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About the festival

The next edition of the World Press Photo Festival will take place from 11 - 13 April 2019.

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

For the first time our annual festival was held 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.

The program included presentations, workshops and meetups. The festival featured 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, premiered 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 was also launched and available to buy for the first time at the festival site and De Nieuwe Kerk.

Watch a selection of our guest speakers' presentations given during the 2018 festival. 


About 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.

Visit our website to find out more