The Picture Press is an online exhibition of development-oriented photography, a curated web platform promoting photojournalism, where ‘great photographs meet compelling narratives’. The Picture Press attempts to use photographs as an entry point into broader development issues facing Sri Lanka and South Asia.

‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ they say, but at The Picture Press the narratives matter as much as the photographs that accompany them. You may be a photographer who’s never thought of developing meaningful narratives with the images you’ve captured. You may be not be a photographer, but someone who’s simply interested in development issues and looking for a different way to engage these issues.

That’s what the The Picture Press is about – providing a platform for people like you to widen the awareness of, and discussion on, the dilemmas of development, poverty, society, opportunity and the environment, We want to ‘let photographs start conversations’..

While the images and narratives would make stimulating viewing, we also encourage you to engage with the content and the issues by commenting and sharing.

We are always on the look out for great submissions. If you are an amateur or hobbyist phtographer and would like to be part of The Picture Press, click the ‘contribute’ tab on the top right of this page to learn more.

From time to time we will also feature submissions by prominent photographers and photojournalists as ‘Special Series’.

If you would like to know more about The Picture Press initiative, email

These are just early days in this initiative and we will continuously improve the site to make it more user-friendly. With your contributions and your valuable feedback, we can make it better. So don’t hesitate to write to us!

The Curators,

Anushka Wijesinha is a research economist at a semi-government policy think tank. He is also a hobbyist photographer

Iromi Perera is a researcher and social pollster in a local civil society organisation. She is also a theatre producer

Aarthi Dharmadasa is a programme officer in the Sri Lankan operations of an international mine action agency. She is also a cooking enthusiast.