Meet the masters of the 24th Joop Swart Masterclass

2017 Joop Swart Masterclass masters, from left to right: Jonathan Torgovnik, Magdalena Herrera, Tiago Santana, Newsha Tavakolian and Damir Sagolj

The prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass has for the last 24 years brought together young, promising photographers with the most experienced individuals in visual journalism in order to share and pass on knowledge and experience.

We are proud to welcome the following masters this year:

As part of their preparations for the masterclass in September, the photographers are required to produce a photo essay on a given theme, this year “borders”. The masterclass curriculum includes lectures by the five 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. Each day of the masterclass will also have scheduled discussions around current industry debates. This is as much an exercise for the participants to develop their thinking on these issues, as it is for the World Press Photo Foundation to gain insight into the perspectives of an elite selection of the world's upcoming visual journalists.

The masterclass will take place this year from Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September, in Amsterdam. To find out more about the 12 participating photographers  — seven women and five men from 11 countries and five continents  — see:

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 Joop Swart Masterclass is supported by our worldwide partner Canon and is also made possible by a generous contribution of Delta Lloyd N.V.

For questions and interviews, please contact the World Press Photo Communications team:

Tel. +31 (0)20 6766 096

Masters photos from left to right by Poulomi Basu, Ahmed Hayman, Juan Esteves, Abbas Kowsari and Jure Erzen.

Posted August 8 2017

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.