About the festival

The World Press Photo Festival 2018 will take place in Amsterdam on 13 - 14 April.

For the first time our annual festival is taking place at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek - a new location chosen to offer a richer program with more exciting opportunities to discover the best of visual journalism and storytelling.

Expect a varied program including presentations, workshops and meetups. The festival features special guests speakers including award-winning visual journalists, and the renowned Sem Presser Lecture, supported by DuPho.

The flagship World Press Photo Exhibition 2018, displaying prize-winners’ work from the photo and digital storytelling contests, premiers at De Nieuwe Kerk during the festival before starting its world tour, giving festival ticket holders the chance to be among the very first to discover the exhibition.

The brand new Yearbook 2018 will be launched and available to buy for the first time at the festival site and De Nieuwe Kerk.

About World Press Photo Foundation

In 1955 a group of Dutch photographers organized an international contest (“World Press Photo”) to expose their work to a global audience. Since then the contest has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography competition, and through our successful worldwide exhibition program, presents the stories that matter to millions of people.

In the six decades the World Press Photo Foundation has been working from its home in Amsterdam as a creative, independent, nonprofit organization, the world has changed continuously, and new developments in the media and technology have transformed journalism and storytelling. Our mission has expanded, and we draw on our experience to guide visual journalists, storytellers, and audiences around the world through this challenging and exciting landscape.

We receive support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and are sponsored worldwide by Canon.

Visit our website to find out more


find out What the 2017 World Press Photo Festival was like

The World Press Photo Festival 2017 was held in Amsterdam on 20-22 April. It featured more than 30 presentations from award winning photographers and visual storytellers.

See what the festival was like and hear from visitors about their experiences in the video below.

Watch a selection of the presentations from last year's festival here