Discover the World Press Photo Festival 2019 Program

Alexandra Bell, The Fotobus Society, and more complete the line-up

From 12-13 April 2019, the World Press Photo Festival 2019 comes back to Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam with a diverse program of presentations, screenings, meetups, and panel talks, showcasing the best of visual journalism.

Having previously announced, among others, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Delphine Fawundu, Kathy Moran, Tina Rosenberg, and the renowned Sem Presser Lecture, supported by DuPho, by Aida Muluneh; the festival program is now expanded with panel discussions and presentations that will include, among other topics, reporting on migration, modern ways of storytelling, investigative journalism, and ethical storytelling.

In ‘Documenting the Caravan’, World Press Photo of the Year nominee John Moore, World Press Photo Story of the Year nominee Pieter Ten Hoopen, and World Press Photo Online Video of the Year nominee Almudena Toral share their experiences reporting on migration, and discuss the consequences of government policy experienced by the migrants.

Modern Ways of Storytelling’ will look to highlight the changing ways in which we visualize and consume information, while also drawing attention to new ways of approaching journalism. Presenting their own work before a panel discussion will be Zackary Canepari, 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest winner and 2019 nominee; Claudia Hinterseer, senior video editor South China Morning Post; and Zahra Rasool, head of Contrast and 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest jury chair.

2019 World Press Photo Contest nominees Catalina Martin-Chico and John Wessels, and 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest nominee Fábio Erdos will share their work in ‘Reporting Beyond the News Cycle’.

Discussing the ethical considerations that photo editors take into account when publishing photos will be 2019 World Press Photo Contest nominees Mary F. Calvert and Philip Montgomery, 6x6 talent Gulshan Khan, and Whitney Johnson, vice president, Visuals and Immersive Experiences, at National Geographic and 2019 Photo Contest jury chair.

Side events program

Alongside the presentations and panel talks, the festival will offer a special program of side events, thanks to its local and international partners. The Fotobus Society, an independent non-profit foundation promoting young photographic talents, and contributing to peace-building, political education, and international cultural and academic exchange, will visit Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek during the festival to offer presentations, screenings and the chance to connect with the students behind this initiative.

The side events program also includes a safety meetup with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)’s Safety Technologist Ela Stapley, a Fotomat workshop on website building, and documentary film screenings at Het Ketelhuis. Festival ticket holders will be able to shop a selection of photo books from the PhotoQ Bookshop, and discover the city’s most renowned photography museums, Huis Marseille and Foam, during the festival.

The World Press Photo Festival 2019 will also see the third edition of the Women’s Meetup, which will explore how to create a safe space for women in the photojournalism industry to report sexual harassment. The event will feature Anastasia Taylor-Lind, a photojournalist who has spent more than a decade documenting women, violence, and war issues, in conversation with Naina Bajekal, deputy international editor at Time Magazine.

Explore the festival program

On-site exhibitions

Experience the nine winning productions of the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest, discover the work of all 6x6 talents in a special exhibition, and look back at World Press Photo yearbooks displaying the award-winning images of the World Press Photo contest during the festival.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2019

The flagship World Press Photo Exhibition 2019, displaying the winning work of the Photo and Digital Storytelling Contests, and the winner of the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, premieres at De Nieuwe Kerk on 12 April. The opening night offers the chance to be among the first to see the exhibition before traveling to over 100 locations world wide, and to meet the 2019 Contests winners.

From 13 April to 7 July, the exhibition will be open to the public. This year, the exhibition features a new design, including archival images selected from World Press Photo Foundation’s over 65-year history. Festival ticket holders can visit the exhibition on the opening night and during the weekend.

Festival tickets on sale

Festival passes and day tickets can be purchased here. All tickets are valid on the day and provide access to our partner locations at Foam, Huis Marseille and Het Ketelhuis. Friday and two-day passes also include entrance to the exclusive Opening Night of the World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 at De Nieuwe Kerk. Tickets for the Opening Night can be purchased here.