2016 Joop Swart Masterclass

Meet the 12 young photographers who will participate in the 23rd edition of the prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass


Acceptance to the masterclass is based on a system of nomination and selection. The nominating committee selected 167 young photographers this year. An independent selection committee then made the final online selection of the 12 participants based on their submitted portfolio.

The participants:

The following 12 photographers—5 women and 7 men of 11 different nationalities—will join the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass, to be held in Amsterdam at the end of September:

  • Aapo Huhta, Finland
  • Abdollah Heidari, Iran
  • Amanda Mustard, USA
  • Hicham Gardaf, Morocco*
  • Jana Romanova, Russia
  • Line Ørnes Søndergaard, Norway
  • Luisa Dörr, Brazil
  • Mariya Kozhanova, Russia
  • Prasiit Sthapit, Nepal
  • Samsul Alam Helal, Bangladesh
  • Sébastien Van Malleghem, Belgium
  • Tomasz Lazar, Poland

The runners-up will automatically be nominated in 2017.

    • 1st runner up: Karolina Jonderko, Poland*
    • 2nd runner up: Clémentine Schneidermann, France

    *Hicham Gardaf is unable to join for the week of the masterclass and will be replaced by first runner-up Karolina Jonderko.

    The masters:

    The masters for the 23rd Joop Swart Masterclass are:

      • Laura Boushnak, Palestine, photographer and founding member Rawiya Collective
      • Liza Faktor, Russia, visual documentary producer, curator and co-founder of Screen
      • Amy Pereira, USA, director of photography at MSNBC
      • Jonathan Torgovnik, USA/Israel, photographer
      • Donald Weber, Canada, photographer VII Photo Agency

      Theme: 'Consequences'

      As part of their preparations for the masterclass, the photographers are required to produce a photo essay on a given theme, this year revolving around ‘Consequences’.

      The masterclass curriculum includes lectures by 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.