2017 Masterclass West Africa

The World Press Photo Foundation is proud to host the World Press Photo Masterclass West Africa for documentary photographers in West Africa.

The Masterclass West Africa will take place in Accra, Ghana, from 8 to 12 March 2017, and will support the most promising young visual journalists in their professional development. Participants will be announced at the end of February.

All photographers who have worked on visual stories about daily life, nature, politics and society were encouraged to apply for the Masterclass West Africa. The masters, who will be chosen to meet the learning needs and wishes of the selected participants, will share their expertise and provide individual advice to all participants. The masterclass curriculum is structured around thematic photo essays that participants are required to work on in advance of the masterclass. The masterclass week also includes lectures by, and individual instruction with, all masters.

The Masterclass West Africa is the third in the World Press Photo Foundation’s series of satellite masterclasses, after previous editions in Mexico and Kenya, and is based on the formula of the annual Joop Swart Masterclass, which is run annually for the world’s most talented emerging visual journalists.

Participation in Masterclass West Africa is free for those selected, and all travel and lodging expenses will be covered by the World Press Photo Foundation.