The Free Press Auction raised the amazing amount of 10,305 euros!

End result of the Free Press Auction: 10,305 euros

Form 23 November until 5 December Free Press Unlimited held an online auction for press freedom with specially selected works by internationally renowned press photographers. Works of Ad van Denderen, Bert Verhoeff and Marielle van Uitert among others, were auctioned off with signature. Yesterday the auction closed, and the total amount of 10,305 euros was raised for press freedom.

The Free Press Auction was organised in the support of press freedom and safety of journalists worldwide. By bidding on and buying the beautiful and signed images, made in countries where Free Press Unlimited works, people could contribute to a good cause.

Everyone has the right to access independent, reliable and relevant information. Free Press Unlimited is active worldwide to make this possible. Fro this, freedom of the press and the safety of journalists are indispensable. That is why Free Press Unlimited supports local media professionals and journalists to do their work safely.

Online auction through Catawiki

The online auction was made possible by Catawiki, the online auction site for special objects in Europe. Curious what works were auctioned and for how much? You can still see the collection here.

Participating photographers were

  • Marielle van Uitert: multiple winner of a Zilveren Camera and nominated for the Sony World Photography Awards
  • Bert Verhoeff: winner of a Zilveren Camera and named photojournalist of the year
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien: multiple winner of a Zilveren Camera and Photographer Laureate 2013
  • Petterik Wiggers: winner of a Zilveren Camera and living and working in Addis Ababa for more than 20 years and has been published in, among others, Time, The New York Times and The Guardian
  • Teun Voeten: multiple winner of a Zilveren Camera and known for his disappearance in Sierra Leone
  • Ad van Denderen: multiple winner of a Zilveren Camera and winner of the Dick Scherpenzeel Press Prize. Exhibited in and purchased by museums worldwide
  • Sanne Derks: winner of a Zilveren Camera and chosen as one of the participants of the Visa Pour l'Image photo festival
  • Ton Toemen: working as a press photographer since 1993 and frequently published in Dutch and international newspapers and magazines
  • Paul Teixeira: working as a press photographer since 1980 and frequently published in Dutch and international newspapers and magazines
  • Soraya Ebrahimi: Iranian-Dutch photographer. She portrays untold stories through her photographs. Stories that often contradict stereotypes in the Dutch multicultural society
  • Ton Koene: photographer, illustrator and filmmaker. Winner of a Silver Camera and World Press Award
  • Jet Budelman: working as a photojournalist since 1994 with a focus on socio-political topics. Frequently published in Dutch and international newspapers and magazines
  • Eric Brinkhorst: more than 30 years working as a photojournalist, specialized in photos taken with a drone.
  • Paul Enkelaar: documentary maker, photographer and cameraman. Made films for Free Press Unlimited in Turkey, Peru, Bangladesh, Brazil, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine
  • Popel Coumou: Artist-photographer, plays with the most important elements of photography in her work: light, paper and the perception of reality. Exhibited in the Photo Museum The Hague
  • Sander Stoepker: has a preference for portraits and reports. In 2011 he made the series Hoofdboek: about 1 woman, 100 headscarves
  • Joost Bastmeijer: award-winning photojournalist and Africa correspondent. From Nairobi, Kenya, he works for Dutch and international media.

The photo that received the highest bid was a work from Eric Brinkhorst, called: "Ice skaters in Dutch winter", which was sold for 1,000 euros. Other popular works were an untitled work from Popel Coumou (700 euros), "Jazz musician Chet Baker during concert in Amsterdam" from Paul Teixeira (650 euros), and "Children at play" from Petterik Wiggers (610 euros). A total of 40 works of press photographers were auctioned.

Photo "Children at play" by Petterik Wiggers
Photo "Children at play" by Petterik Wiggers.


Photo "Ice skaters in Dutch winter" by Eric Brinkhorst
Photo "Ice skaters in Dutch winter" by Eric Brinkhorst.

Thank you for your support!

We would like to thank everyone who has supported this auction with their buying, bidding, liking or sharing, and by doing so have supported press freedom and the safety of journalists. We also would very much like to thank Catawiki and the photographers for their support and participation.

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