Announcing the New Photoshare: Thousands of International Health and Development Images
A cross-post from the Photoshare blog
Although the newly launched Photoshare website was envisioned for many years, the Photoshare team finally began design and implementation of the new site seven months ago. The updated website features a clean new design and expanded and enhanced services. The site also delivers a range of new features and interactions for users requesting Photoshare images, and for photographers sharing their work for nonprofit educational use.
The previous Photoshare site was created in 2003 amidst changes in digital photography and web design. For eight years, the previous site provided users, photographers, and Photoshare site administrators with a platform for sharing not only images that document the realities of rural and urban life in developing countries, but also knowledge about the importance of ethics, informed consent, and fair use for editorial photography. In that time, the Photoshare website and staff provided over 45,000 images for use in global health and development interventions.
Growing by nearly 15,000 images, the Photoshare collection developed as a platform for international exchange, with 65% of contributing photographers living or working in developing countries, and 65% of users requesting images living in developed countries. This connection of local advocates and providers with project managers and policy makers has allowed Photoshare to further the vital role of photography in capturing programs in action and the people they serve.
The new enhancements and features included in this update of Photoshare are:
- User profiles
- New search display with thumbnail view
- Faceted search for filtering and refining search results
- Image light boxes
- Updated forms and request processes
- Improved access to images
- Faster processing of requests
- Photo upload functionality
- Interface for monitoring the use of shared images
This release represents a significant achievement for the project and will lay the groundwork for future expansion, as well as demonstrate the value, reach, and impact of the Photoshare collection. Visit Photoshare today!
David Alexander is the Photoshare Manager.