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World Press Photo Foundation

About World Press Photo Foundation

Stories that matter

The World Press Photo Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting photojournalism. They asked Emakina to create a user-friendly new website to support breathtaking visual storytelling and an archive of powerful images from across six decades.

World Press Photo showcases stories that make people stop, think, feel and act.This includes work from our Develop programs; in the new forms of the DigitalStorytelling Contest; as well as the visual journalism rewarded in the prestigious annual World Press Photo Contest.

Client World Press Photo
Agency Emakina.NL
Services Web building
Picture of officials in a hospital waiting room

The challenge

Since 1955, when a group of Dutch photographers organized an international contest(‘World Press Photo’) to expose their work to a global audience, the Foundation's mission has expanded and the annual World Press Photo Exhibition is seen by more than 5 millions people in 50 countries each year.

Its Develop programs, including the 6x6 Global Talent Program, the African Photo journalism Database, and the Joop Swart Masterclass, encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives.

Our solution

Emakina used a process of design and development sprints to create a concept website where the visual material is central. The website also makes space for text explaining the stories behind the photographs.

The technology

The vast archive was transferred on to a Kentico content management system and able to support high levels of traffic and search engine optimisation (SEO) ranking.

The results

The website launched in February 2019, in time for the announcement of the nominees of the annual World Press Photo Contest. The archive was successfully migrated, but the real test came in April when the winners were announced.

Simultaneously, 5.000 users hit the site to find out about the World Press Photo of the Year winner, John Moore, for his image of Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez crying as she and her mother were taken into custody by US border officials in McAllen, Texas, United States.

Today, the World Press Photo Foundation’s website provides a fast, stable and content-rich archive of visual journalism.