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Ukrainian photographer Sergiy Korovainy took part in a master class by World Press Photo

Photo by World Press Photo

The Joop Swart Master Class is World Press Photo's most renowned educational program for emerging photographers in documentary photography, photojournalism and visual storytelling. The Joop Swart program encourages authors to embody new and diverse approaches to photography.

"The Joop Swart Masterclass is returning in an updated format after a three-year break. Keeping in line with the main goal of developing and guiding photographers with 5-10 years of experience, special emphasis will be placed on building skills for a long and sustainable career in photojournalism, documentary photography, etc.", - World Press Photo reports.

Among the participants of the 2024 workshop is Serhiy Korovainy, a photographer from Ukraine and member of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers. His projects focus on covering military conflicts, environmental issues, refugees, and healthcare. He is currently focused on documenting the Russian-Ukrainian war.

A man fishes near the Azovstal plant, where the Kalmius River flows into the Sea of Azov, on March 22, 2021. In a year's time, the Azovstal plant will become one of the last strongholds of the Ukrainian army and civilians in Russian-encircled Mariupol. Photo by Serhiy Korovainyi

"I watched with fear as my homeland was completely caught up in the horrors of war. I am determined to continue documenting what is left of Donbas. The project is against time as the Russian army advances and destroys cities and lives. I want to spend more time with ordinary people in Donbas who are caught up in the war and tell their stories to show the true extent of the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is not an easy task, as it requires researching the complexity of the topic, traveling to the war zone with proper equipment and support, and dealing with trauma. But as a Donbas photographer with experience in the war zone, I am well prepared for this mission," says the photographer.

Serhiy Korovainyi was invited to the workshop by Kateryna Radchenko, founder of the international contemporary photography festival Odesa Photo Days, who in 2023 headed the European jury of World Press Photo and was a member of the global jury of the competition.

The photographer admits that he managed to get into the workshop on the second attempt: "It's simple, this year my application was stronger. This is a super valuable experience! I am incredibly happy and excited to have the opportunity to study with international colleagues. In addition, I am glad that I will be able to bring this experience to Ukraine later."

The Joop Swart 2024 master class program will consist of three components:

  • online mentoring from mid-June to mid-October. Participants will work on their projects, receive feedback from their mentors, and take part in thematic online presentations;

  • a week of workshops from October 27 to November 2. The group will gather in Amsterdam for an intensive week of workshops, talks and presentations;

  • post-workshop presentations in the participants' regions from November to December.


A total of 12 photographers will take part in the program: representatives of Palestine, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Colombia, Myanmar, India and Canada. All of them were selected by an independent selection committee from among 200 nominees. The participants will work on their projects under the guidance of four mentors, whose names will be announced soon.


Sergiy Korovainy is a photojournalist and portrait photographer. He collaborates with international publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian, Financial Times, and others. He shoots his documentary projects focusing on the Russian-Ukrainian war, ecology, and various aspects of Ukrainian modernity. He studied in the United States at the Master's Program in Visual Storytelling as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2018, he joined The Gate, a leading Ukrainian photo agency. Sergiy's work has been exhibited at numerous solo and group exhibitions in Ukraine, the US and the EU.

The photographer's social networks: Instagram and Facebook


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