Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 April
Compagnietheater, Amsterdam


The World Press Photo Festival 2017 is now over. Thank you to everyone who presented, visited and engaged during these inspirational three days. We hope to see you again in 2018. If you want to be the first to know about next year’s event, sign up to receive information and early bird discounts.


The World Press Photo Festival is a unique three-day event in Amsterdam showcasing the best visual journalism. Join prizewinning photographers for the stories behind the stories, and meet leading editors, agencies and visual storytellers from across the globe.

Sem Presser lecture

Internationally renowned photographer Stanley Greene presents the festival’s headline Sem Presser Lecture supported by DuPho. After his time as a member of the Black Panthers and anti-Vietnam War activist, an encounter with W. Eugene Smith turned his energies to photojournalism. In his 45 years of reporting since then, Stanley has become a distinctive and powerful voice for justice.

World Press Photo presentation


Featured presentations include TIME’s Instagram Photographer of 2016 Ruddy Roye, Founder of Women Photograph Daniella Zalcman, Iranian photographer and filmmaker Amak Mahmoodian, inspirational documentary photographer Giles Duley and Dutch photo editor and “photographer without a camera” Frank Schallmaier. See the full program.

PhotoQ Bookshop

PhotoQ Bookshop

Popular Amsterdam bookshop PhotoQ presents the best photobooks throughout the World Press Photo Festival. Browse the collection and enjoy refreshments in the bar and restaurant until 6pm daily.

De Nieuwe Kerk

Free exhibition entry

From 20-22 April your three-day festival pass and one-day tickets give you free entry to the flagship World Press Photo Exhibition 2017. See prizewinning work selected from 80,408 photos from 126 countries, staged in the historic De Nieuwe Kerk, Dam Square Amsterdam.

Canon Night

Canon Night – Friday 21 April

Book your ticket to the Canon Night, an exclusive showing of the World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 hosted by Canon. Meet the winners of this year’s photo and digital storytelling contests as they present awarded works from the touring exhibition.

And more…

Visions of Africa

Head to Pakhuis de Zwijger on Wednesday 19 April at 20.00 for Visions of Africa. This  World Press Photo special event introduces international photographers from across the continent including Peter di Campo, Laura El-Tantaway and Brent Stirton. Admission free but spaces are limited – sign up now.

Aleppo at Tropenmuseum

How do you picture one of the oldest cities in the world when it is best known for war? Aleppo, a powerful new exhibit at Tropenmuseum, officially opens on Thursday 20 April. Tropenmuseum is kindly offering three-day festival pass holders free entrance on the opening evening and throughout the festival from 20-22 April.


Foam is kindly offering free entrance to everyone with with a three-day festival pass, one day and half-day tickets, during the festival, 20-22 April.

Huis Marseille

Our friends at Huis Marseille Museum of Photography are offering everyone with a three-day festival  pass, one day and half-day tickets free entrance during the festival, 20-22 April.

ANP logo

The program is made possible by ANP



World Press Photo Festival participants