World Press Photo helps to nurture the talent and passion of visual journalists who tell stories that can open our eyes and inspire a greater understanding of the world around us. By offering training possibilities and grants to produce stories we strengthen the skills and network of visual journalists in regions where educational opportunities are limited or from where we hardly see stories in the media which are produced by these local visual journalists. Reporting Change was a program in which we focused on North Africa and the visual journalistic community there. The goal was to foster a more authentic, representative portrayal of the region and its people in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings. When we started the program in 2012 we felt there was a need of training independent visual journalists to tell the world what is going on in their countries and surroundings, from their perspectives, from their eyes.
The two productions, the book and the online interactive experience, Stories of Change celebrates authenticity in visual storytelling. The productions offer a perspective on everyday life in five North African countries through the eyes of a group of visual journalists who were trained by World Press Photo in storytelling skills (both still photography and multimedia). The stories produced cover a wide range of themes and often include those who have been overshadowed by news events. Stories shape information into meaning and are unique and that is what we are facilitating in their creation.
World Press Photo
by Mohamed Hossam
by Abdellah Azizi
See more stories: storiesofchange.worldpressphoto.org
Abdellah Azizi was born in Morocco in 1987, and studied cinematographic lighting techniques at a specialized college in his hometown of Ouarzazate. After further film and editing studies in Casablanca, he worked as camera and lighting assistant on several productions. He now works for a local e-magazine, almaouja.com