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.


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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.

Cottbus, Germany

11 March 2019 to 24 March 2019
Blechen-Carré,

Visitors information

Blechen-Carré

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 136, 03046

Cottbus

Germany

 

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.

Visiting hours

Monday - Saturday: 09.30 - 18.00
Sunday: CLOSED

Free entrance

Event Location

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 136, 03046, Cottbus, Germany

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11 January 2019 to 24 January 2019
American University of Central Asia,

Visitors information

American University of Central Asia

7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street

Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan

 

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 exhibition is not open to those under the age of 18. 

 

Visiting hours

Daily: 09.00 - 18.00

Free entrance

Event Location

7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11 January 2019 to 24 January 2019
American University of Central Asia,

Visitors information

American University of Central Asia

7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street

Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan

 

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 exhibition is not open to those under the age of 18. 

 

Visiting hours

MONDAY: Closed
TUESDAY: Closed
WEDNESDAY: Closed
THURSDAY: Closed
FRIDAY: Closed
SATURDAY: Closed
SUNDAY: Closed

Free entrance

Event Location

7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11 January 2019 to 24 January 2019
American University of Central Asia,

Visitors information

American University of Central Asia

7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street

Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan

 

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 exhibition is not open to those under the age of 18. 

 

Visiting hours

MONDAY: Closed
TUESDAY: Closed
WEDNESDAY: Closed
THURSDAY: Closed
FRIDAY: Closed
SATURDAY: Closed
SUNDAY: Closed

Free entrance

Event Location

7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11 January 2019 to 24 January 2019
American University of Central Asia,

Visitors information

American University of Central Asia

7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street

Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan

 

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 exhibition is not open to those under the age of 18. 

 

Visiting hours

Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00

Free entrance

Event Location

7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11 January 2019 to 24 January 2019
American University of Central Asia,

Visitors information

American University of Central Asia

7/6, Аалы Токомбаев

Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan

 

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 exhibition is not open to those under the age of 18. 

 

Visiting hours

Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00

Free entrance

Event Location

7/6, Аалы Токомбаев, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Algiers, Algeria

23 January 2019 to 14 February 2019
National Public Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art ,

Visitors information

National Public Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

25, Rue Larbi Ben M’Hidi

Algiers

Algeria

+ 213 21 71 72 52


http://www.mama-dz.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

 

On the 22 January there will be a lecture given by World Press Photo 2018 Photo Contest winner, Kadir van Lohuizen. 

 

Visiting hours

Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
Friday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Free entry

Event Location

25, Rue Larbi Ben M’Hidi , Algiers, Algeria

Organization details

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Isfahan, Iran

11 January 2019 to 28 January 2019
Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art,

Visitors information

Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art

Ostandari Street Ostandari Street, 81464

Isfahan

Iran

+98 31 3222 9121

 

Best of 2016 - 2018 Exhibition

 

Friday 11 January 2019:

On Friday 11th there will be a morning guided tour by World Press Photos'  YW Hsia and an afternoon workshop by renowned Iranian photographer Mr. Samadian. 

Visiting hours

Monday- Thursday: 09:00 - 13:00, 16:00- 19:00
Friday: 16:00 - 20:00
Saturday -Sunday: 09:00 - 13:00, 16:00 - 19:00

Free entrance
Please note, while the World Press Photo exhibition is free, the rest of the museum is charged.

Event Location

Ostandari Street Ostandari Street, 81464, Isfahan, Iran

Organization details

Netherlands Embassy and Iranian Photojournalist Association

Sponsors

Netherlands Embassy; Municipality of Isfahan; Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art

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