Mission

Connecting the world to the stories that matter.

In 1955 a group of Dutch photographers organized an international contest (“World Press Photo”) to expose their work to a global audience. Since then the contest has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography competition, and through our successful worldwide exhibition program, presents the winning stories to millions of people.

For six decades, the World Press Photo Foundation has been working from its home in Amsterdam as a creative, 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.

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.

Our organization

The World Press Photo Foundation has its office in Amsterdam, where our Managing Director Lars Boering leads a team of 28 staff. If we have vacancies, they are advertised on our jobs page. Our patron is Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands. A Supervisory Board oversees proper governance of the organization and its programs, with the help of an International Circle of Advisors. 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. 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 our mission and programs, please contact us.