2019 Festival program

The World Press Photo Festival 2019 will take place on 12-13 April at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek.

The festival will showcase different perspectives on the stories that matter through a varied program of presentations, screenings, and meet-ups. Discover the preliminary festival line-up and learn more about the speakers below.

The full program and speakers will be announced shortly.

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Preliminary program

Sem Presser Lecture, Supported by DuPho

We are happy to welcome Aida Muluneh to give the renowned Sem Presser Lecture. Aida Muluneh is a photographer and artist born in Ethiopia. She worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post, and her work can be found in several international publications. As an exhibiting artist, Aida’s work has been shown around the world  She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali, and the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy.

Keynote presentation
Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative

Solutions journalism changes the frame of the story to address “the negativity bias” in the media, switching from a focus on problems to stories of communities already taking action to tackle difficult issues. With a keynote from Tina Rosenberg (New York Times, Solutions Journalism Network), this session explores what a solutions focus in visual journalism means, and launches World Press Photo’s Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative.

Conservation Storytelling at National Geographic

Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s senior editor  for natural history projects. In her presentation, 'How I Got That Shot' Kathy will share her experiences of producing and editing over 350 stories for the magazine.  Kathy is also the founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and has curated traveling exhibitions including ‘50 Best Wildlife Photos’ and has edited numerous books for National Geographic and ILCP.

Panel Discussion 
Crisis Ethics: Social Justice in Photography

This panel will address the question how photojournalists act justly when covering violence and crisis. With the participation of Patrick Brown, winner of the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, Mikael Owunna, finalist, Matthew Smith, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fortify Rights, and Mario Cruz, photographer and human rights activist.

Panel Discussion 
The Politics of Representation

What are the stories being told? Who is telling these stories? How are these stories being framed?  The Politics of Representation will address what is being done to challenge and subvert these framings and by who. Participants: Adama Delphine Fawundu and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, co-editors of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. More speakers to be announced.

Women's Meet-up

World Press Photo will host an informal get together for women in the photojournalism industry, providing a safe space to exchange thoughts and experiences, and to draw paths towards a more diverse and inclusive photojournalism community. Speakers and program will be announced shortly.

Panel Discussion
Modern Ways of Storytelling

Modern Ways of Storytelling will look to highlight the changing ways in which we visualize and consume information, while also drawing attention to new ways of thinking and approaching the topic of journalism in our global media landscape. 

CPJ Presents 'Safety in Focus'

In this discussion, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will address the risks photojournalists face, how they can mitigate these, and how we can work together to create a culture of safety by keeping safety in focus. The discussion will be joined by María Salazar-Ferro, CPJ Emergencies Director, and Scout Tufankjian, photographer.

Panel Discussion
Documenting the Caravan

2018 witnessed the largest migrant caravan traveling from Honduras to Mexico and the US. Documenting the Caravan looks to discuss nominated photographers and visual journalists’ works in reporting  the journey as well as the consequences of government policy experienced by these individuals. Joined by John Moore, Pieter ten Hoopen, and Almudena Toral, 2019 World Press Photo Contest nominees.

Image credits, left to right: Aida Muluneh by Mario Epanya, Tina Rosenberg by Earl Wilson, Kathy Moran, Patrick Brown by Sun Thapphawut, MFON, Women's Meet-up image by Frank van Beek/Hollandse Hoogte, Modern Ways of Storytelling image by Frank van Beek/Hollandse Hoogt, CPJ image by Frank van Beek/Hollandse Hoogt, Documenting the Caravan image by Pieter ten Hoopen.