© Foto Janiek Dam

World Press Photo 2018 opens on 14 April in De Nieuwe Kerk

The 60th World Press Photo of the Year is Venezuela Crisis by Ronaldo Schemidt.

The World Press Photo 2018 exhibition will open to the public on Saturday 14 April in De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam. It will be the premiere of the exhibition’s long world tour. The World Press Photo of the Year, the 60th since the contest began in 1955, is Venezuela Crisis by Ronaldo Schemidt. The photo was taken during a protest against President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela – an event that got out of hand.

The winning photo and over 160 other impressive press photos by 42 photographers from 22 countries will be on show in the exhibition, along with the winning entries of the Digital Storytelling Contest. All the annual winning entries since the beginning of the contest in 1955 can be seen together in a big overview section. World Press Photo 2018 is open daily in De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam from 10 am till 6 pm, from Saturday 14 April through Sunday 22 July 2018. It will be shut on 27 April, 3 and 4 May and open for shorter hours on 25 and 26 April and 5 May. For more details see: nieuwekerk.nl.

Dutch winners

This year two Dutch entries were awarded a first prize. In the Environment category, Kadir van Lohuizen won first prize with his Wasteland project. He took photos on a dump in Lagos, Nigeria, where over 3000 tonnes of waste are deposited every day. Thousands of people live there, searching for waste that can be reused. Carla Kogelman won first prize in the Long-Term Projects category for Ich Bin Waldviertel, in which she has documented the sisters Hannah and Alena every year since 2012 as they grow up in the little village of Merkenbrechts, Austria.


Venezuela Crisis © Ronaldo Schemidt
Venezuela Crisis © Ronaldo Schemidt
Ich Bin Waldviertel © Carla Kogelman
Ich Bin Waldviertel © Carla Kogelman
Wasteland © Kadir van Lohuizen
Wasteland © Kadir van Lohuizen

Digital Storytelling Contest

One of the winning entries of the Digital Storytelling Contest is Under a Cracked Sky, part of The Antarctica Series by The New York Times, four virtual-reality films about scientists in Antarctica. Digital technologies and the internet have radically changed the way stories are recorded and reach their audience. World Press Photo’s Digital Storytelling Contest rewards outstanding achievements of digital visual journalism. These are displayed on large screens and via touchscreens.


This year is the first time that the nominations for the photo contest, the four categories of the Digital Storytelling Contest and the big award, the Photo of the Year, were made known in advance. The winners were announced during the Award Show on Thursday 12 April. All the nominated entries will be on show in the exhibition.

Audio tour

This year, photographers and visual journalists will again be accompanying visitors behind the scenes and telling their personal stories about how they took their winning photos. The audio tour is included in the ticket price.

Note for editors:

All the images can be viewed at worldpressphoto.org. For details on how to obtain downloadable images, see under ‘Media center’. The images are intended for one-off publication in print or online (temporarily) and may only be used as illustrations for the World Press Photo Foundation and/or the World Press Photo Exhibition. We would like to receive a specimen copy of the publication. The images may not be sold or used for other purposes.

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