Applying for the Joop Swart Masterclass

Are you a young professional photojournalist or documentary photographer who would like to participate in the Joop Swart Masterclass?

In order to apply for the masterclass, you must first be nominated by a member of the nominating committee. This committee consists of some 200 professional photojournalists, documentary photographers, editors, publishers, curators, educators and other professionals working in the photography industry all over the world. You can see a list of those nominators below.

Please note that the nominating committee has recently expanded to contribute to a greater degree of diversity in terms of regional representation and gender in the industry.

Every year between January and February, each nominator selects up to two talented young professional photographers. Photographers selected by the nominators will be invited to submit their portfolio to World Press Photo in March. In April, an independent selection committee chooses the final 12 photographers who will be invited to Amsterdam in September for the masterclass.

In order to be nominated, you must:

  • be a professional photographer, working in the field of photojournalism and/or documentary photography
  • possess a high-level of technical, visual and journalistic skills
  • be 32 years or younger in the year the masterclass is held
  • be at a stage in your career where you are still open to learning new things
  • understand spoken English
  • be able to upload your digital portfolio to World Press Photo in March (more information on how to submit the portfolio will be given to the nominees at the end of February)

Nominations for the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass are open until 19 February 2018. If you meet the above criteria and are interested in being considered, please contact the nominators you would like to approach directly via email as soon as possible.

Frequently asked questions

  • How can I be nominated?

Please contact the nominators via email, which is usually found on the professional website of the respective nominator. If you cannot locate the correct email address of a nominator, please email us. Please note that the nominating committee has a busy schedule. Therefore we advise you to contact individuals from the committee as soon as possible.

  • Does my nominator need to be from the same country or region that I am based?

No. We recommend that you chose a nominator based on their work, not their location. That being said, it is sometimes easier to get in touch with a nominator from your own region.

  • My nominator has not responded within a week. What should I do?

We recommend contacting multiple nominators at the same time, but not more than five. Nevertheless, if nominators do not get back to you, please email us and we may be able to provide you with an alternative contact.

  • How do I know if my chosen nominator has already nominated two candidates?

We cannot provide this information to you. We kindly ask you to get in touch with the nominators directly. Nevertheless, we encourage all nominators to keep in open mind about their nominees until the 19 February.

  • I have been nominated, what happens now?

First of all, congratulations! If you have been nominated by the nominating committee you will receive an email from us soon after the deadline of the nomination process (19 February). In this email, we will detail the further process, including guidelines for your submission of all the application documents. These include, among others, your portfolio and a letter of motivation.

After the deadline to submit applications (14 March) an independent selection committee is chosen and selects 12 photographers out of all applicants that have been nominated.

During the World Press Photo Festival in April, the 12 participants, as well as two runners-up, are announced.

In May, the theme of this year’s Masterclass is announced and participants will receive their assignment.

In June, five masters are selected, including at least one editor, one photographer and one former-JSM master in order to ensure continuity. We strive to create a team that is diverse in terms of region, gender and genre/style. The masters are selected after the participants, so they can be chosen to meet the specific learning needs of the selected participants.

In September, the masters and participants come together in Amsterdam for an intensive week of workshops and lectures to help the young photojournalists to progress on the road toward professional maturity in terms of both theory and practice.

  • My application has been unsuccessful, what happens now?

If you still fulfil the entry criteria next year, you can apply for the Masterclass again. You may contact the same nominator or chose a different member of the nominating committee.

 

Nominating committee

  • Adriana Zehbrauskas, Brazil, photographer
  • Aïda Muluneh, Ethiopia, founder and director Addis Foto Fest Addis Foto Fest
  • Aidan Sullivan, United Kingdom, CEO and co-founder of The Verbatim Agency
  • Akinbode Akinbiyi, Germany, photographer, curator and writer
  • Alejandro Castellote, Spain, independent curator
  • Alejandro Chaskielberg, Argentina, photographer
  • Alessandra Mauro, Italy, editorial director Contrasto Publishing House
  • Alex Webb, USA, photographer
  • Alison Morley, USA, Chair, Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program International Center of Photography
  • Amel Pain, France, photographer and photo editor
  • Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil, Peru, photographer and picture editor
  • Andrei Polikanov, Russia, visual director Takie Dela online media
  • Andrew S.T. Wong, United Kingdom, independent photographer and consultant
  • Anja Jöckel, Germany, picture editor GEO
  • Anna Kućma, Poland, director Uganda Press Photo
  • Anna-Alix Koffi, Ivory Coast, founder and creative director OFF The Wall
  • Antonin Kratochvil, Czech Republic, photographer and founding member of VII Photo Agency
  • Arianna Rinaldo, Italy, independent photo editor and curator
  • Azu Nwagbogu, Nigeria, director LagosPhoto Festival
  • Barbara Stauss, Switzerland, photo director and founding member Mare magazine
  • Bénédicte Kurzen, France, documentary photographer
  • Benoit Aquin, Canada, photographer
  • Bogdan Cristel, Romania, photographer
  • Brian Storm, USA, founder and executive producer of MediaStorm
  • Bruce M Connew, New Zealand, photographer
  • Carl de Souza, United Kingdom, photographer
  • Cédric Gerbehaye, Belgium, photographer
  • Celina Lunsford, Germany, artistic director Fotografie Forum Frankfurt and curator, writer, co-founder RAY Triennial of Photographie Germany
  • Chris Boot, United Kingdom, executive director Aperture Foundation
  • Claudi Carreras Guillén, Spain, independent curator, editor and photography researcher
  • Claudia C. Hinterseer, the Netherlands/Hong Kong, senior multimedia producer China Daily, co-founder of NOOR
  • Clement Saccomani, Italy, managing director NOOR photo agency
  • Daniel Ricardo Merle, Argentina, picture editor and curator
  • Daniel Sosa, Uruguay, director Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo (CdF)
  • Daniela Mrazkova, Czech Republic, director Czech Press Photo
  • D J Clark, United Kingdom, multimedia journalist and multimedia director China Daily Asia
  • Daphné Anglès, picture editor New York Times - Paris
  • David Dare Parker, Australia, photographer
  • David Hurn, United Kingdom, photographer
  • Dewi Lewis, United Kingdom, founder and publisher Dewi Lewis Publishing
  • Diego Goldberg, Argentina, photographer
  • Donald Weber, Canada, photographer
  • Eder Chiodetto, Brazil, independent curator and editor
  • Edie Peters, the Netherlands, publisher PhotoQ
  • Eefje Ludwig, the Netherlands, Independent advisor, curator and educator
  • Elena Ceratti, Italy, photo consultant and curator
  • Enric Folgosa Martí, Spain, regional editor AP for Latin America and Caribbean
  • Enrico Stefanelli, Italy, photographer and curator
  • Enrique Villaseñor, Mexico, photographer and professor of photography and multimedia
  • Ernesto Bazan, Italy, photographer and educator
  • Francesco Zizola, Italy, photojournalist
  • Francisco Mata Rosas, Mexico, photographer
  • Frank Kalero, Spain, cultural manager, publisher and curator
  • Frederick C. Baldwin, USA, Chairman FotoFest
  • Gary Knight, United Kingdom, photographer and educator
  • Geovany 'Gato' Villegas, Ecuador, photographer and cultural producer
  • Gerardo Montiel Klint, Mexico, photographer
  • Giorgia Fiorio, Italy, independent artist, photographer and essayist
  • Hector López, Centro Dif. y Est. Fotografia
  • Hester Keijser, the Netherlands, freelance curator
  • Hideko Kataoka, Japan, director of photography Newsweek Japan
  • Hugh Pinney, United Kingdom, vice president Editorial Imagery
  • Iatã Cannabrava, Brazil, photographer and founder Studio Magdalena
  • Jack Picone, Australia, documentary photographer
  • James Wellford, USA, senior photo editor National Geographic
  • Jean Chung, South Korea, contract photographer Getty Images
  • Jean-François Leroy, France, general director Visa Pour L’image / Images-Evidence
  • Jenny Smets, the Netherlands, director of photography Vrij Nederland
  • Jessica Murray, United Kingdom/USA, director Al-liquindoi
  • Jim Casper, USA, editor and publisher LensCulture
  • Jimmy A. Domingo, Philippines, photographer, editor, and educator
  • JJ Estrada, Guatemala, co-founder and director La Fototeca / GuatePhoto Festival
  • Jodi Bieber, South Africa, photographer
  • John Fleetwood, South Africa, director Photo: and Joburg Photo
  • Jon Levy, United Kingdom, editor, publisher and founder Foto8
  • Jonas Staselis, Lithuania, president Lithuanian Press Photographers Club
  • Jonathan Torgovnik, USA, photographer
  • Joseph Sywenkyj, USA, photographer
  • Jukka Gröndahl, Finland, photojournalist and picture editor
  • Junko Ogawa, Japan, head of Magnum Photos Tokyo Office
  • Karim Ben Khelifa, Tunisia, photojournalist
  • Kosuke Okahara, Japan, documentary photographer
  • Lars Willumeit, Germany, photo editor, curator and writer
  • Laura Boushnak, Palestine, independent photographer
  • Liza Faktor, Russia, co-founder Screen
  • Magdalena Herrera, France, director of photography Geo France
  • Maggie Steber, USA, photographer
  • Majid Saeedi, Iran, documentary photographer
  • Manoocher Deghati, France/Iran, Middle East Regional Photo Editor for AP
  • Maria Mann, USA, Director International Relations, European Pressphoto Agency (EPA)
  • Mariko Takeuchi, Japan, photography critic, independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design
  • MaryAnne Golon, USA, director of photography The Washington Post
  • Matt Ford, USA, co-founder and interactive media director Vignette Interactive
  • Maya Goded, Mexico, photographer
  • Meaghan Looram, USA, deputy photo editor The New York Times
  • Michael Amendolia, Australia, photographer
  • Michaela Bosakova, Slovakia, curator Central European House of Photography
  • Michele McNally, USA, assistant managing editor The New York Times
  • Miguel Ángel Larrea, Chile, photography professor University of Chile
  • Mikko Takkunen, Finland, photo editor New York Times
  • Mohamed Messara, Algeria, regional chief photographer European Pressphoto Agency - Kairo
  • Moises Castillo, Guatemala, photographer
  • Monica Allende, Spain, photo editor The Sunday Times Magazine
  • Mônica Maia, Brazil, picture editor and gallerist
  • Moshe Rosenzveig, Australia, founder and director Head On Photo Festival
  • Muhammed Muheisen, Jordan, AP chief photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan
  • Munem Wasif, Bangladesh, documentary photographer Agence VU
  • Na Risong, China, art director Inter Art Center/Gallery and chief editor Pixel Magazine
  • Nadia Benchallal, France, photographer
  • Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati, Nepal, founder and director photo.circle and Nepal Picture Library
  • Neil Burgess, United Kingdom, founder *nbpictures
  • Neo Ntsoma, South Africa, photographer
  • Nestan Nijaradze, Georgia, co-artistic director Tbilisi Photo Festival
  • Newsha Tavakolian, Iran, photographer and artist
  • Nicole Robbers, the Netherlands, independent picture editor
  • Ng Swan Ti, Indonesia, photographer and managing director PannaFoto Institute
  • Oleg Klimov, Russia, photographer and founder Liberty SU Foundation
  • Olivier Laurent, France, editor TIME LightBox
  • Pablo Bartholomew, India, independent photographer
  • Pablo Corral Vega, Ecuador, director Nuestramirada.org
  • Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Mexico, photographer
  • Patricio Crooker, Bolivia, documentary photographer
  • Patrick Codomier, France, editorial director Agence VU
  • Paul Lowe, United Kingdom, photographer
  • Pedro Loureiro, Portugal, photographer
  • Per Lindström, Sweden, photographer
  • Peter Bialobrzeski, Germany, documentary photographer and educator
  • Peter diCampo, USA, co-founder Everyday Africa
  • Peter van Agtmael, USA, photographer
  • Pio Figueiroa, Brazil, founder Cia de Foto
  • Raghu Rai, India, mentor Raghu Rai Center for Photography
  • Ramón Reverté, Spain, editor-in-chief and creative director RM photobook program
  • Raphael Hokororo, Tanzania, photographer
  • Rebecca McClelland, United Kingdom, photography editor and curator
  • Rebecca Simons, Finland, curator and educator
  • Regina Maria Anzenberger, Austria, founder and director Anzenberger Agency
  • Rena Effendi, Azerbaijan, documentary photographer
  • Reza Deghati, Iran, photographer
  • Ricardo Mazalan, Argentina, photo editor AP Bogotá
  • Robert McFarlane, Australia, writer and photographer
  • Robert Y. Pledge, France/United Kingdom, president Contact Press Images
  • Roman Bezjak, Slovenia, photographer and photography professor
  • Ron Haviv, USA, photographer
  • Rula Halawani, Palestine, photographer and director and teacher photographic unit Birzeit University
  • Ruth Eichhorn, Germany, freelance photo editor and curator
  • Samer Mohdad, Belgium/Lebanon, photographer and visual artist
  • Sandra Boulanger de Tejada, Bolivia, photographer
  • Santiago Lyon, USA, director of editorial content Adobe
  • Sebastian Meyer, USA, photographer and filmmaker
  • Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh, director Drik and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute
  • Silvia Omedes, Spain, independent curator and director Photographic Social Vision Foundation
  • Sim Chi Yin, Singapore, photographer
  • Soren Pagter, Denmark, photojournalism department head The Danish School of Media and Journalism
  • Stefano Carini, Italy, editor-in-chief Metrography
  • Stephan Vanfleteren, Belgium, photographer
  • Stephen Ferry, USA, photographer
  • Sujong Song, South Korea, independent curator and photo editor
  • Tamás Révész, Hungary/USA, photographer, teacher of photojournalism at Budapest Metropolitan University
  • Tanvi Mishra, India, photographer
  • Tanya Habjouqa, Palestine/Jordan, photographer
  • Terje Bringedal, Norway, photographer
  • Thomas Mukoya, Kenya, photographer
  • Timothy Jaap Veling, New Zealand, photographer
  • Tom Kennedy, USA, independent photo consultant
  • Tomasz Tomaszewski, Poland, photographer
  • Tony Valdez, Argentina, photographer
  • Touré Amadou Chab, Mali, gallery director
  • Uche Okpa-Iroha, Nigeria, director Nlele Institute
  • Val Williams, United Kingdom, curator and photography teacher
  • Veronica Cordeiro, Brazil, curator Centro de Fotografia de Montevideo
  • Vincent Alabiso, USA, president Visual Journalism Alliance
  • Walter Astrada, Argentina, photographer
  • Wen Huang, China, director of new media development Xinhua News Agency, China
  • Witold Krassowski, Poland, photographer and photographic reportage teacher, Media Art Department, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
  • Yuri Kozyrev, Russia, photographer and founding member of NOOR
  • Ziv Koren, Israel, photographer

New nominators as of 2018

  • Anna Clarén, Sweden, photographer / headteacher Nordens Fotoskola (Nordic School of Photography)
  • Anahit Hayrapetyan, Armenia/Germany, photojournalist and co-founder of 4Plus Documentary Photography Center of Armenia
  • Ângela Berlinde, Portugal/Brazil, curator Museum of Photography Fortaleza
  • Anush Babajanyan, Armenia, photographer, VII photo agency
  • Alessandra Capodacqua, Italy, teacher, New York University Florence, IED Florence, SACI Florence
  • Benjamin Füglister, Switzerland/Germany, artistic director, CAP Association / CAP Prize, the Prize for Contemporary African Photography
  • Bertan Selim, the Netherlands/Macedonia, head of grants and collaborations Prince Claus Fund
  • Cheryl Newman, UK, curatorial director, PondyPHOTO 2019
  • Christoph Bangert, Germany, freelance photographer
  • Damir Sagolj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, chief photographer Reuters China
  • Darcy Padilla, USA, photographer Agency VU
  • Elizabeth Krist, USA, former senior photo editor National Geographic Magazine
  • Ellen Lande Gossner, Norway, assistant professor in photojournalism, Oslo Metropolitan University, Department of Journalism and Media Studies
  • Emeric Glayse, France, director of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, Fondation Carmignac
  • Erdem Varol, Turkey, photographer Mahzen Photos Collective
  • Federico Pardo, Colombia/USA, documentary filmmaker and photographer, Tropico Media, Colectivo +1, @EverydayLatinamerica
  • Fred Dufour, France/China, staff photo reporter AFP
  • Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson, UK, senior editor Reuters Wider Image
  • Gilles Steinmann, Switzerland/France, director of photography, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
  • Hripsimé Visser, the Netherlands, curator of photography, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • Jessica Murray, Spain, director Al-liquindoi
  • Katie Breen, France, Coverlines
  • Lauren Walsh, USA, professor and director of the NYU Gallatin Photojournalism Lab, New York University
  • Lorena Ros, Spain, photographer and teacher at ELISAVA School
  • Matej Leskovšek, Slovenia/Poland, deputy editor in Charge Thomson Reuters
  • Mathieu Asselin, France/Venezuela, photographer
  • Marina Paulenka, Croatia, artistic director Organ Vida International Photography Festival
  • Mauricio Lima, Brazil, documentary photographer
  • Mehran Afshar Naderi, Iran, documentary photographer, founder and editor in chief of Akskhaneh
  • Nana Kofi Acquah, Ghana, freelance photographer
  • Nazik Armenakyan, Armenia, documentary photographer, co-founder of 4Plus Documentary Photography Center of Armenia
  • Peggy Sue Amison, Germany/Dubai, artistic director East Wing Gallery, International Council of Museums / Oracle - International Photo Curators
  • Pep Bonet, Spain, photographer, NOOR Images
  • Per Anders Rosenkvist, Norway, assistant professor in photojournalism emeritus, Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Ruth de Vries, the Netherlands, team leader Free Press Unlimited
  • Tamara Abdul Hadi, Iraq/Canada/Lebanon, photographer, Rawiya Collective
  • Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Kuwait/Palestine/Abu Dhabi, professor NYU Abu Dhabi