Dozens of the photographers who won in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest got their first chance to see their work exhibited as it hung in the splendour of the Oude Kerk – the oldest monument in the city of Amsterdam – during the Canon sponsored ‘prize winners dinner' on the evening of Friday 6 May 2011.
Addressing the assembled throng of winning photographers, and luminaries from the professional photography industry, World Press Photo Managing Director Michiel Munneke commented: “The exhibition will travel to around 95 different cities and will reach out to approximately two and a half million people. One of our main goals is to get your work to reach as many people as possible.”
Munneke also noted: “I am very pleased the longest lasting partner we have is Canon. We are very proud to have had this partnership for almost 20 years.”
The evening also saw the announcement of the 12 photographers who had been selected from among 175 candidates from 62 countries by an independent selection committee for the 2011 Joop Swart Masterclass. The Joop Swart Masterclass is a six-day meeting in which participating young photographers interact with six prominent experts to discuss technical, journalistic and ethical aspects of their photographic work.
The selection committee was comprised of Monica Allende (Picture Editor, Sunday Times Magazine), freelance photographer Lu Guang, David Alan Harvey (Magnum Photos), Meaghan Looram (Deputy Picture Editor, The New York Times), and Aidan Sullivan (Vice President Photo Assignments, Getty Images).
They chose the following 12 photographers for the masterclass: Eunice Adorno (Mexico), Antonio Bolfo (USA), Kitra Cahana (Canada), Alinka Echeverria (Mexico/UK), Alessandro Imbriaco (Italy), Jakub Kaminski (Poland), Sebastian Liste Vicario (Spain), Leo Maguire (UK), Ivor Prickett (Ireland), Mohammed Salem (Palestinian Territories), Dimitri Stefanov (Bulgaria) and Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Sweden/UK).
Following the announcement of the Joop Swart Masterclass Kieran Magee, Professional Photo Marketing Director, Canon Europe spoke, and told the audience: “For us it's [the relationship with World Press Photo] one of the most important parts of our professional activities, particularly for professional photographers but also for photojournalists where we think there's a strong ethical reason to work in this area. I'm completely amazed by the quality of the work; the stunning, important stories that are being told and the photography, which is just exceptional.”
Magee also pointed out that Canon's printer group had prepared a little treat for every winning photographer, with a customised version of the World Press Photo Yearbook featuring one of their images on the cover and these were eagerly received throughout the evening.
The exhibition of prize-winning World Press Photo photography will be showing at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam until 19 June 2011 and it will subsequently visit almost 100 locations around the world.
* World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.