World Press Photo

World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Founded in 1955, the organisation is known for holding an annual press photography contest. Since 2011, World Press Photo has organised a separate annual contest for journalistic multimedia productions, and, in association with Human Rights Watch, the annual Tim Hetherington Grant.

The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting the work of visual journalists, with a range of activities, exhibitions and initiatives that span the globe

A primary objective of the organization is to support professional photojournalism on a wide international scale through the World Press Photo Academy. It aims to stimulate developments in photojournalism, encourage the transfer of knowledge, help develop high professional standards in visual journalism and promote a free and unrestricted exchange of information. It organizes a number of educational projects throughout the world: seminars, workshops, and the annual Joop Swart Masterclass.
To inspire
We help visual journalists present their stories to a global audience that seeks fresh insights and new perspectives, and celebrate the highest standards of visual journalism.

To engage
Through research, analysis, and debate involving both the profession and the public, we seek new opportunities and ways forward in meeting the many challenges confronting visual journalism.

To educate
The future of visual journalism depends on the dedication of new talent. Our many training schemes around the world, led by the annual Joop Swart Masterclass, foster both the craft of visual storytelling and good journalistic practice.

To support
We are committed to freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech and, as they come under increasing threat, we are redoubling our efforts to connect with visual journalists and their global audience to create a positive future for reliable, high-quality reporting.

World Press Photo programs are supported in a variety of ways. The World Press Photo Foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lotteryand is sponsored worldwide by Canon. The World Press Photo Associates offer a valued partnership, and the Friends of World Press Photo receive many benefits for their financial contribution. We sell museum-quality, limited edition, prize-winning prints as well as photo books in our online store. In addition, we have a range of collaborations with our supporters and contributors.