Gaia Squarci is one of the nominees for the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass. The event is run annually for the world’s most talented emerging visual journalists and is designed to support and enhance diversity in visual journalism and storytelling.
The nominating committee has recently expanded to improve both regional representation and gender diversity, which we will continue to work on in the future. There are an additional 37 professionals from across the globe that potential candidates may contact to be nominated. Nominators come from 74 different countries. Of all active nominators in the 2018 nomination procedure, 42% are women while 58% are men.
For the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass we received 219 nominations from 123 nominators, including the two runners-up from last year. The nominees come from 79 different countries from all six continents. Forty percent of all nominees are women and 60% are men. The largest number of nominations come from Iran (14), India (13), Russia (11), USA (11), Italy (9), Egypt (8), Bangladesh (8), Brazil (6), Germany (5), Norway (4), Ukraine (4), Ecuador (4), and Spain (4).
The final 12 participants will be announced during the World Press Photo Festival, taking place in Amsterdam 13-14 April.