Program

Scroll down to discover the program*, or click on a session:

*Please note, the program's content and timings are subject to change.

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FRIDAY 13 APRIL - MORNING (10:00 - 13:00)

 

Presentation | Carla Kogelman

Friday 13 April | 10:10 | Machinegebouw

Two-time World Press Photo contest winner Carla Kogelman will present her 2018 nominated long-term project, 'Ich bin waldviertel' along with her series 'Pool' and 'Past Delight'.

In her work, Carla captures the daily life of people, especially children. Being around the same people for a long time, she becomes invisible, allowing her insight into the lives of her subjects and reaching the real story behind what is observed superficially.

 

Presentation | 'From Janet with Love'

Friday 13 April | 10:10 | Zuiveringshal

Writer and director Helene Klodawsky, photographer Rita Leistner, and Janet Haydock - the film's protagonist - will share the stories behind their collaboration in the making of 'From Janet with Love', nominated in the Innovative Storytelling category of the 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest. 

In 'From Janet with Love', the daughter of a Filipino pen-pal bride explores her mother’s life as an immigrant care worker and DIY philanthropist.

 

 

Presentation | 'I have a message for you'

Friday 13 April | 10:25 | Machinegebouw

Documentary filmmaker Matan Rochlitz presents 'I Have a Message for You', nominated in the Long Form category of this year's Digital Storytelling Contest. 

On the morning of April 4th, 1943, a young woman finds herself on a train. 'I Have a Message for You' is the story of how a decision she made that day saved her life but left her with a huge burden on her conscience. But in an almost unimaginable twist of fate, the final chapter to this story was to be written only 20 years later, by a chance encounter with a stranger.

 

Presentation and panel discussion | 'Duterte's Hell'

Friday 13 April | 10:25 | Zuiveringshal

Luis Liwanag, freelance video and photojournalist and co-director of 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest nominated production, ‘Duterte’s Hell’ (Short form category), will present the film along with the work by other photographers from The Philippines.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion about the photographers covering the Philippines' 'war on drugs' with Eloisa Lopez (see below). 

 
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Presentation and panel discussion | Eloisa Lopez

Friday 13 April | 10:25 | Zuiveringshal

Eloisa Lopez, correspondent for Manila-based news outlet, Rappler, and a freelance photographer and journalist covers crime, human rights, and women and children issues. 

Eloisa will present her current work on children affected by The Philippines' 'war on drugs', as well as talking about the group of photographers covering the story, dubbed 'the nightcrawlers' by some publications, followed by a panel discussion with Luis Liwanag (see above). 

 

Presentation and panel discussion | Francesco Pistilli

Friday 13 April | 10:40 | Machinegebouw

Photojournalist and videographer Francesco Pistilli will present images from his 2018 Photo Contest nominated series, 'Lives in Limbo', followed by a discussion about the refugee crisis along with Francesca Trianni and David Kofahl (see below). 

 

Presentation and panel discussion | 'Finding Home'

Friday 13 April | 10:40 | Machinegebouw

TIME video journalist Francesca Trianni and senior engineer David Kofahl  present 'Finding Home', nominated in the Innovative Storytelling category of the 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest, followed by a discussion about the refugee crisis along with Francesco Pistilli (see above).  

In 2016, TIME began telling the story of newborn baby Heln and her family, who are Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Europe. In this powerful interactive, Heln's mother Taimaa tells of the frustrations of waiting for asylum, the quiet moments of new motherhood, and the lonely struggle to fit in in a new land, through a series of text messages with Francesca Trianni.

 

Presentation and panel discussion | PATRICK BROWN

Friday 13 April | 12.00 | Machinegebouw

Patrick Brown will present 'Rohingya Crisis', nominated for both Photo of the Year and in the General News singles category in the 2018 World Press Photo Contest. His presentation will be followed by a discussion with other visual storytellers who have covered the crisis. 

 

Presentation | Stephen McCarthy

Friday 13 April | 12:00 | Zuiveringshal

Stephen McCarthy will talk about photographing Gaelic games, including his 2018 Photo Contest nominated image, 'Steaming Scrum', gaelic football and hurling.  

 

 

Presentation | Erik Sampers

Friday 13 April | 12:15 | Zuiveringshal

Erik Sampers will present his 2018 Photo Contest nominated work, 'Marathon des Sables', as well as a project about the lives of two Chinese men - Haixia Jia who has lost his vision, and Jia Wenqi his arm -  who have dedicated their lives to transforming an island that was once pebbled wasteland into a green paradise, working together to grow trees.    

 

Presentation | Oliver Scarff

Friday 13 April | 12:30 | Zuiveringshal

Oliver Scarff will present his 2018 Photo Contest nominated work, 'Royal Shrovetide Football' along side his other images of this historic annual event taken in previous years.  

He will also discuss his transition as a photographer working on purely news coverage, to incorporating sports photography into his remit, and the steep learning curve he encountered when he began covering major sporting events. 

 

 

Presentation | Alain Schroeder

Friday 13 April | 12:45 | Zuiveringshal

In 2012, photographer Alain Schroeder sold his shares in his photo agency along with his house, packed his bags and embarked on a trip around the world shooting stories that interest him. Alain will present two of these stories, including ‘Kid Jockeys’, his 2018 Photo Contest nominated work, and ‘Kushti’, a series about a traditional form of Indian wrestling practiced in Akhara.

 

Screening | 'Visages Villages'

Friday 13 April | 13:00 | Het Ketelhuis

'Visages Villages' is a documentary road movie by and about director Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. as they journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directed by Agnès Varda and JR. Duration: 90 minutes. French with English subtitles.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a special selection of films at Het Ketelhuis during the World Press Photo Festival. Please note, spaces are limited and attendance at the screenings is on a first-come-first-served basis.

'Visages Villages' will be screened again on Saturday 14 April at 21:00.

 
 

FRIDAY 13 APRIL - AFTERNOON (15:00 - 18:00)

 

Presentation | Richard Tsong-Taatarii

Friday 13 April | 15:00 | Machinegebouw

Richard Tsong-Taatarii will present his 2018 Photo Contest nominated image 'Not my Verdict' in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement in Minnesota.

Through his documentary photography work, Tsong-Taatarii has been bringing attention to the joys and tribulations of Minnesotans as a staff photographer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper for the past 18 years.

 

Presentation | Alessio Mamo

Friday 13 April | 15:00 | Zuiveringshal

Alessio Mamo will present his 2018 Photo Contest nominated photography, 'Manal, War Portraits', along with other work on this theme.

In 2008, Alessio began his career in photojournalism focusing on contemporary social, political and economic issues. He extensively covers issues related to refugee displacement and migration starting in Sicily, and extending most recently to the Middle East.

 

Presentation | Espen Rasmussen

Friday 13 April | 15:15 | Machinegebouw

Espen Rasmussen will present his 2018 Photo Contest nominated series, 'White Rage - USA', along side his one-year project 'White Rage - Europe' on the rise of the far right movements in 16 European countries.

 

Presentation | Ivor Prickett

Friday 13 April | 15:15 | Zuiveringshal

Ivor Prickett will discuss his series 'The Battle For Mosul', nominated for both Photo of the Year and in the General News stories category in the 2018 World Press Photo Contest. 

 

Presentation | Ryan Kelly

Friday 13 April | 15:30 | Machinegebouw

Ryan Kelly presents his 2018 Photo Contest nominated work, 'Car Attack' (Spot News category) discussing the lead up to the Charlottesville attack, and his experience covering the story. 

 
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PRESENTATION | Eliot Higgins

Friday 13 April | 15:30 | Zuiveringshal

Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat, an organization which specializes in the application of open source investigation techniques to a range of topics, from corruption to conflict, known most famously for its work on the downing of MH17 in Ukraine in 2014, and the conflict in Syria. 

In his featured presentation, Eliot will examine the methods used by Bellingcat to verify images, and how that allows the team to investigate a range of incidents, from Russian bombing campaigns to tracking down missing persons.

 

Presentation and discussion | David Becker

Friday 13 April | 15:45 | Machinegebouw

David Becker will present his 2018 Photo Contest nominated work, 'Massacre in Las Vegas', his series covering the massacre  at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas in October 2017, followed by a discussion on the same topic with producer, Malachy Browne (see below). 

 

 

Presentation and discussion | '10 Minutes. 12 Gunfire Bursts. 30 Videos. Mapping the Las Vegas Massacre'

Friday 13 April | 15:45 | Machinegebouw

Senior story producer at The New York Times Malachy Browne will present '10 Minutes. 12 Gunfire Bursts. 30 Videos. Mapping the Las Vegas Massacre', nominated in the Long Form category in this year's Digital Storytelling Contest. 

Malachy will talk about the innovative reporting techniques employed to create the most complete picture to date of the worst mass shooting in modern American history, followed by a discussion on the subject with photographer David Becker (see above).

 

PRESENTATION | Pete SOUZA

Friday 13 April | 16:45 | Zuiveringshal  

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. For his featured presentation, Pete Souza will elaborate on his time at the White House next to the president, capturing it all—nearly 2 million photographs in total. His recently published Obama: An Intimate Portrait will serve as the basis for the presentation, sharing with the audience the poignant behind-the-scenes stories that accompany the photographs. 

Pete Souza will be signing copies of Obama: An Intimate Portrait at the festival's PhotoQ Bookshop after his presentation. 

 
 

FRIDAY 13 APRIL - EVENING (20:00 - 23:00)

 

Canon Opening Night | World Press Photo Exhibition 2018

Friday 13 April | 20:00-23:00 | De Nieuwe Kerk

This is the exclusive opening of the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 in De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, hosted by Canon.

The flagship World Press Photo Exhibition 2018, displaying prize-winners’ work from the photo and digital storytelling contests, along with the winner of the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, premieres at De Nieuwe Kerk during the festival before starting its world tour. 

Two-day and Friday wristbands grant access to the Canon Opening Night, giving festival ticket holders the chance to be among the very first to discover the exhibition.

 

SCREENING | 'Control'

Friday 13 April | 21:00 | Het Ketelhuis

'Control' is a profile of Ian Curtis, Joy Division's mysterious singer whose personal, professional and romantic problems lead to his suicide at the age of 23.

Directed by Anton Corbijn. Duration: 119 minutes. English.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a special selection of films at Het Ketelhuis during the World Press Photo Festival. Please note, spaces are limited and attendance at the screenings is on a first-come-first-served basis.

 
 

SATURDAY 14 APRIL - MORNING (10:00 - 13:00)

 
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MEETUP | women in photography

Saturday 14 April | 10:00 - 12:00

Together with Féminin Pluriel Amsterdam and the International Women’s Media Foundation, the World Press Photo Foundation will host an informal get together for women, providing an opportunity to strengthen networks and exchange thoughts and experiences across professional communities.

The event will begin with a Q&A with female award nominees from the World Press Photo 2018 contests, and the IWMF Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award.

This event has limited capacity, and has been fully booked. 

 

Presentation | Giulio Di Sturco

Saturday 14 April | 10:10 | Machinegebouw

Giulio Di Sturco presents his 2018 Photo Contest nominated work, 'More Than A Woman', along with another series of his work, 'Sophia'.  

Much of Di Sturco's personal work focuses on human adversity in climates of environmental and technological evolution.

 

Presentation | The Washington Post team on Puerto Rico

Saturday 14 April | 10:10 | Westergastheater

The Washington Post's Seth Blanchard, Arelis Hernández and Whitney Leaming, members of the team behind 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest nominated production, 'Sin Luz: Life Without Power' (Immersive Storytelling category) will present their work in Puerto Rico. 

'Sin Luz: Life without Power' is an immersive video interactive that tells the story of Puerto Rico’s apagón, or “super blackout,” the longest and largest major power outage in modern U.S. history. 

 

Presentation | The March of the Great White Bear

Saturday 14 April | 10:25 | Machinegebouw

Visual storyteller Sheng-Wen Lo will present his 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest nominated production, ‘The March of the Great White Bear’.

The short film is part of his project ‘White Bear’, which explores the dilemma concerning captive animal programs by focusing on polar bears on display worldwide.

 

Presentation and panel discussion | Ronaldo Schemidt

Saturday 14 April | 10:25 | Westergastheater

Ronaldo Schemidt will present his work, 'Venezuela Crisis', nominated both in the Photo of the Year and Spot News singles categories, followed by a panel discussion on the current situation in Venezuela with Juan Barreto (see below).

 

Presentation and panel discussion | Juan Barreto

Saturday 14 April | 10:25 | Westergastheater

Juan Barreto will present his 2018 Photo Contest nominated story, 'Demonstrator Catches Fire' (Spot News stories) followed by a panel discussion on the current situation in Venezuela with Ronaldo Schemidt (see above).

 

Presentation | Kadir van Lohuizen

Saturday 14 April | 10:40 | Machinegebouw

Kadir van Lohuizen will present his 2018 Photo Contest nominated work, 'Wasteland' (Environment category) in which he explores how six mega cities manage, or mismanage, their waste. 

 

guided tour | World press photo exhibition 2018

Saturday 14 April | 11:00 | De Nieuwe Kerk

Be among the first to visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 in Amsterdam’s historic De Nieuwe Kerk. Hear about the stories behind the award-winning images in an exclusive guided tour by a World Press Photo curator.

Please note there is a maximum capacity of 30 people. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. You can register for the tour at the registration desk in De Nieuwe Kerk on the morning of the tour. The guided tour is only available to people with a two-day or Saturday one-day festival pass.

 
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Presentation | Magnum Chronicles

Saturday 14 April | 11:30 | Machinegebouw

Magnum's director of special projects, Francesca Sears, will present Magnum Chronicles, a newspaper series which provides a new vehicle for exploring key issues of our modern times, giving Magnum and its photographers a way to elevate their voice and experience as long standing chronicles of the world within the realm of wider public debates.

Each newspaper will be curated by a different Magnum photographer. Peter van Agtmael, the curator of the first edition in the series, will discuss the content of ‘A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS’ which includes an essay and timeline by Peter Harling.

Photographers Tanya Habjouqa (NOOR) and Omar Imam will also present their work, focusing on innovative ways to tell stories from the Middle East.

 

Presentation | Ami Vitale

Saturday 14 April | 11:30 | Westergastheater

Five-time World Press Photo contest award winner, Ami Vitale presents 'Finding Stories that Connect Us'. She will speak about her work covering the conflict in Kashmir, as well as her latest World Press Photo award-winning series, 'Pandas Gone Wild' and this year's nominated story, 'Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them'. 

 

Presentation | Luca Locatelli 

Saturday 14 April | 12:00 | Westergastheater

Luca Locatelli will present his 2018 Photo Contest nominated series, 'Hunger Solutions' (Environment, stories category).

Luca's work focuses on stories that document how people, science, and technology impact and change the world around us. He is currently working on stories about energy production and climate change, solutions for famine, sustainable innovation in cities and altered landscapes as consequences of our actions. 

 

Presentation and discussion | FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo

Saturday 14 April | 12:15 | Machinegebouw

Svetlana Bachevanova, founder and publisher of FotoEvidence Press, will present 'Standing Strong' on behalf of Josué Rivas, the winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The book departs from classic reportage, as Rivas seeks to evoke a spiritual awakening he experienced photographing the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock.

Danielle Villasana, 2018 Book Award finalist, will present her project, 'A Light Inside'. She will discuss the issues of ethics and trust she faced creating her intimate reflection on the life of trans women in Peru and the role of photojournalists in activism.

Marcus Bleasdale, 2015 FotoEvidence Book Award winner and a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world will present his award-winning project, 'The Unravelling: Central African Republic', and discuss the role of photojournalists in documenting human rights violations to contribute to accountability for those who commit atrocities.

After the presentation Marcus Bleasdale will sign his book at the PhotoQ Book Shop.

 

Presentation | Jasper Doest

Saturday 14 April | 12:15 | Westergastheater

2018 Photo Contest nominee Jasper Doest will share his series ‘Sacred No More’, and the story behind this work, which questions our relationship with wild animals. After revisiting a specific troop of Japanese macaques for  over 11 years, Jasper started to zoom out and see the challenges humans and macaques face, living together in modern day society.

 

Presentation | Thomas P. Peschak

Saturday 14 April | 12:30 | Westergasfabriek

Four-time 2018 Photo Contest nominee and two-time previous winner, Thomas P. Peschak will present his work revealing the fragile lives of marine iguanas, giant tortoises, penguins and albatrosses, and shine a light on the horrific realities of “zombie” mice and vampire finches.

Thomas uses science and photography as partners in crime to weave conservation narratives to make a measurable difference.

 

SCREENING | 'Instant Dreams

Saturday 14 April | 13:00 | Het Ketelhuis

'Instant Dreams' tells the story of a group of scientists who are trying to unravel the chemical formula of Polaroid and the Polaroid-users that eagerly await its rebirth. Each in their own way tries to keeps their instant dream alive.

Directed by Willem Baptist. Duration: 90 minutes. Dutch with English subtitles.  

Ticket holders are invited to attend a special selection of films at Het Ketelhuis during the World Press Photo Festival. Please note, spaces are limited and attendance at the screenings is on a first-come-first-served basis.

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SATURDAY 14 APRIL - AFTERNOON (15:00 - 18:00)

 
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Workshop | Female Photographer Safety

Saturday 14 April | 15:00 - 17:00 | Machinegebouw

ROAR! Safety will hold a workshop designed for female photographers covering personal safety, situational awareness, pre-assignment planning, sexual violence - its affect on us and how to support others, self defense and more.

The session will be held by Alison Baskerville, a freelance photographer and qualified hostile environment and safety adviser.

This event has limited capacity, and has been fully booked. 

 

Presentation | Adam Ferguson

Saturday 14 April | 15:00 | Westergastheater

Adam Ferguson presents his 2018 Photo Contest nominated work 'Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived'.

 

Presentation | Anna Boyiazis

Saturday 14 April | 15:15 | Westergastheater

Anna Boyiazis presents her 2018 Photo Contest nominated work, 'Finding Freedom in the Water', a story about the Panje Project (panje translates as ‘big fish’), which provides opportunities for women and girls in northern Zanzibar to learn swimming skills in full-length swimsuits, so that they can enter the water without compromising their cultural or religious beliefs.

Anna's areas of focus include human rights, public health, and women's issues. Through her work she aims to elicit compassion and bring our shared humanity to the fore.

 

Presentation | Heba Khamis

Saturday 14 April | 15:30 | Westergastheater

Heba Khamis will present her nominated work, 'Banned Beauty', a series which looks at the traditional practice in Cameroon of breast ironing which is carried out by families in the belief that it will delay maturity and help prevent sexual violence against girls.

Khamis is an Egyptian storyteller whose work concentrates on social issues that are sometimes ignored.

 
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Presentation and panel discussion | Angela Jimu and Maheder Haileselassie

Saturday 14 April | 15:45 | Westergastheater

Photographers Maheder Haileselassie (Centre for Photography Ethiopia) and Angela Jimu (Zimbabwean Association of Female Photographers) present their work and their inspiring journeys towards building local capacity and offering visual journalism education in their respective countries. 

A panel discussion will follow, in which Maheder and Angela will discuss their motivations, challenges and successes as well as potential concrete solutions to better educate, promote and elevate the voices of young emerging talents in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

 

sem presser lecture, supported by dupho | stephanie sinclair

Saturday 14 April | 17:00 | Westergastheater

Stephanie Sinclair, a World Press Photo and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. Through her work, Stephanie portrays the lives of vulnerable girls subjected to practices such as child marriage, genital mutilation and acid attacks.

Stephanie will present this year's Sem Presser Lecture on her ongoing 15-year series, “Too Young to Wed”.

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SATURDAY 14 APRIL - EVENING (18:00 - 21:00)

 

Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Awards, presented by IWMF

Saturday 14 April | Reception 18:00, doors open for the ceremony at 19:00 | Westergastheater

Festival two-day and Saturday ticket holders are invited to attend IWMF's Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Awards ceremony. The Awards recognize three journalists whose work, like Niedringhaus's, inspires action and helps us better understand the world. Join us for this special event taking place at Westergastheater on the evening of Saturday 14 April. 

There is limited capacity for this event - ticket holders are invited to sign up by emailing development@iwmf.org

 

SCREENING | 'VISAGES VILLAGES'

Saturday 14 April | 21:00 | Het Ketelhuis

'Visages Villages' is a documentary road movie by and about director Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. as they journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directed by Agnès Varda and JR. Duration: 90 minutes. French with English subtitles.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a special selection of films at Het Ketelhuis during the World Press Photo Festival. Please note, spaces are limited and attendance at the screenings is on a first-come-first-served basis.