FotoEvidence Book Award and the World Press Photo Foundation announce a new collaboration

FotoEvidence Book Award former winners

FotoEvidence and the World Press Photo Foundation are collaborating to develop the annual FotoEvidence Book Award.

FotoEvidence was founded in 2010 to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur.

The annual FotoEvidence Book Award recognizes one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice. The selected project is published as part of a FotoEvidence series of photo books dedicated to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating awareness of unacceptable violations of human dignity.

This award will now be known as the “FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo.” The collaboration will mean that the winner and two other selected finalists will be exhibited during the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 in Amsterdam in conjunction with the launch of the winner’s book. The book will also be shown during the World Press Photo Exhibition in many of the 100 cities worldwide to which it travels each year.

FotoEvidence will also exhibit the work of the winner and finalists at 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award exhibit in New York in the fall of 2018. The award winner will be invited to New York to participate in EXPOSE, a one-day workshop that will connect students with the winner to learn from his or her experience and to receive feedback on their long-term projects.

Svetlana Bachevanova, publisher of FotoEvidence:

We at FotoEvidence are excited about our partnership with the World Press Photo Foundation because of our shared commitment to excellence and new initiatives in documentary photography and photojournalism. After seven years and sixteen FotoEvidence books, we expect the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo to expand our reach to a worldwide audience, strengthen our mission promoting social justice, and increase our support for photographers who demonstrate courage and commitment in the pursuit of human rights.

Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation:

We’re delighted to be working closely together with FotoEvidence on the book award. The World Press Photo Foundation is expanding all areas of its activities, and as part of that we’re more committed than ever to promoting visual journalism that addresses social justice. We understand that photo books which address these topics occupy a special but challenging place in the photo book market, and we want to bring this work to our large global audience. The FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo will build on the commitment of Svetlana and her team and help to further our joint mission.

The 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo is now open for submissions.

The deadline is December 15, 2017. Please visit for details. To see the jury, visit

Winners of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo will be announced on February 7, 2018.

For questions about the award process, including eligibility and criteria, please contact Svetlana Bachevanova, publisher, FotoEvidence, at

For questions about the collaboration with the World Press Photo Foundation, please contact David Campbell, Director of Communications and Engagement, World Press Photo Foundation, at, ph. +31(0)20 676 6096.

Posted August 24 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.