Announcing the 2017 Joop Swart Masterclass nominees

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 Joop Swart Masterclass. The event is run annually for the world’s most talented emerging visual journalists and is designed to support and enhance diversity in visual journalism.

The final 12 participants will be announced during the World Press Photo Festival, taking place in Amsterdam 20-22 April.

For the 2017 Joop Swart Masterclass we received 187 nominations from 114 nominators. The nominees come from 68 countries from all six continents. Seventy-five (40%) nominees are women and 112 (60%) are men. The largest number of  nominations come from India (10), Italy (10), USA (10), France (8), Germany (8), Bangladesh (7), China (6) and South Africa (6).

List of 2017 nominees:

  • Mohamed Abdiwahab, Somalia
  • Hilina Abebe, Ethiopia
  • Mark Abramson, USA
  • Luján Agusti, Argentina
  • Shayma Ahmed, Sudan
  • Jenevieve Aken, Nigeria
  • Johanna Alarcón Alvarez, Ecuador
  • Tasneem Alsultan, Saudi Arabia / USA
  • Cicilie S. Andersen, Norway
  • Roger Anis, Egypt
  • Takashi Aoyama, Japan
  • Deepti Asthana, India
  • Jasmine Bakalarz, Argentina
  • Matteo Bastianelli, Italy
  • Cristina Baussan, El Salvador / France / USA
  • Juan Pablo Bellandi, Venezuela
  • Francesco Bellina, Italy
  • Uma Bista, Nepal
  • Sarah Blesener, USA
  • Dario Bosio, Italy
  • Geert Broertjes, Netherlands
  • Jadwiga Brontē, Poland
  • Morgan W.S. Brown, Australia
  • Quentin Bruno, Belgium
  • Nadia Bseiso, Jordan
  • Matthew Busch, USA
  • Mariel Calloway, USA
  • Ronghui Chen, China
  • Sagar Chhetri, Nepal
  • Rasel Chowdhury, Bangladesh
  • Elodie Chrisment, France
  • Yani Clarke, Australia
  • Tiago Coelho, Brazil
  • Geloy Concepcion, Philippines
  • Yan Cong, China
  • Artur Conka, Slovakia
  • Felipe Dana, Brazil
  • Souvid Datta, India
  • Sanne De Wilde, Belgium
  • Elena Del Estal, Spain
  • César Dezfuli, Spain / Iran
  • Vedad Divovic, Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Mohammed Elshamy, Egypt
  • Igor Elukov, Russia
  • Juanita Escobar, Colombia
  • Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium
  • Ismail Ferdous, Bangladesh
  • Natalie Fernandez, Peru
  • Maxime Fossat, France
  • Dorian François, France
  • Jost Franko, Slovenia
  • Johanna-Maria Fritz, Germany
  • Katharina Fröschl-Roßboth, Austria
  • Alexey Furman, Ukraine
  • Rahima Gambo, Nigeria
  • Jakob Ganslmeier, Germany
  • Hicham Gardaf, Morocco
  • Mojgan Ghanbari, Iran
  • Soham Gupta, India
  • Eric Gyamfi, Ghana
  • Azin Haghighi, Iran
  • Maheder Haileselassie Tadese, Ethiopia
  • Marie Hald, Denmark
  • Owen Harvey, United Kingdom
  • Kiana Hayeri, Iran / Canada
  • Stefan Heunis, South Africa
  • Balint Hirling, Hungary
  • Dorota Holubová, Slovakia
  • Mona Hoobehfekr, Iran
  • Katinka Hustad, Norway
  • Giulia Iacolutti, Italy
  • Brian E. Inganga, Kenya
  • Olga Ingurazova, Russia
  • Alessandro Iovino, Italy
  • Ksenia Ivanova, Russia
  • Cheena Kapoor, India
  • Taro Karibe, Japan
  • Hawre Khalid, Iraq
  • Heba Khamis, Egypt
  • Chandan Khanna, India
  • Alejandro Kirchuk, Argentina
  • Cheonbong Ko, China
  • Aleksey Kondratyev, Kyrgyzstan
  • Youcef Krache, Algeria
  • Billy H.C. Kwok, Hong Kong
  • Felipe Larozza, Brazil
  • Rochi León, Peru
  • Fredrik Lerneryd, Sweden
  • Ann Sophie Lindström, Luxembourg
  • Yuyang Liu, China
  • Chiara Luxardo, Italy
  • Ghazal Mafakheri, Iran
  • Akshay Mahajan, India
  • Sayed Asif Mahmud, Bangladesh
  • Lea Mandana, France / Iran
  • Alice Mann, South Africa
  • Andrea Mantovani, France
  • Mehdy Mariouch, Morocco
  • Yael Martinez, Mexico
  • Tshepiso Mazibuko, South Africa
  • Esther Mbabazi, Uganda
  • Sinawi Zen Medine, Eritrea
  • Tamara Merino, Chile
  • Mako Mizobuchi, Japan
  • Lazare Mohamed, France / Algeria
  • Tahmineh Monzavi, Iran
  • Sergey Morgunov, Ukraine
  • Monicah Mwangi, Kenya
  • Natalie Naccache, Lebanon / UK
  • Mahtab Nafis, Bangladesh
  • Musuk Nolte, Peru
  • Nobukho Nqaba, South Africa
  • Adriane Ohanesian, USA
  • Adrian Øhrn Johansen, Norway
  • Hiroshi Okamoto, Japan
  • Bayo Omoboriowo, Nigeria
  • Minzayar Oo, Burma
  • Brian Otieno, Kenya
  • Sarah Pabst, Germany
  • Swastik Pal, India
  • Santi Palacios, Spain
  • Jorge Panchoaga, Colombia
  • Roman Pilipey. Ukraine
  • Léonard Pongo, Belgium
  • Dwi Prasetya, Indonesia
  • Salma Abedin Prithi, Bangladesh
  • Tommaso Protti, Italy
  • Manel Quiros, Spain
  • Zacharie Rabehi, France
  • Mijannur Rahaman Gazi, India
  • Sameh Rahmi, Palestine
  • Fred Ramos, El Salvador
  • Btihal Remli, Morocco
  • Andrew Renneisen, USA
  • Katia Repina, Russia
  • Hannah Reyes Morales, Philippines
  • Katya Rezvaya, Russia
  • Luca Rotondo, Italy
  • Ella Rubeli, Australia
  • Roï Saade, Lebanon
  • Tom Saater, Nigeria
  • Hosam Salem, Palestine
  • Sara Sallam, Egypt
  • Soumya Sankar Bose, India
  • Simone Sapienza, Italy
  • José Sarmento Matos, Portugal
  • Clémentine Schneidermann, France
  • Julius Schrank, Germany
  • Claudius Schulze, Germany
  • Özge Sebzeci, Turkey
  • Ronny Sen, India
  • Shadman Shahid, Bangladesh
  • Hashem Shakeri, Iran
  • Faiham Ebna Sharif, Bangladesh
  • Lindokuhle Sobekwa, South Africa
  • Gaia Squarci, Italy
  • Daro Sulakauri, Georgia
  • Lawrence Sumulong, Philippines / USA
  • Aji Susanto Anom, Indonesia
  • Hilary Swift, USA
  • Ritchie B. Tango, Philippines
  • Jack Taylor, United Kingdom
  • Berta Tilmantaite, Lithuania
  • Rebecka Uhlin, Sweden
  • Iván Valencia Romero, Colombia
  • Danielle Villasana, USA
  • Michael Vince Kim, Argentina/South Korea
  • Anastasia Vlasova, Ukraine
  • Cédric von Niederhäusern, Switzerland
  • Oded Wagenstein, Israel
  • Marlena Waldthausen, Germany
  • Fabian Weiss, Germany
  • John Wessels, South Africa
  • Mathieu Willcocks, United Kingdom
  • Ian Willms, Canada
  • Sam Wolson, USA
  • Jonas Wresch, Germany
  • Jia Yanan, China
  • Lam Yik Fei, Hong Kong
  • Esa Ylijaasko, Finland
  • Cigdem Yuksel, Netherlands
  • Daniella Zalcman, Vietnam / USA
  • Ezz Zanoon, Palestine
  • Emine Ziyatdinova, Ukraine
  • Matic Zorman, Slovenia
  • Biyu Zou, China
  • Moe Zoyari, Iran / USA

In the next stage of the selection process, an independent committee will choose the final 12 participants to be invited to Amsterdam for the masterclass later this year. The selected participants will be announced during the World Press Photo Festival taking place 20-22 April in Amsterdam.

Committed to education
The World Press Photo Foundation is committed to education as the future of visual journalism depends on the dedication of new talent. Since the first workshop in Budapest in 1990, we have run programs in Bangladesh, North Africa and the Philippines. We now organize masterclasses and workshops in locations like Gaza, Mexico City, Nairobi and Accra. Our training schemes around the world, foster both the craft of visual storytelling, good journalistic practice and help create diversity in the profession.

The Joop Swart Masterclass has been organized by World Press Photo every year since 1994 and has established itself as one of the most prestigious events of its kind. Its goal is to bring together some of the most experienced individuals in photojournalism with young, promising photographers to share and pass on their knowledge and experience.

Learn more about the Joop Swart Masterclass and how to apply

The Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by Canon, which provides all participants with a grant.

Posted March 15 2017

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