World Press Photo Foundation announces collaborative crowdfunding project

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a crowdfunding project in collaboration with the BredaPhoto International Photo Festival and Yournalism.

Entitled The Absent State: How do People Cope with Economic Inequality and the Decline of Social Security?, the crowdfunding campaign will provide the means to commission five photographers and writers to produce new work that tells the story of economic inequality in their societies. A feature of the project will be photographers and journalists working in tandem so that the power of the visual is enhanced by investigative stories providing context to the pictures.

The project’s premise is that while global poverty rates have declined, social inequality is on the rise. The safety net of the welfare state is being withdrawn in many societies, and is absent in others. How people around the world cope with declining social security will be the focus of the photographers’ investigations.

The campaign will be officially launched by the managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation Lars Boering, and BredaPhoto curator Geert van Eyck, at De Donkere Kamer in Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, on 11 January 2016, at 20.00 CET. The campaign will run on the Yournalism platform for 30 days, with the aim of raising 20,000 euros.

The participating photographers are Yannis Kontos (Greece), Alejandro Cegarra (Venezuela), Baudouin Mouanda (Congo), Jia Dai Teng Fei (China) and Bryan Schutmaat (USA). These photographers have been selected because of their previous participation in the World Press Photo Foundation’s Joop Swart Masterclass.

Speaking about this initiative, Boering said:

“This is a new and important step for the World Press Photo Foundation. We are embarking on a collaborative effort to crowdfund support for new photographic work investigating an important social and economic issue. This is a new way of delivering on our commitment to develop and promote quality visual journalism. It also shows the long-term support we strive to offer our masterclass participants.”

The outcome will be new work and stories exhibited at the 2016 BredaPhoto International Photo Festival from 15 September to 30 October 2016. The exhibition will then travel to other international locations. The goal of reaching a wide audience will also be supported by the production of a photobook—in both print and digital editions—designed by renowned Dutch photobook designer Hans Gremmen.

This project has already received a commitment from The Art of Impact fund to cover the costs of organizing and producing the exhibition. This means the crowdfunding campaign will support the photographers and journalists who will produce the new work.

To support #TheAbsentState project, please go to

About BredaPhoto:
BredaPhoto is a biannual international photo festival that is organised since 2003 in the city center of Breda, the Netherlands. Offering a mixture of fresh talent and national and international headliners, the festival hosted photographers such as Martin Parr, Carl De Keyzer, Pieter Hugo, Bloomberg and Chanarin, Todd Hido and Yamamoto Masao. The 2016 edition will take place from 15 September until 30 October. The program consists of lectures, workshops and numerous indoor and outside exhibitions throughout the city. Visit:

Since its launch in September 2014, the journalistic platform Yournalism has used crowdfunding to achieve more and better investigative journalism. Using the motto “you decide the next story,” Yournalism successfully financed numerous investigative projects and longreads that made headlines for major newspapers in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Visit:

Posted January 11 2016

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.