journalists present their stories to a global audience that seeks fresh insights and new perspectives, and celebrate the highest standards of visual journalism.

To engage
Through research, analysis and debate involving both the profession and the public, we seek new opportunities and ways forward in meeting the many challenges confronting visual journalism.

To educate
The future of visual journalism depends on the dedication of new talent. Our many training schemes around the world, led by the annual Joop Swart Masterclass, foster both the craft of visual storytelling and good journalistic practice.

To support
We are committed to freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech and, as they come under increasing threat, we are redoubling our efforts to connect with visual journalists and their global audience to create a positive future for reliable, high-quality reporting.

Our values

We work hard to be a creative, independent organization, and the core values that help secure our integrity are:

  • Accuracy
  • Impartiality
  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Transparency
  • Accountability

We strive for equality and diversity. 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.

Our organization

The World Press Photo Foundation has its headquarters in Amsterdam, where our Managing Director Lars Boering leads a team of 30 staff. If we have vacancies, they are advertised on our jobs page. A Supervisory Board oversees proper governance of the organization and its programs, with the help of an international Advisory Board. Our patron is Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands.

Our programs are supported in a variety of ways. The World Press Photo Foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon. The World Press Photo Associates offer a valued partnership, and the Friends of World Press Photo receive many benefits for their financial contribution. We sell museum-quality, limited edition, prize-winning prints as well as photo books in our online store. In addition, we have a range of collaborations with our supporters and contributors.

If you would like to find out more about what we do and where we work, please contact us.