Workshop: Making an Impact with Visual Storytelling

A workshop by World Press Photo, in association with Proof: Media for Social Justice

World Press Photo and Proof invite professional photographers worldwide to apply for their ‘Making an Impact with Visual Storytelling’ course. The workshop, which takes place in New York from 18-20 June, will focus on photography as an advocacy tool, and on how to make compelling visual stories, while successfully maintaining a balance between the aims of advocacy and journalistic ethics.

As the market for visual journalism in the editorial world continues to decline, photographers have to find creative new ways of engaging an audience. New opportunities are emerging for collaboration with NGOs and advocacy groups. World Press Photo has a long track record in training photographers in practical photojournalistic skills. Now World Press Photo is joining forces with Proof: Media for Social Justice to explore newly emerging opportunities, and what they mean for professionals.

The workshop
The course will focus on these three main topics:

  • Photography as an advocacy tool: How do you make compelling stories?
  • Testimonies: How do you take and use them? What are the ethics of this?
  • Engagement: How do you engage an audience? (How can you promote and publish your work, and draw an audience in?)

To see further information and the program, click here.

Dates and location
The program will run for three days, 18-20 June 2015. 
Meeting & Event Space Rentals, New York City
Centre for Social Innovation

The trainers
Laura Boushnak is a Kuwaiti-born Palestinian photographer, whose work focuses on women, literacy, and education reform in the Arab world. She is also the co-founder of the RAWIYA collective, a cooperative of female photographers from the Middle East.
Leora Kahn is the founder and executive director of Proof: Media for Social Justice. She works on global projects with Amnesty International and the United Nations. Kahn is a curator and editor, and was a director of photography at Workman Publishing and Corbis, as well as working at The New York Times Magazine, Time magazine, and numerous other publications. She teaches at Parsons School of Design and the International Center for Photography in New York.

The workshop also includes meet & greets with, among others, award-winning photographer Ron Haviv, and Tom Hennes from Thinc design. Haviv has produced images of headline-making conflict situations and humanitarian crises from around the world, since the end of the Cold War. He is a co-­founder of the VII Photo Agency, and his work has been published by magazines worldwide. Hennes works with museums and photographers to create exhibitions. He was the lead exhibition designer at the National September 11th Memorial Museum.

Who can apply?
The training program is open to professional photographers worldwide, with experience working as photojournalists or documentary photographers. Participants should have a good level of English.

Application process and deadline
Mail to before 18 May 2015:

  • A short motivation, why do you want to take part in the workshop?
  • A recent photo story of max 20 images, including captions and a short story description.
  • CV

A minimum of 15 participants is required for the workshop to go through. A maximum of 20 participants will be allowed.

Workshop fee US $975.
The participants are expected to pay for travel expenses and their own accommodation.

No photographic equipment is needed for this workshop.

For help or further questions, please contact World Press Photo at

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

Posted April 21 2015

About The World Press Photo Foundation

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.

The World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We receive support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and are sponsored worldwide by Canon.