World Press Photo launches new website

Today World Press Photo has launched a new website as a step forward in its strategy to invest in online initiatives to fulfill its mission. Under the motto: 'We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism', the new site is designed to showcase the award-winning photography in a wider context than before, and also to provide a platform for educational resources and publishing activities under the new Academy section.

Managing director Michiel Munneke said, “The new website enables World Press Photo to expand on its mission to advance and support photojournalism and to promote the free exchange of information. Through this website, we hope to engage photographers more strongly and serve new audiences around the world.”

In the Gallery section, prize-winning photography takes center stage with a detailed context page for each image, which includes information such as caption information in six languages, a map showing the location where the photograph was taken, technical information, related links, interviews with the photographer and more. The galleries also provide access to the photographer profile pages, which is intended to grow into a network resource.

The website also presents more opportunity for visitors to actively engage with the content through features such as a library of embeddable videos of talks and lectures as part of the expanding Academy initiatives for advancing and supporting photojournalism and photojournalists in their work. In the Events section, there is also expanded exhibition information and campaign tools for exhibitions such as banners and eCard invitations.

The launch of the new website represents the first stage of development and World Press Photo will continue to expand the resources available online. For the new website, World Press Photo extended its long-lasting partnership with MediaCatalyst, cooperating in strategy, design, project- and technical management. The website was built by One Agency, a Belgian agency home to one of the leading Drupal teams.

World Press Photo is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism worldwide. We strive to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and for the free exchange of information. Our activities include organizing an annual contest, exhibitions, the stimulation of photojournalism through educational programs, and creating greater visibility for press photography through a variety of publications.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.

About World Press Photo

World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.

For further information, please contact:

The press department at World Press Photo, or tel. +31(0)20 676 6096.

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