Monday, May 9, 2011

World Press Photo releases tablet edition of its photo contest winners into the App Store

Each year World Press Photo, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Amsterdam, founded in 1955, releases a yearbook of photo contest winners. This year the book costs 24.00 € on the organization's website bookstore, and is available in seven languages.
Currently in the online bookstore the 2011 edition is being offered for pre-order at a discounted price. The site says the book will be available on June 30th.

But late last week World Press Photo released an app version of the book, available for download for $4.99 in the App Store. The app, 2011 World Press Photo Contest, presents to readers all the award-winning photos from the contest, photographer biographies and camera details.

The jury of the 54th World Press Photo Contest, chronicled in the print book and tablet app, selected a photograph by the South African photographer Jodi Bieber as the World Press Photo of the Year 2010. The photo had first appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in the August 9, 2010 edition.

Her winning picture shows Bibi Aisha, 18, who was disfigured as retribution for fleeing her husband's house in Oruzgan province, in the center of Afghanistan. At the age of 12, Aisha and her younger sister had been given to the family of a Taliban fighter under a Pashtun tribal custom for settling disputes. When she reached puberty she was married to him, but she later returned to her parents' home, complaining of violent treatment by her in-laws. – World Press Photo website description of the winning photograph by Jodi Bieber.
The app weighs in at 263MB and contains all the material. The book has been converted for the iPad so that the reader can use the app in both portrait and landscape.

As photography renders exceptionally well on the iPad, the tablet edition of this book may well become the preferred platform for many readers.