Joop Swart Masterclass

Encouraging new and diverse approaches to photojournalism, documentary photography and visual storytelling

The Joop Swart Masterclass is World Press Photo’s best-known educational program for emerging photographers in the field of documentary photography, photojournalism, and visual storytelling.

Launched in 1994, the Joop Swart Masterclass invites 12 photographers from all around the world to develop a project, and develop the tools to make a viable career in photography. Four dedicated mentors guide the participants throughout the process, in addition to a line up of industry professionals providing insight into their practice. By engaging in dialogue with their mentors, as well as with their fellow participants, the program aims to build relationships that will help develop and sustain the participants’ careers in the future.

2024 Joop Swart Masterclass

After a three-year hiatus, the Joop Swart Masterclass returns in 2024 in a renewed format, with a focus on the MENA region, thanks to funding from the Porticus Foundation.

The 12 participants for the 2024 Joop Swart Masterclass have now been announced.

Meet them here and learn more about the program

Joop Swart Masterclass alumni

The Joop Swart masterclass has contributed to the development of generations of visual storytellers for almost three decades. Participants have later gone on to have their work published and exhibited in some of the most prestigious publications and institutions around the world.

See the Joop Swart Masterclass alumni