Names Of 2014 Joop Swart Masterclass Participants Announced

World Press Photo announced the 12 young photographers who have been selected for the 21st edition of the annual World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. The announcement was made during the Awards Days. During the six-day masterclass, to be held from 2- 8 November 2014 in Amsterdam, the participating photographers will interact with six prominent experts, discussing technical and visual aspects of their work, as well as their role as a photographer.

The following 12 photographers - 6 men and 6 women of 10 different nationalities - will participate in the 2014 Joop Swart Masterclass:
• Bego Antón, Spain
• Bryan Denton, USA
• Isadora Kosofsky, USA
• Meeri Koutaniemi, Finland
• Giorgio Di Noto, Italy
• Emilie Regnier, Canada
• Raphaela Rosella, Australia
• Sarker Protick, Bangladesh
• Bryan Schutmaat, USA
• Akos Stiller, Hungary
• Andrejs Strokins, Latvia
• Ilona Szwarc, Poland

Acceptance to the prestigious masterclass is based on a system of nomination and selection. World Press Photo’s 120 international nominators selected 141 candidates from 53 countries, who were invited to submit their portfolios. The final selection of the 12 participants was made on Wednesday 23 April by an independent selection committee in Amsterdam. The selection committee consisted of: Peter Dejong (the Netherlands), photographer The Associated Press; Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan), photographer; Tanya Habjouqa (Jordan), photographer; Olivier Laurent (France), associate editor British Journal of Photography and Sarah Leen (USA), director of photography National Geographic.

The selection committee reflected on this year’s candidate portfolios:
“Photographers are looking into new ways of telling a story. The work we saw looked more daring - using artifacts, letters, drawings and found objects, to add to the narratives. We saw photographers choosing more intimate and inclusive approaches. There was a tendency for stories with a strong element of mood and poetry. In this sense, we can see photojournalism using a more expansive vernacular, with photographers pushing their personal boundaries and challenging conventions.“

Theme: ‘irresistible’
In preparation for the masterclass meeting in November, the participants will prepare a themed photo essay, this year revolving around the theme of “irresistible”. The essays will be discussed with the masters and edited for publication in Next #04, the fourth edition of the book in the masterclass series, designed by Teun van der Heijden and co-published with Schilt Publishing.

The Joop Swart Masterclass
Since 1994, the Joop Swart Masterclass has brought together some of the finest young photographers from around world, and leading professionals in the fields of documentary photography and photojournalism. It offers a focused, intimate and reflective learning experience to young photographers, aiming to foster their intellectual, artistic and professional growth. The Joop Swart Masterclass holds prime position among the workshops, debates and other educational programs regularly organized within the World Press Photo Academy. It is named after the foundation’s late chairman, who was a passionate supporter of young photographic talent.

The masters of the 2014 Joop Swart Masterclass will be announced later this year.

For more information about the Joop Swart Masterclass, please visit:

For the list of nominees, please visit:

The Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by Ammodo Foundation, Corbion and Canon, who provides all participants with a grant.
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

Posted April 24 2014

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We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling. Founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to share their work with an international audience, the competition has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography award and our mission has expanded. We encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning.

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