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From 19 January to 10 February 2019, the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 can be visited at the World Trade Center in Rotterdam. The exhibition displays the winners of the annual photo competition, which means the best photos in visual journalism of 2018.

Some of the images from the World Press Photo competition have become iconic: the naked girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam; the Buddhist monk setting himself on fire; the lonely demonstrator facing down a row of tanks on Tiananmen Square. Other photographs have established trends and set the standard for styles of press photography.

Talks & Events

During the exhibition we organize an interesting lecture each weekend by a well-known name from photography. Access to a lecture including access to the exhibition is € 8.-.

Opening 19 January 
The festive opening will take place on 19 January at 14:00 with a lecture by ANP director Bas van Beek and contributions from WTC Rotterdam, Fotovakschool and World Press Photo Foundation. The Rotterdam singer / songwriter WARD, winner of the Grand Prize of Rotterdam 2018, is performing. The public is most welcome at the opening with a special ticket, from 15:00 the exhibition is also open to regular visitors.

Collaboration with IFFR and Rotterdam Photo
On Saturday 26 January we present a talk in collaboration with International Film Festival Rotterdam with photographer, cameraman, cinematographer and director Khalik Allah. During his lecture Khalik shows fragments of his film Black Mother - shown at IFFR 2019 - and he talks about his work and inspiration. Rotterdam Photo organizes Rotterdam Photo Talks on Saturday 9 February, an evening full of presentations and Q & A's for photography enthusiasts. Speakers and audiences will search together for perspectives that shed new light on our contemporary image society.

Program lectures and events World Press Photo Rotterdam
Saturday 19 January | 14:00 | opening with a.o. Bas van Beek (ANP)
Sunday 20 January | 12:30 | Pim Ras (NL)
Saturday 26 January | 16:00 IFFR x WPPR: Khalik Allah (EN)
Sunday 27 January | 12:30 | Stacii Samidin (NL)
Saturday 2 February | 10:30 | Eline Benjaminsen (EN)
Sunday 3 February | 12:30 | Sheng-Wen Lo (EN)
Saturday 9 February | 20:00 Rotterdam Photo Talks with a.o. Bas Princen, Batuhan Keskiner, Marwan Bassiouni and Anjes Gesink. Moderated by Frits Gierstberg, curator of the Nederlands Fotomuseum. Location WTC Rotterdam, 23rd floor. (EN, 15 euro regular / 10 euro student)

Guided tours
In collaboration with Fotovakschool Rotterdam we offer guided tours on the following dates (participation free, register via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

Tuesday 22, Monday 28, Tuesday 29 January and Thursday 7 February from 11.00 to 12.00
Wednesday 30 January and Wednesday 6 February from 16:00 to 17:00 
Friday 25 January, Friday 1 and 8 February from 19:00 to 20:00


World Press Photo also offers an education package for primary and secondary schools called 'See the story'.

This package can be used for various school subjects such as social studies, history and creative classes. The package forms an ideal combination with a visit to the World Press Photo exhibition in Rotterdam and can be used to introduce pupils and students to the subject of journalism and press photography. It offers the opportunity to explore different aspects of visual communication.

The educational package covers a number of questions relating to the function of the press and the profession of a press photographer and photojournalist, including: "Why do we hear more about certain events, but less about others? And how are press photos taken? Who decides which photos are published? And what makes press freedom so important?”

We offer the following educational resources:

  • Teachers' manual 'See the story'. An educational module compiled by World Press Photo;
  • Workbooks for the students.

For more information, please contact projectc coordinator Marcel Kollen via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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