Supporting visual journalism through the COVID-19 crisis

Guidance, resources, funding and grants for visual journalists

This is a challenging and difficult time for the global community.

The visual journalism community is dealing with a lot of uncertainty: safety concerns, travel bans, budget cuts and cancelled assignments are only a few of the issues visual journalists are facing.

The global situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus has also affected the World Press Photo Foundation. Our annual Awards Show and Festival have been cancelled. The World Press Photo House and PhotoQ Bookshop in Amsterdam have closed their doors temporarily. Some locations of our World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 worldwide tour have been postponed. And our staff are working from home because social distancing is necessary.

We are all in this together. We will continue supporting the conditions that make visual journalism possible and sharing the work of visual journalists to a global audience. The need for visual journalism we can trust has never been greater.

The winners of the 2020 Photo Contest and the 2020 Digital Storytelling Contest - including the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year, World Press Photo Story of the Year, World Press Photo Online Video of the Year, and World Press Photo Interactive of the Year - will be announced on the evening of 16 April 2020 and presented to our global audience through a wide range of online and media channels.

Due to safety concerns, we’re not able to start our exhibition tour on 17 April at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. However, we’re looking into new ways of bringing the Exhibition 2020 to our audiences.

We believe in the power of showing and the importance of seeing high-quality visual stories, and we’ll keep on working hard to fulfil our mission: connecting the world to the stories that matter.

Useful resources for visual journalists covering the COVID-19 crisis

Many organizations are putting together resources to ensure the safety of visual journalists covering the COVID-19 crisis, as well as sharing their work and concerns during this difficult time. We’ve gathered here some of the best ones:

Funding and grants

Articles on ethical considerations

We would like this list to be a collaborative effort. If you have any resources you would like to add to this list so they can be shared, please send your suggestions to: