Announcing the masters of the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass

2016 Joop Swart Masterclass masters, from left to right: Laura Boushnak, Jonathan Torgovnik, Amy Pereira, Liza Faktor, and Donald Weber

The Joop Swart Masterclass has for the last 22 years brought together 12 young, promising photographers with the most experienced individuals in photojournalism in order to share and pass on knowledge and experience.

This year, for the 23rd Joop Swart Masterclass, we are proud to welcome the following masters:

The masterclass will take place this year from Monday, 26 September, to Friday, 30 September, in Amsterdam. More information including the list of participants can be found here:

What's new for the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass?

  • The masterclass experience will be opened up with videos of the masters' keynote talks. These videos will be available after 10 October and will be taped during a live event for our Amsterdam-based community on 28 September.
  • Each day of the masterclass will have a scheduled discussion around current industry debates. This is as much an exercise for the participants to develop their thinking on these issues, as it is for World Press Photo to gain insight into the perspectives of an elite selection of the world's upcoming visual journalists.
  • This year's participants will be treated to guest lecturers from the documentary film world. Several of this year's participants are working with video next to photography in their projects. The guest lecturers will teach the participants about current trends and impact production in documentary film to draw inspiration from this closely related realm.

The Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by our worldwide partner Canon, which provides each participant with a grant. This year’s participants will be able to select the newly released Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Posted September 8 2016

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