Announcing the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass Participants

World Press Photo announced the names of the 12 young photographers who will participate in the 23rd edition of the prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass during the Awards Ceremony.

Acceptance to the masterclass is based on a system of nomination and selection. The nominating committee selected 167 young photographers this year. An independent selection committee then made the final online selection of the 12 participants based on their submitted portfolio.

The selection committee this year consisted of:
Itala Schmelz Herner, Mexico, Director Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Harry Hardie, UK, co-founder of publishing house Here Press, Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Westminster and Lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts, London, director of cultural projects for Panos Pictures, Lauren Steel, USA, Director of Photography, Getty Images Reportage and Assignments, Ng Swan Ti, Indonesia, Photographer & Program Manager of PannaFoto Institute, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Uche Okpa-Iroha, Nigeria, photographer & director The NIele Institute and Lagos OPEN RANGE.

The following 12 photographers—5 women and 7 men of 11 different nationalities—will join the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass, to be held in Amsterdam end of September:

The runners-up will automatically be nominated in 2017.
1st runner up: Karolina Jonderko, Poland*
2nd runner up: Clémentine Schneidermann, France

*Hicham Gardaf is unable to join for the week of the masterclass and will be replaced by first runner-up Karolina Jonderko.

Lauren Steel, Director of Photography, Getty Images Reportage and Assignments, said:

“I loved seeing very personal stories and reaffirming that there is a story to be told as close as in your backyard. Photographers seem to be steering away from classic photojournalism and finding new and innovative ways to tell stories. They will be a great group together.”

Harry Hardie, co-founder of publishing house Here Press, Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Westminster and Lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts, London, director of cultural projects for Panos Pictures, reflects:

"It's fantastic to see so many vibrant stories from around our planet. However, some of the same stories are being told again and again, with no new interpretation of that story. The role of the documentary photographer has changed (and become much more interesting): we don't need photographers to illustrate the world anymore but rather interpret the world. The work that stands out are the photographers with a unique voice, a unique way of telling a story. This does not have to be a technical or ascetic voice, it can be simply the choice of story one makes."

Lars Boering, Managing Director of the World Press Photo Foundation, said:

“Education is a priority for the World Press Photo Foundation. We name our masterclass in honor of Joop Swart, a former chairman who was committed to new developing talent. More than 264 people have benefited from past editions of the masterclass, which has helped them grow into important photographers. This year’s participants are a wonderfully diverse array of creative individuals, and we’re excited to see the work they produce.”

Theme: ‘Consequences’
As part of their preparations for the masterclass, the photographers are required to produce a photo essay on a given theme, this year revolving around ‘Consequences’. The masterclass curriculum includes lectures by masters on subjects relating to their professional background. Individual portfolio reviews serve to evaluate the participants’ work and to discuss their working methods. The material prepared on the chosen theme, the ideas behind it and its presentation are discussed.

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 of the World Press Photo Foundation.

The masters of the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass will be announced later this year.

Learn more about the Joop Swart Masterclass here: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/joop-swart-masterclass

To see the nominating committee and learn more about the process of being nominated, please visit: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/academy/joop-swart-masterclass/apply

Posted April 23 2016

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