Applying for the Joop Swart Masterclass

Are you a young professional photojournalist or documentary photographer who would like to participate in the Joop Swart Masterclass?

In order to apply for the masterclass, you must first be nominated by one of the 181 professional photojournalists, documentary photographers, editors, publishers, curators and other professionals working in the photography industry all over the world that make up our nominating committee. You can see a list of those nominators below.

Every year between January and February, each nominator selects up to two talented young professional photographers. Photographers selected by the nominators are invited to submit their portfolio to World Press Photo. In April, an independent selection committee chooses the final 12 photographers who will be invited to Amsterdam in September for the masterclass.

In order to be nominated, you must:

  • be a professional photographer, working in the field of photojournalism and/or documentary photography
  • possess a high-level of technical, visual and journalistic skills
  • be 32 years or younger in the year the masterclass is held
  • be at a stage in your career where you are still open to learning new things
  • understand spoken English
  • be able to upload your digital portfolio to World Press Photo in March (More information on how to submit the portfolio will be given to the nominees at the end of February)

Nominations for the 2017 Joop Swart Masterclass are now closed. Nominations for the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass will take place in January and February of 2018. If you meet the above criteria and are interested in being considered, please send an email between October 2017 and January 2018 for contact details of the nominators you'd like to approach for a nomination.

Nominating committee

  • Adriana Zehbrauskas, Brazil, photographer
  • Aïda Muluneh, Ethiopia, founder and director Addis Foto Fest Addis Foto Fest
  • Aidan Sullivan, United Kingdom, founder of Verbatim Photo Agency
  • Akinbode Akinbiyi, Germany, photographer, curator and writer
  • Alejandro Castellote, Spain, independent curator
  • Alejandro Chaskielberg, Argentina, photographer
  • Alessandra Mauro, Italy, editorial director Contrasto Publishing House
  • Alex Webb, USA, photographer
  • Alison Morley, USA, Chair, Documentary Practice & Visual Journalism program International Center of Photography
  • Amel Pain, France, photographer and photo editor
  • Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil, Peru, photographer and picture editor
  • Andrei Polikanov, Russia, visual director Takie Dela online media
  • Andrew S.T. Wong, United Kingdom, independent photographer and consultant
  • Anja Jöckel, Germany, picture editor GEO
  • Anna Kućma, Poland, director Uganda Press Photo
  • Anna-Alix Koffi, Ivory Coast, founder and creative director OFF The Wall
  • Antonin Kratochvil, Czech Republic, photographer and founding member of VII Photo Agency
  • Arianna Rinaldo, Italy, independent photo editor and curator
  • Azu Nwagbogu, Nigeria, director LagosPhoto Festival
  • Barbara Stauss, Switzerland, photo director and founding member Mare magazine
  • Bénédicte Kurzen, France, documentary photographer
  • Benoit Aquin, Canada, photographer
  • Bogdan Cristel, Romania, photographer
  • Brian Storm, USA, founder & executive producer of MediaStorm
  • Bruce M Connew, New Zealand, photographer
  • Carl de Souza, United Kingdom, photographer
  • Cédric Gerbehaye, Belgium, photographer
  • Celina Lunsford, Germany, artistic director Fotografie Forum Frankfurt and curator, writer, co-founder RAY Triennial of Photographie Germany
  • Chris Boot, United Kingdom, executive director Aperture Foundation
  • Claudi Carreras Guillén, Spain, independent curator, editor and photography researcher
  • Claudia C. Hinterseer, the Netherlands, senior multimedia producer China Daily
  • Clement Saccomani, Italy, managing director NOOR photo agency
  • Daniel Ricardo Merle, Argentina, picture editor and curator
  • Daniel Sosa, Uruguay, director Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo (CdF)
  • Daniela Mrazkova, Czech Republic, director Czech Press Photo
  • D J Clark, United Kingdom, multimedia journalist and multimedia director China Daily Asia
  • Daphné Anglès, picture editor New York Times - Paris
  • David Dare Parker, Australia, photographer
  • David Hurn, United Kingdom, photographer
  • Dewi Lewis, United Kingdom, founder and publisher Dewi Lewis Publishing
  • Diego Goldberg, Argentina, photographer
  • Donald Weber, Canada, photographer
  • Eder Chiodetto, Brazil, independent curator and editor
  • Edie Peters, the Netherlands, publisher PhotoQ
  • Eefje Ludwig, the Netherlands, Independent advisor, curator and educator
  • Elena Ceratti, Italy, photo consultant and curator
  • Enric Folgosa Martí, Spain, regional editor AP for Latin America and Caribbean
  • Enrico Stefanelli, Italy, photographer and curator
  • Enrique Villaseñor, Mexico, photographer and professor of photography and multimedia
  • Ernesto Bazan, Italy, photographer and educator
  • Francesco Zizola, Italy, photojournalist
  • Francisco Mata Rosas, Mexico, photographer
  • Frank Kalero, Spain, cultural manager, publisher and curator
  • Frederick C. Baldwin, United States, Chairman FotoFest
  • Gary Knight, United Kingdom, photographer and educator
  • Geovany 'Gato' Villegas, Ecuador, photographer & cultural producer
  • Gerardo Montiel Klint, Mexico, photographer
  • Giorgia Fiorio, Italy, independent artist, photographer and essayist
  • Hector López, Centro Dif. y Est. Fotografia
  • Hester Keijser, the Netherlands, freelance curator
  • Hideko Kataoka, Japan, director of photography Newsweek Japan
  • Hugh Pinney, United Kingdom, vice president Editorial Imagery
  • Iatã Cannabrava, Brazil, photographer and founder Studio Magdalena
  • Jack Picone, Australia, documentary photographer
  • James Wellford, USA, senior photo editor National Geographic
  • Jean Chung, contract photographer Getty Images
  • Jean-François Leroy, France, general director Visa Pour L’image / Images-Evidence
  • Jenny Smets, the Netherlands, director of photography Vrij Nederland
  • Jesse Marlow, Australia, photographer
  • Jessica Murray, United Kingdom/USA, director Al-liquindoi
  • Jim Casper, United States, editor and publisher LensCulture
  • Jimmy A. Domingo, Philippines, photographer, editor, and educator
  • JJ Estrada, Guatemala, co-founder and director La Fototeca / GuatePhoto Festival
  • Jodi Bieber, South Africa, photographer
  • John Fleetwood, South Africa, director Photo: and Joburg Photo
  • Jon Jones, United Kingdom, director of photography Sunday Times Magazine
  • Jon Levy, United Kingdom, editor, publisher and founder Foto8
  • Jonas Staselis, Lithuania, president Lithuanian Press Photographers Club
  • Jonathan Torgovnik, USA, photographer
  • Joseph Sywenkyj, USA, photographer
  • Jukka Gröndahl, Finland, photojournalist and picture editor
  • Junko Ogawa, Japan, head of Magnum Photos Tokyo Office
  • Karim Ben Khelifa, Tunisia, photojournalist
  • Kosuke Okahara, Japan/France, documentary photographer
  • Lars Willumeit, Germany, photo editor, curator and writer
  • Laura Boushnak, Palestine, independent photographer
  • Liza Faktor, Russia, co-founder Screen
  • Magdalena Herrera, France, director of photography Geo France
  • Maggie Steber, USA, photographer
  • Majid Saeedi, Iran, documentary photographer
  • Manoocher Deghati, France/Iran, Middle East Regional Photo Editor for AP
  • Maria Mann, United States, Director International Relations, European Pressphoto Agency (EPA)
  • Mariko Takeuchi, Japan, photography critic, independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design
  • MaryAnne Golon, USA, director of photography The Washington Post
  • Matt Ford, United States, co-founder and interactive media director Vignette Interactive
  • Maya Goded, Mexico, photographer
  • Meaghan Looram, USA, deputy photo editor The New York Times
  • Michael Amendolia, Australia, photographer
  • Michaela Bosakova, Slovakia, curator Central European House of Photography
  • Michele McNally, USA, assistant managing editor The New York Times
  • Miguel Ángel Larrea, Chile, photography professor University of Chile
  • Mikko Takkunen, Finland, photo editor New York Times
  • Mohamed Messara, Algeria, regional chief photographer European Pressphoto Agency - Kairo
  • Moises Castillo, Guatemala, photographer
  • Monica Allende, Spain, photo editor The Sunday Times Magazine
  • Mônica Maia, Brazil, picture editor and gallerist
  • Moshe Rosenzveig, Australia, founder and director Head On Photo Festival
  • Muhammed Muheisen, Jordan, AP chief photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan
  • Munem Wasif, Bangladesh, documentary photographer Agence VU
  • Na Risong, China, art director Inter Art Center/Gallery and chief editor Pixel Magazine
  • Nadia Benchallal, France, photographer
  • Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati, Nepal, founder and director photo.circle and Nepal Picture Library
  • Neil Burgess, United Kingdom, founder *nbpictures
  • Neo Ntsoma, South Africa, photographer
  • Nestan Nijaradze, Georgia, co-artistic director Tbilisi Photo Festival
  • Newsha Tavakolian, Iran, photographer and artist
  • Nicole Robbers, the Netherlands, independent picture editor
  • Ng Swan Ti, Indonesia, photographer and managing director PannaFoto Institute
  • Oleg Klimov, Russia, photographer and founder Liberty SU Foundation
  • Olivier Laurent, France, editor TIME LightBox
  • Pablo Bartholomew, India, independent photographer
  • Pablo Corral Vega, Ecuador, director Nuestramirada.org
  • Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Mexico, photographer
  • Patricio Crooker, Bolivia, documentary photographer
  • Patrick Codomier, France, editorial director Agence VU
  • Paul Lowe, United Kingdom, photographer
  • Pedro Loureiro, Portugal, photographer
  • Per Lindström, Sweden, photographer
  • Peter Bialobrzeski, Germany, documentary photographer and educator
  • Peter diCampo, United States, co-founder Everyday Africa
  • Peter van Agtmael, United States, photographer
  • Pieter ten Hoopen, the Netherlands, photographer
  • Pio Figueiroa, Brazil, founder Cia de Foto
  • Raghu Rai, India, mentor Raghu Rai Center for Photography
  • Ramón Reverté, Spain, editor-in-chief and creative director RM photobook program
  • Raphael Hokororo, Tanzania, photographer
  • Rebecca McClelland, United Kingdom, photography editor and curator
  • Rebecca Simons, Finland, curator and educator
  • Regina Maria Anzenberger, Austria, founder and director Anzenberger Agency
  • Rena Effendi, Azerbaijan, documentary photographer
  • Reza Deghati, Iran, photographer
  • Ricardo Mazalan, Argentina, photo editor AP Bogotá
  • Robert McFarlane, Australia, writer and photographer
  • Robert Y. Pledge, France/United Kingdom, president Contact Press Images
  • Roman Bezjak, Slovenia, photographer and photography professor
  • Ron Haviv, USA, photographer
  • Rula Halawani, Palestine, photographer and director and teacher photographic unit Birzeit University
  • Ruth Eichhorn, Germany, freelance photo editor and curator
  • Samer Mohdad, Belgium/Lebanon, photographer and visual artist
  • Sandra Boulanger de Tejada, Bolivia, photographer
  • Santiago Lyon, USA, US representative World Press Photo Foundation
  • Sebastian Meyer, United States, photographer and filmmaker
  • Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh, director Drik and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute
  • Silvia Omedes, Spain, independent curator and director Photographic Social Vision Foundation
  • Sim Chi Yin, Singapore, photographer
  • Soren Pagter, Denmark, photojournalism department head The Danish School of Media and Journalism
  • Stefano Carini, Italy, editor-in-chief Metrography
  • Stephan Vanfleteren, Belgium, photographer
  • Stephen Ferry, United States, photographer
  • Sujong Song, South Korea, independent curator and photo editor
  • Tamás Révész, Hungary/USA, photojournalism department head Budapest College of Communication and Business
  • Tanvi Mishra, India, photographer
  • Tanya Habjouqa, Palestine/Jordan, photographer
  • Terje Bringedal, Norway, photographer
  • Thomas Mukoya, Kenya, photographer
  • Timothy Jaap Veling, New Zealand, photographer
  • Tom Kennedy, USA, independent photo consultant
  • Tomasz Tomaszewski, Poland, photographer
  • Tony Valdez, Argentina, photographer
  • Touré Amadou Chab, Mali, gallery director
  • Uche Okpa-Iroha, Nigeria, director Nlele Institute
  • Val Williams, United Kingdom, curator and photography teacher
  • Veronica Cordeiro, Brazil, curator Centro de Fotografia de Montevideo
  • Vincent Alabiso, USA, president Visual Journalism Alliance
  • Walter Astrada, Argentina, photographer
  • Wen Huang, China, director of new media development Xinhua News Agency, China
  • Witold Krassowski, Poland, photographer and photographic reportage teacher, Media Art Department, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
  • Yuri Kozyrev, Russia, photographer and founding member of NOOR
  • Ziv Koren, Israel, photographer