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The African Photojournalism Database is a directory of professional African news photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers reporting on cultural, economic, environmental, political and social issues on the continent, as well as sports, nature, and stories of everyday life. There are over 100 photographers currently listed on the database. Read on to find out how to register to become part of it. 

From the series 'Holy Month' by Gulshan Khan
From the series ‘Holy Month’ by African Photojournalism Database member Gulshan Khan

The African Photojournalism Database is a joint project of the World Press Photo Foundation and Everyday Africa, launched in August 2016 (see announcement). It was created to help you, as photographers and visual journalists, be better connected to the international media economy. It also helps international media better understand the issues and projects that you as African visual journalists consider important and have covered. In addition the database allows the World Press Photo Foundation to connect with photojournalists in Africa, and enables Everyday Africa to seek new contributors.

Membership has various benefits, including the potential for wider exposure via promotion on the World Press Photo Foundation’s and Everyday Africa’s social platforms, as well as support from the project’s partnership with Blink. 

From the series 'Bits of Borno' by Fati Abubakar
From the series ‘Bits of Borno’ by African Photojournalism Database member Fati Abubakar

To be considered for membership you must meet three mandatory criteria:

– You are a national of one of the 55 African countries

– You report on either cultural, economic, environmental, political and social issues; sports or nature stories; or the photography of daily life

– You have a working website, Instagram or Facebook page with some recent work

If you meet the criteria you will be invited to create a profile on the public database which is on Blink, a real-time location platform connecting freelancers to media companies that want to tell stories.

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Please note, new submissions will reviewed on a monthly basis. We will only contact you if your membership application has been successful.

If you have any questions, please contact us at apjd@worldpressphoto.org.