The European Pressphoto Agency, or EPA, was founded in 1985 and now has editorial headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, Bangkok, Cairo and Washington DC. With 2000 new images uploaded daily and an archive of over seven million images, it is one of Europe’s leading news photo services.
Featured below are a range of photo series from the past twelve months that capture the breadth and quality of EPA's coverage worldwide.
A 60-year-old domesticated elephant named Ida struggles with a leg injury acquired during a fight with another elephant in the first image above, one of several in a 2019 series by Hotli Simanjuntak. Ida, who has since sadly died from her injuries, was assisting with a conservation program in which domesticated elephants push back wild elephants from palm oil plantations and settlements in Aceh, Indonesia. Across the island province, new plantations and a housing construction boom have threatened the natural environment, pitting humans against the already endangered Sumatran pachyderms. Only 500 of this variety of elephant remain in the wild. See more from the series here.
Geraldine Labrador holds a photo of her late son Robert in the first image above, captured as part of a collection of portraits by Miguel Gutierrez in Caracas, Venezuela in May 2019. Robert died at the age of seven of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Other portraits depict parents embracing their terminally ill children who at the time of capture desperately needed bone marrow transplants. Under a 2010 agreement funded by Venezuela's state-run oil company, hundreds underwent procedures and further treatment in Italy, but the program has since been suspended. Now, due to a national economic crisis that has lasted several years, there's a shortage of medical care and supplies, while financial insecurity and malnutrition pose barriers for many families. See more from the series here.
The worst wildfire to hit Greece in over a decade tore through a small holiday resort village near Athens on the afternoon of Monday, 23 July 2018, killing 102 people, injuring almost 200 others and forcing hundreds more to rush on to beaches and into the sea as the blaze devoured houses and cars. A year after the event, photographer Yannis Kolesidis revisited Mati to juxtapose images of the devastation with scenes of a traumatised village showing small but hopeful signs of recovery. See more from this series here.
Chinese couples used to be satisfied with a single black and white photograph taken on their wedding as a memento of their special day. But times have changed dramatically, and wedding photographs, especially pre-wedding photo sessions, have become big business in China. It's not hard to find couples in tourist spots and studios across the country engaging in what has become a must-have tradition before walking down the aisle. Images by Roman Pilipey. See more images from the series here.