World Press Photo Launches Stories Of Change

World Press Photo is pleased to announce the launch of Stories of Change – Beyond the ‘Arab Spring’, a book and online presentation. Stories of Change offers a unique, intimate perspective on everyday life in five North African countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. The World Press Photo Academy ran a two-year training program for young photojournalists and multimedia makers from the region to support them in advancing their storytelling skills.

The book and the online experience
Stories of Change celebrates authenticity in visual storytelling. It offers us an intimate view into daily life in five North African countries—Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia—through the eyes of a group of photographers and videographers from the region, all alumni of the Reporting Change training program run by World Press Photo Academy through 2012 and 2014.

The Reporting Change workshops have generated two parallel productions, a book and an online collection of stories. The stories that emerged set out to challenge perceptions of the region that has rarely been out of the news, bringing insights to issues and to the lives of people that we might not otherwise have had. Stories of Change also contains a visual chronology of the most memorable moments of the ‘Arab Spring’, compiled from reports in the international media of events as they unfolded, as well as insights from local writers and (video) bloggers, who reflect on current events from an insider’s perspective. 

The book Stories of Change is available at bookstores and in World Press Photo’s online store in English and German http://www.worldpressphoto.org/store or http://www.schiltpublishing.com/publishing/all-authors/item/name/-470f4e6f26/

Introduction price until 30 June: €40.

The online production will, in addition to English, also soon be available in French and Arabic. storiesofchange.worldpressphoto.org

The Reporting Change workshops 
In February 2012, World Press Photo, together with Human Rights Watch, received a grant from the Dutch Postcode Lottery for a joint initiative called ‘Reporting Change’. Over the following two years, World Press Photo Academy ran a series of workshops in which photographers, multimedia makers and editors from the region worked together with internationally experienced trainers. The participants came from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, and had been selected from 259 applicants.

The overall aim of the workshops was twofold: to train a strong, professional, and more self-reliant visual journalism community, and to document and exhibit a local perspective on the changes taking place across North Africa. Participants were encouraged to develop their own story ideas - ones that grew out of their personal knowledge of the region that explored contemporary issues and reflected on lives in a time of revolution. 

About Reporting Change: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/reporting-change

Reporting Change is a joint program of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch. The project has been made possible by a grant from the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

Editors please note:

Stories of Change, the online production includes 29 stories (19 photography + 10 short linear multimedia stories), profiles and social media feeds from 28 participants of the reporting Change project as well as a visual chronology of the most memorable moments of the Arab Spring and the aftermath, including links to blogs and reflections by bloggers and social commentators. The website is designed by Vignette Interactive. 

Stories of Change, the book is designed by Kummer & Herrman, published in co-operation with Schilt Publishing, and distributed worldwide by Thames & Hudson and by Ingram (North America). The German edition is published by Till Schaap Editions, Switzerland. 

  • Title: Stories of Change - Beyond the ‘Arab Spring’
  • 20x24.5cm (portrait format), soft cover with banderole
  • 312 pages with over 200 photographs in full color
  • ISBN: 978 90 5330 823 3 (English edition) / ISBN: 978-3-03828-014-9 (German edition)
  • Introduction price until 30 June: €40. Price €45 / £37.50 / $60
  • Edited by Kari Lundelin and Rebecca Simons
  • Introduction by Petra Stienen
  • Picture editors: Magdalena Herrera and Jenny Smets
  • Designed by Kummer & Herrman

For sale online:
http://www.schiltpublishing.com/publishing/all-authors/item/name/-470f4e6f26/ and http://www.worldpressphoto.org/store 

Please contact Barbara Bufkens at press@worldpressphoto.org or tel: +31 (0)20 676 6096, for additional information. 

Posted June 16 2014

About World Press Photo

The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting visual journalism. Through one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling, an exhibition seen by more than four million people worldwide each year, and extensive research and training programs, we strive to inspire, engage, educate, and support both visual journalists and their global audience with fresh insights and new perspectives.

Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon. There are also a range of collaborations with the World Press Photo Associates, the Friends of World Press Photo, and other partners.