Exhibitions highlights

Showcasing the stories that matter 

Global activities since 1955

Our story

On 3 December 1955, the first annual exhibition ‘World Press Photo 55’ opened its doors. Believing in the power of showing and the importance of seeing high-quality visual stories, we have since organized nearly 3000 exhibitions, and over 130 education and outreach events, in 522 cities in 122 countries. Every year, we work with international partners on our exhibitions program as part of our mission to connect the world to the stories that matter.

Presenting the results of the foundation’s annual contests, the annual World Press Photo Exhibition showcases the best visual journalism of the last year. We also specially curate exhibitions and projects, working with themes in our archive or the diverse accounts of the world spotlighted in our Develop programs.

Our annual exhibition premieres each year in Amsterdam in April, before beginning its worldwide tour to over 120 cities and 50 countries. We work with local and international exhibition partners to reach a global audience of over four million people each year. 

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Our World 2018-2020

The special exhibition 'Our World 2018-2020' presents winning photos and stories from the Nature and Environment categories of the World Press Photo Contest from 2018-2020. The exhibition highlights our natural world and human impact on the environment.

November 13, 2020

Pan-African Photojournalism and Its Positions

Pan-African Photojournalism and Its Positions is an exhibition and public programming initiative that showcases the work of the 2020 World Press Photo Contest winners with a focus on content produced in Africa. The initiative is a partnership of the World Press Photo Foundation and Market Photo Workshop.

October 28, 2020

People, Power: Documenting protest since 1957'

As part of our commitment to press freedom, the World Press Photo Foundation is an official partner of the World Press Freedom Conference 2020. In collaboration with UNESCO and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we have curated a special exhibition showcasing protest and people power images from our archive.

October 23, 2020

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World Press Photo Exhibition 2021

Selected by an independent jury from 74,470 photographs entered by 4,315 photographers from 130 countries, the World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 presents the winning images from the 64th annual Photo Contest.

While we aimed to extend and diversify our exhibition locations in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has badly impacted us and our partners, and many of the 125 locations planned this year were canceled or postponed. Together with our partners, the World Press Photo Foundation is closely monitoring health recommendations to continue bringing you the stories that matter while ensuring our community’s safety.

This is a challenging time for the global community. In these difficult times, supporting the conditions that make visual journalism possible and sharing the work of visual journalists to a global audience is more important than ever.
Photo credits
Antonio Pellegrino
Nicole Heidegger
Alamin Mutunga - Pawa
Nikita Teryoshin
Sangar Bakir, Metrography