Announcing the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest and Photo Contest Jury Chairs

  • Zahra Rasool will chair the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest Jury
  • Whitney C. Johnson will chair the 2019 Photo Contest Jury
  • The full jury will be announced later this year
  • Entries for both contests open on 3 December 2018

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce that Zahra Rasool, Head of Contrast—Al Jazeera’s immersive media studio, will be chair of the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest Jury and that Whitney C. Johnson, Vice President, Visuals and Immersive Experiences, at National Geographic, will chair the 2019 Photo Contest Jury.

Anna Lena Mehr, director of contests at the World Press Photo Foundation, says:

“We are honored to have two incredibly talented and inspiring women leading the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest and Photo Contest. Zahra Rasool and Whitney Johnson both embody the values that are central to the World Press Photo Foundation: they both have impressive careers in the landscape of visual storytelling, and most of all they are strongly committed to diversity and ethical storytelling.”

Zahra Rasool will chair the 9th Digital Storytelling Contest Jury
Zahra Rasool is the Head of Contrast—Al Jazeera’s immersive media studio where she focuses on the production of compelling 360-degree video, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) content. Before joining Al Jazeera's Innovation Team, she was the Managing Editor of HuffPost RYOT where she was responsible for RYOT's editorial strategy, managing the content team and combining journalistic storytelling with VR and 360-degree technology. In 2015, she founded her own startup Gistory.

Zahra Rasool reflected on her upcoming task:

“I'm honored to be the chair of the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest Jury. I'm particularly thrilled to be a part this contest because it offers an opportunity to recognize new forms of storytelling, and also speaks to how they connect audiences to multilayered stories, which are very crucial in understanding both the pressing issues of our time and the people impacted by them.

I think it will be significant for the jury to make sure we recognize and honor pieces that champion and contend with ethical storytelling. It's very important for us as journalists to continue to have conversations and challenge ourselves to ask: How can we tell ethical stories that do justice to the people at the center of the issues we're covering?”

Zahra Rasool will be joined by a group of professionals in Amsterdam in February 2019 to judge the entries. The full jury will be announced later this year. Learn more about the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest judging process.


Whitney C.Johnson will be the 62nd Photo Contest Jury Chair
Whitney C.Johnson is the Vice President, Visuals and Immersive Experiences at National Geographic. Prior to joining the magazine, she was the director of photography at The New Yorker where her work was widely recognized, earning awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors; Awards of Excellence from the Society of Publication Designers; and a Peabody, in collaboration with Human Rights Watch and the photographer Platon.

The judging process for the 2019 Photo Contest involves four specialized juries and a general jury. It will take place in several rounds over a three-week period during January 2019. The full jury will be announced later this year. Learn more about the 2019 Photo Contest judging process.

Campaigning for diversity
In the coming weeks, the World Press Photo Foundation will campaign to attract a more representative range of submissions to both contests. In particular, the campaign will focus on increasing the number of participants coming from Africa and South America, boosting the number of women who enter their work, and finding great work on the environment and sport categories. In addition to making these aims well known through social media, the foundation is contacting editors, photographers and visual journalists around the world asking them to let us know about the compelling images and stories they have seen. The foundation will then contact those individuals directly and encourage them to apply.


Entries open on 3 December 2018
Both the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest and 2019 Photo Contest will open for submissions on 3 December 2018. Entering the contest is free and open to all professionals around the world.

This year, the World Press Photo Foundation is introducing three major new awards: ‘World Press Photo Story of the Year’ in the Photo Contest, and for the Digital Storytelling Contest, the ‘World Press Photo Interactive of the Year’ and the ‘World Press Photo Online Video of the Year’. Find out what’s new on the 2019 contests.


#WPPh2019
www.worldpressphoto.org/2019contest


Header Image: Zahra Rasool (© Asiya Khaki); Whitney C. Johnson (© Mark Theissen / National Geographic)

Posted November 22 2018

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.

Meet the masters: experts to share their knowledge at the 25th Joop Swart Masterclass

Masters of the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass

Amsterdam, 18 September 2018

World Press Photo is pleased to announce the masters of the 25th edition of the prestigious photography masterclass. Since its creation in 1994, the Joop Swart Masterclass has brought together young, promising photographers with the most experienced individuals in visual journalism in order to share and pass on knowledge and experience.

The four masters of this year are:
Stephen Dupont, Australia, documentary photographer
Simona Ghizzoni, Italy, photographer and film-maker, Canon Ambassador and member of MAPS and ZONA
Magdalena Herrera, France, director of photography Geo France
Joachim Naudts, Belgium, curator and editor FOMU

Theme: ‘Generation Y’
The masterclass will take place this year from Monday 24 to Friday 28 September, in Amsterdam. The participants will receive an immersive, hands-on educational experience with the four prominent experts, as well as guest speakers visual storyteller Dirk-Jan Visser and photo editor/photographer Kathryn Cook-Pellegrin, International Committee of the Red Cross, to discuss all aspects of their work and the profession. Each day of the masterclass will also include scheduled discussions around current industry debates, such as exhibitions, books, business development, multimedia and legal aspects.

In preparation for the masterclass, the participants have to produce a photo essay on a single theme, this year “Generation Y” which refers to the theme of the very first masterclass in 1994 “Generation X”. The photo essays will be discussed and edited during sessions with the masters. We intentionally do not give participants extensive information on the theme and subject, since we think the research beforehand and their considerations which have led to a certain approach are part of the assignment and are skills that will be discussed during the Masterclass. Participants are free to interpret the subject in their own way.
Find out more about the 12 participating photographers  — eight women and four men selected from 219 candidates  — here.

The Joop Swart Masterclass
The World Press Photo Foundation is committed to education. Since the first workshop in Budapest in 1990, we have run programs in a.o. Bangladesh, North Africa, the Philippines and Gaza, and masterclasses in Mexico City, Nairobi and Accra. These programs foster both the craft of visual storytelling, good journalistic practice and help create diversity in the profession.

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 Conscious HotelsICRC, LensCulture, and Volkshotel.

For more information, visit www.worldpressphoto.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.


Contact
For questions and interviews, please contact the World Press Photo Communications team:
Tel. +31 (0)20 6766 096
communications@worldpressphoto.org

Photo credits of Masters photos, from left to right:
Magdalena Herrera by Ahmed Hayman, Joachim Naudts, Simona Ghizzoni, and Stephen Dupont by J Bradley Scott.

Posted September 19 2018

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.

Meet the 2019 World Press Photo Contest Jury

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to introduce the members of the 2019 Photo Contest juries.

The judging will take place in several rounds over a three-week period in January 2019. Whitney C. Johnson, 2019 Photo Contest Jury Chair, will be joined by 18 professionals from all around the world to select the best images contributing to the past year of visual journalism.

Anna Lena Mehr, director of contests at the World Press Photo Foundation, says:

“We are very excited about the different perspectives and expertise that the jury will bring to the 2019 Photo Contest. We have individuals coming from all kinds of photography backgrounds, there is an equal number of women and men, with representation from five continents. This will allow us to acknowledge a diversity of visual approaches and cultures equally, and to showcase a more comprehensive representation of our world. We are looking forward to the choices the juries will make.”


The 2019 Photo Contest Jury

Judging the World Press Photo Contest is an intensive process taking place in several rounds over a three-week period, starting on 12 January 2019.

In the first week, the work is done by four independent specialist juries, who judge eight categories. Each jury has a chair responsible for maintaining the integrity of the process, ensuring the deliberations are conducted in accordance with the highest standards, and ensuring that all jury members are fully involved in the judging process.


The News and Documentary Specialist Jury (General News, Spot News, Long-Term Projects and Contemporary Issues)

  • Chair: Whitney Johnson, vice president, Visuals and Immersive Experiences, at National Geographic, United States
  • Christoph Bangert, photographer and teacher, Germany
  • Denise Camargo, photographer, professor, researcher, and cultural project manager, Brazil
  • Davina Jogi, director, Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers, Zimbabwe
  • Ahmed Najm, managing director of Metrography Agency, Iraq
     

Portraits Jury

Nature and Environment Jury

  • Chair: Neil Aldridge, conservation photographer, South Africa
  • Barbara Stauss, photo director and founding member of Mare Magazine, Switzerland
  • Xi Zhinong, wildlife photographer, China
     

Sports Jury

General Jury

In the second week of judging, an independent general jury consisting of the chairs of the specialist juries, plus three new members, will choose the nominees:

  • Chair: Whitney Johnson, vice president, Visuals and Immersive Experiences, at National Geographic, United States
  • Neil Aldridge, photographer, South Africa
  • Yumi Goto, independent photography curator, Japan
  • Nana Kofi Acquah, photographer at Getty Images, Ghana
  • Paul Moakley, deputy director of Photography and Visual Enterprise at Time Magazine, United States
  • Alice Martins, photojournalist, Brazil
  • Maye-e Wong, photojournalist at Associated Press, Singapore


Secretaries

Each jury is assisted by a secretary, who is responsible for all procedural matters and ensures the rules are fairly and properly applied. The secretaries do not contribute to debate on the merits of any entry and have no vote in the process.

The 2019 Photo Contest secretaries are:

  • Kaat Celis, managing director of Sluitertijd and director of AntwerpPhoto, Belgium
  • David Griffin, owner of DGriffinStudio, United States


Winners will be announced in April 2019

On 20 February 2019, the six nominees for ‘World Press Photo of the Year,’ and the three nominees for the new ’World Press Photo Story of the Year’ award will be announced. The winners of these awards, as well as all the categories, will become known at the Awards Show taking place on 11 April 2019 in Amsterdam.

The winners of ‘World Press Photo of the Year,’  and 'World Press Photo Story of the Year’  will receive €10,000 each. All winners will be invited to the Awards Show. Their work will be showcased in the World Press Photo Foundation global exhibitions and yearbook. This means all contest winners will share in prizes totaling more than €130,000 in value.

Sign up to receive the media kit of the 2019 Photo Contest when it becomes available.


Entries now open

The World Press Photo Contest is now open for entries. Entrants must register before 3 January 2019 12 noon CET. Entrants can submit their work through the platform Picter until 8 January 2019 12 noon CET. The 2019 Photo Contest is free to enter and open to all professionals around the world.

Details of the entry rules, procedures, and voting system, along with the code of ethics, categories, and guidance on what is not acceptable with regards to manipulation, are available at worldpressphoto.org/activities/photo-contest

#WPPh2019

Posted December 6 2018

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.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

24 January 2019 to 6 February 2019
Alliance Francaise ,

Visitors information

Alliance Francaise

Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road (Behind Las Vegas Casino)

Dar es Salaam

Tanzania

Tel. +255 22 213 1406


http://www.afdar.com

 

Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 on its world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the 61st annual World Press Photo contest.

 

The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 73,000 photographs entered by 4,548 photographers from 125 countries.

 

Open Discussion on Photojournalism on Friday 1 February 2019 at 3pm organised by Tamwa, Hivos and the Voice programmme of Hivos and Oxfam Novib.

 

https://nl-nl.facebook.com/DutchEmbassyTanzania/

https://web.facebook.com/voice.global.online/

https://www.facebook.com/media.womenassociation

https://nl-nl.facebook.com/AllianceFrancaiseDAR/

Visiting hours

Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00 (lunch break 1pm -2pm)
Saturday 08:00 – 16:00
Sunday: CLOSED

Free entrance

Event Location

Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road (Behind Las Vegas Casino) , Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Organization details

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tanzania

https://www.facebook.com/DutchEmbassyTanzania/

Sponsors

NMB https://www.nmbbank.co.tz/

Napoli, Italy

24 November 2018 to 16 December 2018
PAN – Palazzo delle Arti Napoli,

Visitors information

PAN – Palazzo delle Arti Napoli

Via dei Mille, 60 80121

Napoli

Italy

 

Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 on its world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the 61st annual World Press Photo contest.

 

The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 73,000 photographs entered by 4,548 photographers from 125 countries.

 

https://www.facebook.com/worldpressphotopalermo 

https://www.instagram.com/worldpressphotonapoli/ 

Visiting hours

Monday to Friday: 09:30 - 19:30 (last entrance 18:45)
Saturday to Sunday: 09:30 - 21:30 (last entrance 20:45)

Full price: € 10.00
Reduced price groups (minimum 15 people): € 8.00
Reduced price for under 25 and over 65: € 7.50
Reduced price for schools: € 4.00
Martedì Universitario: € 6.00
Membership: € 15.00
Free admission for disabled guests

Event Location

Via dei Mille, 60 80121 , Napoli, Italy

Organization details

CIME www.worldpressphotonapoli.com

Tel Aviv, Israel

21 December 2018 to 2 February 2019
Eretz Israel Museum,

Visitors information

Eretz Israel Museum

2 Haim Levanon St.

Tel Aviv

Israel

+ 972 3 6415244


http://www.eretzmuseum.org.il/

 

Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 on its world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the 61st annual World Press Photo contest.

 

The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 73,000 photographs entered by 4,548 photographers from 125 countries.

 

https://www.facebook.com/Press.Photos.Exhibition/

https://www.instagram.com/edut_mekomit/ 

 

Visiting hours

Monday: 10.00 – 16.00
Tuesday: 10.00 – 22.00
Wednesday: 10.00 – 16.00
Thursday: 10.00 – 22.00
Friday: 10.00 – 14.00
Saturday: 10.00 – 22.00
Sunday: 10.00 - 16.00

Entrance: 52 NIS

Event Location

2 Haim Levanon St., Tel Aviv, Israel

Organization details

Sponsors

Ynet http://www.ynet.co.il

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

19 January 2019 to 10 February 2019
World Trade Center Rotterdam,

Visitors information

World Trade Center Rotterdam

Beursplein 37 3011 AA

Rotterdam

the Netherlands

+31 (0)10 – 405 44 44 (reception)


http://www.wtcrotterdam.com

 

Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 on its world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the 61st annual World Press Photo contest.
 

The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 73,000 photographs entered by 4,548 photographers from 125 countries.


The official opening is on 19 January 2019 at 2 pm.
Ticket opening € 10.-.


As part of the programme, we will organise lectures by well-known people from the world of photography every weekend (Saturdays at 10am, Sunday at 12pm).
Ticket lecture € 8,-.  (including visit exhibition).

www.worldpressphotoexporotterdam.com
www.facebook.com/WorldPressPhotoRotterdam/
www.instagram.com/worldpressphotorotterdam/

Visiting hours

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00 (Friday to 21:00)
Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00

General admission: €5.50
CJP: €4.50
Children under 12 years: free

Event Location

Beursplein 37 3011 AA , Rotterdam , the Netherlands

Organization details

Shahidul Alam’s 100-day detention must end

Statement by Free Press Unlimited, the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, and the World Press Photo Foundation

Shahidul Alam, internationally renowned photographer and activist, was forcibly taken from his home in Dhaka on 5 August. He was arrested and charged under Bangladesh’s ICT law for his public statements on recent protests.

Today marks his 100th day in prison. More than 30 distinguished artists, writers, and photographers from South Asia have signed an open letter (see below) to the Government of Bangladesh calling for Shahidul’s release.

In Europe, there is great concern too, and the human rights situation in Bangladesh is on the agenda in the European Parliament this week. MEP Marietje Schaake, who is also on the board of the Prince Claus Fund, is working to have Shahidul’s detention to be explicitly mentioned in the text.

Free Press Unlimited, the Prince Claus Fund, and the World Press Photo Foundation join with our friends and colleagues in South Asia and call for his immediate release.

_____________________________________

H.E. Sheikh Hasina Wazed
Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Prime Minister’s Office
Dhaka, Bangladesh
13 November 2018

Subject: Appeal for release of Shahidul Alam on 100th day in custody

Your Excellency:

As well-wishers of Bangladesh and supporters of its 166 million citizens’ struggle for dignity, social justice and prosperity, we are distressed by the continued imprisonment of photographer and cultural activist Shahidul Alam.

Since the founding of the nation in 1971, the people of Bangladesh have led by example, fighting poverty, ending social injustices and being standard-bearers of participatory development. This advance has been made possible by the democratic spirit of the people, who have challenged military rulers and autocrats alike. As well-wishers of Bangladesh, we fear that these gains are in danger due to the rising political intolerance and denial of fundamental freedoms.

Shahidul Alam is a Bangladeshi citizen, but the rest of us in South Asia are also proud to call him our own, for the values of truth, justice and social equality he promotes. His work and activism are respected all over our region and beyond, with innumerable friends who admire his concern for the voiceless and marginalised. One example is his latest work highlighting the tragedy of the Rohingya people, who have been given refuge in Bangladesh by your Government.

Since Shahidul Alam was forcefully taken from his home on the 5th of August, he was remanded first in Detective Branch custody for seven days and, then held at Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj. He is accused of ‘hurting the image of the nation’ while reporting on protests by young students demanding road safety.

It is clear to us that the case of Shahidul Alam is being used as a means to suppress criticism by others in civil society. His arrest and continued detention appear to be manifestation of an intolerant political atmosphere, an attempt to threaten and silence the voice of Bangladeshi citizens. With the country preparing for general elections, this is a time when there should be more space for debate and discussion, not less.

As believers in the rule of law, we are shocked to learn that government lawyers continue to oppose Shahidul Alam’s release on bail using various stratagems and delays intended to deprive him of his fundamental rights to liberty and due process. Across South Asia, politicians and citizens have fought for the right to speak, and to write, and it is astonishing to us that a government today, especially one which seeks to harness technology for
progress, should choose to use a law to proscribe online speech to jail a citizen.

Prime Minister,

We the undersigned urge you to ensure the release of Shahidul Alam on this, the 100th day of his detention. We look forward to Bangladesh retaining its place as an exemplar of participatory democracy in South Asia.

Sincerely,

  1. Akram Khan, London
  2. Amar Kanwar, New Delhi
  3. Amitav Ghosh, Goa
  4. Anish Kapoor, London
  5. Aparna Sen, Kolkata
  6. Arundhati Roy, New Delhi
  7. Ashok Vajpeyi, New Delhi
  8. Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Kolkata
  9. Dayanita Singh, New Delhi
  10. Ina Puri, Kolkata
  11. Jayadeva Uyangoda, Colombo
  12. Kanak Mani Dixit, Kathmandu
  13. Laila Tyabji, New Delhi;
  14. Manjushree Thapa, Toronto
  15. Mohammed Hanif, Karachi
  16. Moushumi Bhowmik, Kolkata
  17. Nandita Das, Kolkata
  18. Nimalka Fernando, Colombo
  19. Patricia Mukhim, Shillong
  20. Pooja Sood, New Delhi
  21. Rachana Singh, New Delhi
  22. Raghu Rai, New Delhi
  23. Rajdeep Sardesai, New Delhi
  24. Ramchandra Guha, Bangalore
  25. Romila Thapar, New Delhi
  26. Salima Hashmi, Lahore
  27. Sanjay Kak, New Delhi
  28. Sanjoy Hazarika, Shillong
  29. Sankha Ghosh, Kolkata
  30. Shabana Azmi, Mumbai
  31. Sushila Karki, Kathmandu
  32. Vijay Prashad, New Delhi
  33. Vikram Seth, New Delhi
  34. Vrinda Grover, New Delhi

______________________________________________

Note for the Editors. For more information please contact:
David Campbell
Director of Communications, World Press Photo Foundation
communications@worldpressphoto.org  |  +31 6 46 24 17 47

Sarah Smith
Coordinator Communications, Prince Claus Fund
S.Smith@princeclausfund.nl  | +31 20 3449 169

Posted November 13 2018

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.

Shymkent, Kazakhstan

20 December 2018 to 2 January 2019
Miras University,

Visitors information

Miras University

2 Sapak Datka str.

Shymkent

Kazakhstan

+7 (7252) 33-77-77


http://miras.edu.kz/university/index.php/en

 

The grand opening will be dedicated to the International Human Rights Day. The Exhibition will be accompanied by a lecture of a WPP staff member to university students on the topic of freedom of the press.

 

Sponsored by:

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Astana
Soros Foundation Kazakhstan

Visiting hours

Monday to Saturday: 09.00 – 20.00
Closed on Sundays

Free admission

Event Location

2 Sapak Datka str., Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Organization details

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