The World Press Photo archive

The World Press Photo archive

World Press Photo of the Year 2005. The fingers of malnourished one-year-old Alassa Galisou are pressed against the lips of his mother Fatou Ousseini at an emergency feeding clinic in the town of Tahoua in northwestern Niger, August 1, 2005. © Finbarr O'Reilly

For over fifty years the World Press Photo contest has captured images of our times. Our archive of winning photos is not only a record of more than half a century of human history, but a showcase of successive styles in photography and reportage.

The archive gallery comprises some 10,000 images. It includes photos that have become icons, by some of the leading names in the profession. World Press Photo has put them online with the aim of sharing our knowledge, resources and experience with the widest possible network.

The archive site was made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Foundation and VSB Foundation.

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Learn about the World Press Photo Contest, its history and the setup.