World Press Photo

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

We were formed in 1955, when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to expose their work to international colleagues and exchange knowledge with them. That annual competition has since grown into one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and digital storytelling, the exhibition it produces is seen by four million people worldwide each year, and the World Press Photo Foundation has become much more than a contest.

Freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are indispensable, and quality visual journalism is essential for the accurate and independent reporting that makes these freedoms possible. We work to develop and promote quality visual journalism and visual storytelling because people deserve to see their world and express themselves freely.

Today, when the world, the press and photography itself are undergoing seismic changes – and when visual literacy is more important than ever – we strive to help visual journalists and storytellers, as well as their audience, understand and respond to these transformations so these freedoms can be secured and creativity can flourish. To help achieve this we partner with a number of international organisations.

Alessio Romenzi (Bio), Adam Ferguson, Jasper Doest, Catalina Martin-Chico, Ivor Prickett, Alyona Kochetkova, Mulugeta Ayene, Sarah Blesener, Wally Skalij, Daniele Volpe, Jasper Doest
Authored Articles
World Press Photo 2020
Winners & Nominees
For six decades, World Press Photo has been expanding its mission as an independent nonprofit, drawing on experience to...
30 Years of World Press Photo
Jun 2 – Sep 15, 2018
The Caen Memorial will host an exhibition to mark the occasion of its 30th anniversary: World Press Photo Foundation...
World Press Photo Expo 2017
2017–2018 / Various venues
Chosen from over 5000 entries of over 80,000 photographes from 125 countries, World Press Photo Expo showcases the 2017...
The American Document / Part II
Fractured States / Peter van Agtmael
After returning from years of war coverage, van Agtmael tries to piece together the memory, identity, race, class, and...
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Rounding out our 2nd Year
We are rounding out our second year with nearly a million visits strong. A very exciting two years it...
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Look back on 2017
So here we are, the last day of the year, 2017. We are wrapping up our first 6 months,...
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Look back on our 1st year
Here we are. We just rounded out our first year with well over a quarter-million visits. A very interesting...
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
70 year Anniversary
Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family...
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Look back on 2018
2018 comes to an end, we can almost hear the fireworks. Let our solitude be a period of self...