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World Press Photo Contest Archive

October 1 is the date we kick off our new online archive, a major educational resource for the global photographic community in the widest sense and for everyone else who is interested in photojournalism. Our aim is to provide a showcase that will promote top photography and its authors. Covering over 50 years of award-winning images, the archive features around 10,000 photographs, each of which has been carefully scanned and labeled. We are proud to share our knowledge, resources and experience in this way.

Our new archive has been designed to be as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. Going all the way back to 1955, it includes every year’s prize-winners in chronological order. It’s up to the users to decide whether they’d like to see an overview of the awarded material of a particular year, or a breakdown by the category in which it was registered. In addition, images may be accessed through an alphabetical listing of the photographers’ names, or through further search options arranged by the authors’ nationality, specific awards, and so on. There are 11 themed categories in all. Just go to the archive, and you will be shown the way.

The Mondriaan Foundation and the VSB Foundation have provided the financial means that made this project possible. To maximize its potential, however, we need more help. There are still gaps to be filled. In isolated cases, even the photographer’s name has not been recorded. We therefore appeal to you, as members of our community, to help improve this valuable new resource by sending us any additional information or images you may have.