Stories of Change

© Jonathan Rashad

Stories of Change celebrates authenticity in visual storytelling. It offers us an intimate perspective on everyday 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 led to two productions, a book and this online experience. The visual stories that emerged aim to challenge perceptions of the region bringing insight to issues and to the lives of people that we might not otherwise have had. It is an insider’s view of a part of the world that is rarely out of the news, but is often given one-dimensional, headline-grabbing treatment.

The productions not only make the stories more visible, but highlight the work of the storytellers themselves. Online, in addition to the journalists’ biographies, you have the opportunity to follow them live through their social media channels. A visual chronology of the most significant events of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ is included, as well as links to local (video) bloggers, who reflect on current events from an inside perspective.

The book Stories of Change is available at bookstores and in World Press Photo’s online store in English and German. The online production is available in English, French and Arabic.

The exhibition

Stories of Change is now also available as a traveling exhibition. In November-December 2014 Stories of Change was exhibited at CIC, Cairo and at La Maison de L'image, Tunis. February-May 2015 the exhibition is at Humanity House, Den Haag.

If you have interest in renting the exhibition please contact: Rebecca@worldpressphoto.org

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© Rebke Blokke, Rebecca Simons


Rebecca Simons, Reem Saouma

Editorial consultant

Kari Lundelin

Concept and Online Development

By Vignette Interactive

Matt Ford, Jakub Krcmar — Vignette Interactive
David Kadlec — SuperKoderi
Piotr Jurczynski, Magdalena Sitarek — Netguru

Timeline Research

Asmara Pelupessy, Oualid Khelifi, Reem Saouma


Rodney Bolt


Hassnae Bouazza, Abdellah Bouazza
Armelle Desmarchelier — Evergreen Coummunications
C.S.D. Krätke-Plard — ALIAS Vertaalbureau
Vertaalbureau Perfect


Ali Dahmani & Claude Heurtaux — YLF-Vertalingen

Visual Identity Reporting Change

Kummer & Herrman

Thanks to

Agence France Presse, Reuters, Anadolu Agency, The Associated Press, Getty Images

All photography rights are held by the photographers.


Reporting Change

© Abdellah Azizi


The popular uprisings taking place across North Africa and Middle East since 2010 became among the most thoroughly photographed events in recent history. People in the streets used their mobile phones to register incidents they were eyewitness to. Local journalists, camera crews and freelance photographers from around the world recorded developments from day to day.

Our perception of what we came to call the ‘Arab Spring’ is marked by dramatic images: demonstrators clashing with security forces on Cairo’s Tahrir Square; rebels storming Colonel Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli; former dictators killed or on trial.
Major changes in power relations have taken place in some countries; others face challenges from local issues and from the effects of the global economic crisis. Many of the issues that fueled the uprisings remain unresolved, such as the high level of youth unemployment, women’s rights, and the rising cost of living. But how well do we know the region beyond the headlines? What is really going on in people’s homes and in city streets? What do people worry or dream about?

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. Both organizations aim to report on and to support democratic transitions in North Africa. Human Rights Watch does this through research and advocacy, and World Press Photo through training in visual journalism.

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

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The Workshops

From 2012 through 2014, as part of its training initiative in North Africa, World Press Photo Academy ran a series of workshops in Cairo, Casablanca and Tunis. Photographers and editors from the region worked together with internationally experienced trainers. The programs ranged from training in basic technical skills to storytelling. A parallel series of workshops for multimedia journalists was conducted, starting in the autumn of 2013.

The overall aim of the Reporting Change 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. The project created a unique chance for professional photographers to connect with likeminded colleagues in the region. In an area where stereotypes can be strong, the meetings and workshops helped break down preset ideas and created a safe environment to reflect, compare and learn.

In addition to the workshops, World Press Photo Academy set up an open Connected Learning platform, where free training material is shared with online followers.

Project coordinator

Eefje Ludwig

Project managers

Barbara Chalghaf
Joyce Lagerweij

Project assistant

Marieke Bijster

  • Training of the trainers workshop


    • Myriam Abdelaziz, Egypt, photographer
    • Louiza Ammi Sid, Algeria, head of photo department Liberté Algeria
    • Nadia Benchallal, Algeria/France, photographer
    • Hamideddine Bouali, Tunisia, photographer and teacher
    • Ahmed Hayman, Egypt, photographer Al-Masry Al-Youm
    • Naïma Kaddour, Algeria/France, former photo editor Magnum Photos, freelance photography project manager
    • Mohamed Messara, Algeria, photographer EPA
    • Khalil Nemmaoui, Morocco, photographer
    • Amel Pain, Algeria, Middle East desk chief EPA
    • Kismet El Sayed, Egypt, photographer/producer Seera

    Training of trainers

    From left to right: Mohamed Messara, Eefje Ludwig (WPPh), Amel Pain, Barbara Chalghaf (WPPh), Naïma Kaddour, Nadia Benchallal, Louiza Sid Ammi, Ahmed Hayman, Kismet El Sayed, Myriam Abdelaziz, Joyce Lagerweij (WPPh), Khalil Nemmaoui, Hamideddine Bouali.

    © Ahmed Hayman

  • Basic Skills workshops

    Selection Committee

    • Cédric Gerbehaye, Belgium, photographer Agence Vu
    • Rena Effendi, Azerbaijan, photographer
    • Peter Dejong, the Netherlands, chief photographer The Associated Press


    • Myriam Abdelaziz, Egypt/France
    • Nadia Benchallal, Algeria/France
    • Naïma Kaddour, Algeria/France
    • Mohamed Messara, Algeria
    • Khalil Nemmaoui, Morocco
    • Amel Pai, Algeria/Egypt


    • Akram Adem, Libya
    • Ibrahim Al Agouri, Libya
    • Mohamed Alalem, Libya
    • Abdellah Azizi, Morocco
    • Sophia Baraket, Tunisia
    • Hichem Bekhti, Algeria
    • Sabrina Belkhouja, Tunisia
    • Mehdi Bennaceri, Morocco
    • Billel Bensalem, Algeria
    • Zied Ben Romdhane, Tunisia
    • Arslane Bestaoui, Algeria
    • Ramzi Boudina, Algeria
    • Amine Boussoffara, Tunisia
    • Abdullah Doma, Libya
    • Nader ElGadi, Libya
    • Karim Fezzazi, Morocco
    • Yassine Gaidi, Tunisia
    • Ali Garboussi, Tunisia
    • Wassim Ghozlani, Tunisia
    • Joelle Gueguen, Morocco
    • Selim Harbi, Tunisia
    • Rabii Kalboussi, Tunisia
    • Mohamed Kaouche, Algeria
    • Amine Landoulsi, Tunisia
    • Abdurrauf Madi, Libya
    • Jean Madeyski, Morocco
    • Joseph Ouechen, Morocco
    • Shahrazed Ratni, Algeria
    • Moulay Mhamed Saadi, Morocco
    • Boussaada Safa, Tunisia
    • Douraïd Souissi, Tunisia
    • Zoubeir Souissi, Tunisia
    • Imane Tirich, Morocco
    • Gabous Yahya, Tunisia
    • Fayssal Zaoui, Morocco
    • Billel Zehani, Algeria

    Basic skill

    Back row from left to right: Rabii Kalboussi, Ramzi Boudina, Billel Bensalem, Fayssal Zaoui, Naima Kaddour (trainer), Barbara Chalghaf (WPPh), Imane Tirich, Said Chitour (fixer), Khalil Nemmaoui (trainer), Yassine Gaidi, Arslane Bestaoui.

    Front row from left to right: Yahya Gabous, Mohamed Kaouche, Joseph Ouechen.

    © Eefje Ludwig

  • Storytelling workshops

    Selection Committee

    • Yuri Kozyrev, Russia, photographer NOOR and Time magazine
    • Michket Krifa, France, independent curator, author and consultant for visual arts in the Middle East and Africa
    • Meaghan Looram, USA, deputy editor of photography The New York Times


    • Magdalena Herrera, France/Cuba, director of photography Geo France
    • Jenny Smets, the Netherlands, director of photography Vrij Nederland
    • Donald Weber, Canada, photographer VII Photo Agency
    • Michael Zumstein, France, photographer Agence Vu


    • Mohamed Alalem, Libya
    • Mohamed Ali Eddin, Egypt
    • Roger Anis, Egypt
    • Omnia Arfin, Egypt
    • Sophia Baraket, Tunisia
    • Sabrina Belkhouja, Tunisia
    • Zied Ben Romdhane, Tunisia
    • Arslane Bestaoui, Algeria
    • Amine Boussoffara, Tunisia
    • Nader ElGadi, Libya
    • Joëlle Gueguen, France
    • Ahmed Hayman, Egypt
    • Virginie Hoang Nguyen, Belgium
    • Mohamed Kaouche, Algeria
    • Mahmoud Khaled, Egypt
    • Amine Landoulsi, Tunisia
    • Jean Madeyski, France
    • Joseph Ouechen, Morocco
    • Jonathan Rashad, Egypt
    • Amru Salahuddien, Egypt
    • Zara Samiry, Morocco
    • Douraïd Souissi, Tunisia
    • Gabous Yahya, Tunisia


    Starting from top from left to right:
    Jean Madeyski, Joseph Ouechen, Virginie Nguyen Hoang, Douraïd Souissi
    Joelle Gueguen, Jenny Smets (trainer), Nader ElGadi, Eefje Ludwig (WPPh)
    Roger Anis, Mohamed Kaouche, Sabrina Belkhouja, Jonathan Rashad, Mohammed Ali Eddin, Joyce Lagerweij (WPPh)

    © Michael Zumstein

  • Grants workshop


    • Magdalena Herrera, France/Cuba, director of photography Geo France
    • Jenny Smets, the Netherlands, director of photography Vrij Nederland


    • Mohamed Alalem, Libya
    • Mohamed Ali Eddin, Egypt
    • Roger Anis, Egypt
    • Zied Ben Romdhane, Tunisia
    • Arslane Bestaoui, Algeria
    • Amine Boussoffara, Tunisia
    • Nader ElGadi, Libya
    • Ahmed Hayman, Egypt
    • Mahmoud Khaled, Egypt
    • Zara Samiry, Morocco


    Back row from left to right: Roger Anis, Amine Boussoffara, Ahmed Hayman

    Front row from left to right: Mohamed Ali eddin, Zied Ben Romdhane, Nader ElGadi, Jenny Smets (trainer), Zara Samiry, Magdalena Hererra (trainer), Mohamed Alalem, Arslane Bestaoui

    Not in the picture: Mahmoud Khaled

    © Co de Kruijf / Hollandse Hoogte

  • Multimedia workshops

    Selection committee and trainers

    • Matt Ford, USA, Interactive Media Director and co-founder of Vignette Interactive
    • Cedric Gerbehaye, Belgium, photographer Agence Vu
    • D J Clark, UK, multimedia producer at CCTV


    • Abdellah Azizi, Morocco
    • Mosa’ab Elshamy, Egypt
    • Inas Gohar, Egypt
    • Sélim Harbi, Tunisia
    • Eman Helal, Egypt
    • Virginie Hoang Nguyen, Belgium
    • Mohamed Hossam, Egypt
    • Oualid Khelifi, Algeria
    • Muhannad Lamin, Libya
    • Hassan Ouazzani, Morocco


    Back row from left to right: Muhannad Lamin, Cédric Gerbehaye (trainer), D J Clark (trainer), Oualid Khelifi, Matt Ford (trainer), Mohamed Hossam, Serdar Darendeliler, Inez Heeremans (WPPh), Refik Akyuz (GAPO).

    Middle row from left to right: Sélim Harbi, Abdellah Azizi, Mosa’ab Elshamy, Eman Helal, Rebecca Simons (WPPh), Barbara Chalghaf (WPPh).

    Front row from left to right: Hassan Ouazzani, Inas Gohar, Virginie Hoang Nguyen, Reem Saouma (WPPh), Eefje Ludwig (WPPh).

    © Korhan Karaoysal


World Press Photo Academy

© Abdellah Azizi

World Press Photo Academy helps nurture the talent and passion of photojournalists who tell remarkable stories—stories that can open our eyes and inspire a greater understanding of the world around us. The Academy helps bring the stories into focus, by educating, enabling and connecting photojournalists so that they may share their stories with the world.

This is done through such activities as the Joop Swart Masterclass, as well as workshops in regions where access to training is limited, and events that provide a platform for professionals to network, give talks and share their views. A publishing program helps share inspiring photojournalism with professionals and the wider public alike.

The World Press Photo 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 of the work of photographers and other visual journalists, as well as to promote the free exchange of information. Activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests, and global exhibition tours. The programs of the Academy strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and 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.

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Managing director

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Worldwide partners
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