Call for Applications: World Press Photo Foundation Masterclass West Africa

Master Silvia Omedes (center) edits during the first World Press Photo Latin America Masterclass. © World Press Photo

The group from the second satellite masterclass in East Africa during an editing session. © World Press Photo

The World Press Photo Foundation invites applications from documentary photographers in West Africa for the World Press Photo Masterclass West Africa.

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The Masterclass West Africa will take place in Accra, Ghana, from 8 to 12 March 2017, and will support the most promising young visual journalists in their professional development. The deadline to submit your application is 15 January 2017.

All photographers who have worked on visual stories about daily life, nature, politics and society are encouraged to apply for the Masterclass West Africa. The masters, who will be chosen to meet the learning needs and wishes of the selected participants, will share their expertise and provide individual advice to all participants. The masterclass curriculum is structured around thematic photo essays that participants are required to work on in advance of the masterclass. The masterclass week also includes lectures by, and individual instruction with, all masters.

The Masterclass West Africa is the third in the World Press Photo Foundation’s series of satellite masterclasses, after previous editions in Mexico and Kenya, and is based on the formula of the annual Joop Swart Masterclass, which is run annually for the world’s most talented emerging visual journalists.

Participation in Masterclass West Africa is free for those selected, and all travel and lodging expenses will be covered by the World Press Photo Foundation.

Who can apply?

Professional photographers with experience working on documentary photo stories who:

  • Are nationals or permanent residents of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo;
  • Are under the age of 35; and
  • Have a good understanding of English. (We will take the necessary measures to accommodate French speakers with little command of English.)

Application and selection procedure
To apply, please send your portfolio, biography with age and nationality, full contact details, as well as a short statement of your motivation in English describing what the masterclass might mean to your professional development. Submit all this information to before 15 January 2017.

Large files (25MB<) can be sent via WeTransfer. If you do not already have a portfolio, please prepare a selection of your work that includes at least two photo stories/series. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been checked for completion.

An international, professional and independent committee will select a maximum of 12 participants based on the quality of work and motivation for participation.

For questions or help, please contact Juliette Garms at

About the World Press Photo Foundation education programs
From the annual Joop Swart Masterclass to local workshops, from grants to speaking events, the World Press Photo Foundation aims to educate, enable, and connect visual storytellers. For more information on the education programs at World Press Photo Foundation, please see:


Please contact the Communications team or tel. +31 (0)20 676 6096 for additional information.

Posted December 20 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.