Joumana El Zein Khoury

AI, fake news and the importance of bona fide, accredited photo journalists.

Online Zoom event

September 14, 4pm BST

Joumana El Zein Khoury, World Press Photo

Register for this online Zoom event: September 14, 4pm BST

World Press Photo: News photographers as witnesses to truth

In this month’s ‘With The Team’ event,  Joumana El Zein Khoury joins us to talk about the mission of World Press Photo and the importance of news photographers as witnesses to truth; connecting the world to stories that matter.

As AI, fake news, ‘alternative truths’ and manipulative propaganda is fed to global audiences, so the importance of on-the-spot bona fide, accredited photo journalists to record events as they happen becomes ever greater.

In an always-on era of video content, still photographic images retain the power to move, shock, engage and motivate.

The purveyors of fake news recognise this and, as a result, news photographers and journalists are under daily risk of attack. Ukraine is a particularly hazardous environment for journalists, but there are other regions in the world where safety and media neutrality are by no means guaranteed.

World Press Photo: Connecting the world to the stories that matter.

Joumana El Zein Khoury is the executive director of the World Press Photo Foundation, with over 15 years of experience in international cultural exchange, developing programs and fostering new talent.

She has also worked with organisations including the Arab Image Foundation and the Baalbeck Festival. She is based in the Netherlands.

For six decades, the World Press Photo Foundation has been working as an independent, nonprofit organisation.

In that time, the world has continued to change, with developments in both technology and the media transforming journalism and storytelling.

The mission of World Press Photo continues to expand, helping to guide visual journalists, storytellers, and audiences around the world through this challenging and exciting landscape.

Today, in the midst of fake news and misinformation, manipulative propaganda and the power of AI, there’s an increased focus on determining which photo stories are real, and which cannot be trusted.

Annual World Press Photo Contest

The annual World Press Photo Contest recognises and celebrates the best photojournalism and documentary photography produced each year.

Recent winners have had real impact, with contest entries responsible for influencing changes in government policy and even the opening of peace corridors.

Register for this online Zoom event: September 14, 4pm BST