NonFiction Photo Festival 2020

The World Press Photo Exhibition is back in Groningen, but now in a new guise: the NonFiction Photo Festival 2020. From November 19th to December 6th, the festival will be held at the Synagoge Groningen. Experience top quality local and international visual stories in the heart of Groningen. Local photographers depict the story of the North, while the internationally acclaimed World Press Photo Exhibition zooms in on the rest of the world. The festival is open to the public daily. For those who want to know more, we offer a challenging Academy program. Come and enjoy the best visual journalism of the past year!

Text: Kim Dumoré

World Press Photo Exhibition 2020

This world famous photo exhibition features the best, most important picture stories from all over the world. Portraits, documentary series, news, nature and sports photos report on what is going on in the world. Protest and the role of youth in bringing about change is a major theme this year. All 150 award-winning images have been compiled into an impressive, international exhibition.

This year 73,996 photos were sent by 4283 photographers of 125 countries. In April, Yasuyoshi Chiba’s Straight Voice got elected as the World Press Photo of the Year 2020. The winning photograph shows a young man who, illuminated by mobile phones, carries out protest poems during a blackout in Khartoum, Soedan. Romain Laurendeau’s Kho, the Genesis of Revolt, is chosen as World Press Photo Story of the Year 2020. His photo series tells the story of the Algerian youth and how they managed to unleash the biggest Algerian protest movement in decennia.

Straight Voice by Yasuyoshi Chiba
Straight Voice by Yasuyoshi Chiba

Rise Up

What is going on in the North? What happened in a year of protesting for culture, nature, rights and tradition and what has it brought us? Northern photographers tell the story of citizens’ initiatives, protests and the people fighting for their ideals. 


Wheelchair accessible: yes

Child-friendly: under supervision


Opening hours:

Mon to Wed: 10am – 6pm

Thu and Fri: 10am – 9pm

Sat 28 Nov and Dec 5: 10am – 6pm

Sat 21 Nov: 14pm – 16pm

Sun: 10am – 6pm



€ 8.00 Regular Monday to Friday

€ 9.00 Regular Saturday and Sunday

€ 5.00 Reduction (student (MBO / HBO / WO), under 18 years and ticket deals)

€ 1.00 City pass holders

€ 1.00 Children 6 to 11 years old

€ 0.00 Children under 6 years

Visitors during the exhibition by Tessa Runau
Visitors during the exhibition by Tessa Runau

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