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Social Issues Photos

epa has a vast selection of photographs illustrating the numerous social issues affecting people and societies all over the world. Essentially, social issues refer to the problems facing human beings on a personal level on a daily basis, and while certain social issues pose greater or lesser threats to a given population or demographic depending on country of residence, generally speaking, social issues need to be addressed to some degree by governments, NGOs and individuals the world over. As populations grow and countries develop, so does the demand for higher living standards and satisfactory solutions to social issues. Imagery depicting the human condition can be found in epa's social issues sub-categories; take a look to discover the issues currently affecting societies.


Abortion Photos

epa’s collection of images relating to abortion essentially illustrates anything involved with the act of terminating a pregnancy. This category includes coverage of protests by pro and anti-abortion groups, as well as those of a religious nature and women’s rights in general. Recent examples would include the discourse of Pope Francis who condemned abortion or the mass rallies playing out in Spain against a new law that effectively bans abortion, except under extraordinary circumstances. Additionally, epa also offers photographs depicting the practical side of abortion, including hospitals and specialist clinics.

Addiction Photos

epa has a vast collection of photographs depicting all habits falling under the category of addiction. This includes imagery relating to drug use and abuse, alcoholism, gambling, sex addiction, substance abuse, among others. In addition to feature-type photographs, such as portraits documenting the lives of addicts, epa’s pictures on addiction also depict the efforts of governments and of NGOs in order to counter addiction-related problems, as well as legal proceedings, campaigns or protest movements, and the work of support centers or programs set up in order to assist those suffering from addiction.


Charity Photos

epa’s collection of images relating to charity focus essentially on the act of giving to those in need on a voluntary basis. This includes awareness campaigns launched by various charities or organizations, charity events launched or attended by officials or celebrities, large-scale sponsored or fund-raising events aiming to raise money, collect items such as clothing or bedding, or generate food donations for those in need of them. Such charity events might include sports events or music concerts with the intention of generating awareness or fund-raising.

Demographics Photos

epa’s collection of pictures illustrating quantifiable statistics relating to a population, or particular groups within a population, fall under the category of demographics. This includes pictures depicting all factors that make up a given population, such as gender, age, ethnicity, mobility, employment status, among many other variables that provide us with an understanding of a given society and its make-up at a specific time. Pictures in this category include anything to do with population and statistics that describe a population, such as coverage of official documentation, statistics or reports, such as censuses.


Disabled Photos

epa provides imagery pertaining to various disabilities affecting the lives of human beings all over the world. This includes illustrations of those who have physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, development, or invisible disabilities. Besides conveying feature stories of individuals suffering from some sort of disability, epa also provides pictures showing technology or medical equipment that has been developed especially to aid those with disabilities, such as prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs or hearing aids, as well as scientific and medical research into a given disability.

Euthanasia Photos

epa’s collection of images relating to the controversial topic of euthanasia largely depict the political aspects involved with the act or intention of ending a human life. Besides protests against euthanasia that are carried out by individuals, organizations, or otherwise, epa also provides coverage of government legislation on the topic as it is processed and public reactions, in addition to feature stories showing portraits of individuals and families who are affected by the issue.


Family Photos

epa’s family photos category is a broad one to describe pictures that illustrate moments in the lives of people who are related, or considered related, to one another. This includes family occasions such as weddings, funerals, divorce cases, as well as family planning, non-traditional families such as single-parent and same-sex parent families, and the political side of family life including adoption rights, protest movements and government legislation put in place affecting different families all over the world.


Family Planning Photos

epa’s collection of images relating to family planning depict all aspects of starting a family. This category includes photos illustrating practices or issues to do with contraception, which of course varies depending on factors such as religious beliefs or country of residence, as well as abortion, adoption, the work of hospitals and doctors, birth control policies, as well as religious considerations and practices that have an impact on family planning.


Health Insurance Photos

epa’s photos relating to health insurance largely relate to policies enacted by governments and the impacts of said policies on the public. A recent example would be the work of US President Barack Obama’s government on health insurance and the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, photos on this topic include planning for healthcare, and the reactions of citizens, such as strikes, protests or campaigns brought about by issues relating to health insurance, as well as relevant coverage of health insurance companies and their policies.

Homelessness Photos

Photographs on homelessness depict the lives of people who have no fixed home or shelter in which to live. Examples of images on this topic include portraits of individuals or groups of people who are without a home, as well as visits to homeless shelters or makeshift camps created for the homeless, charity work or government projects aimed at assisting the homeless by providing shelter, food, clothing, clean water and other items necessary for human survival. This category also relates to people who find themselves homeless after natural disasters, like typhoons or hurricanes.


Long Term Care Photos

epa’s pictures illustrating long term care relate to the care of citizens who are not in a position to be independent, such as the elderly, who in some cases have to go into retirement homes, or those with illnesses who require specialist care in hospitals or homes. While epa offers feature-type imagery showing the lives of those in care, this category also includes government plans applying to ageing populations. Recent examples would include coverage of the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and late South African President Nelson Mandela, both of whom were receiving long term care.

Minority Groups Photos

epa’s minority group photos is a broad category that embodies various groups of people who are grouped together by society based on a social factor considered to pertain to a given minority. The term ‘minority groups’ encompasses various groups, including ethnic, racial, age, political, religious, sexual or gender minorities. In the context of epa, imagery on minority groups illustrates respective human rights movements or awareness campaigns highlighting the problems a particular minority group are facing, political responses by governments and portraits of members of minority groups.


Missing Persons Photos

epa’s selection of photos falling under the category of missing persons relates specifically to people who are missing or who are believed to have disappeared. This includes images of citizens fighting to relocate missing friends and/or relatives, whether due to forced disappearances or otherwise, initiatives aimed at finding missing persons, as well as government responses and legislation on the matter. Additionally, epa also offers images of protest movements, often led by relatives of missing persons or organizations specializing in the issue.

Poverty Photos

epa’s collection illustrating poverty comprises of images depicting the lives of people who are extremely poor. In terms of images, this includes coverage of charity work on various levels, such as efforts by individuals to act against poverty, as well as large-scale events promoting the cause, and the efforts of governments and international organizations in relation to the issue. Additionally, this category also includes feature-type stories conveying the lives of those who live in poverty or who find themselves on the fringes of society.


Prostitution Photos

epa’s pictures illustrating prostitution essentially relate to the act of selling one’s body for sex. While this includes portraits of sex workers, or prostitutes, and their daily lives, this category also relates to their welfare, health-related issues linked to prostitution, charity work, awareness campaigns, protest movements led by citizens and international organizations, human trafficking, and any related criminal proceedings. A recent example of photos falling under the category of prostitution would be the ‘sex boxes’ created in Zurich, said to improve the working conditions of sex workers.

Racism Photos

epa has a wide collection of images relating to the issue of racism, or racial discrimination. This includes images illustrating campaigns launched to combat racism, including coverage of activities taking place on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, coverage relating to racial hate crimes and respective legal proceedings and protests, the work of human rights organizations against the problem, racism and sport, as well as historical cases of racism.


Welfare Photos

epa’s photographs relating to welfare illustrate efforts to ensure the well-being of a person or group of people in society, though this can also be extended to apply to animal welfare. In essence, this category refers to the health and happiness of citizens and how they are ‘looked after’ by their respective state or by NGOs and/or charities. Photographs in this category show the activities of social support groups, awareness campaigns, protest movements, coverage of government initiatives linked to welfare, among others.