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Top 5 Photo Story/Essay Apps

There has been a huge rise in photo essay/story apps in the app store recently and we have created a top 5 list of some of the most popular, take a look below:




SlickFlick allows you to read and create animated photostories on the fly. It comes with a great selection of redefined themes that you can add your images to. These images can be ones that are already in your photo library, or ones that you take within the app. Once you’ve decided on that, the images are displayed over your chosen theme. You can also add animated stickers and captions to the image and share it with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or within an email. There’s also a wonderful and growing online community that you can access within the app, allowing you to share your images and view others as well as engage and comment.

SlickFlick is free and you can download it here.




Backspaces has been taking the iPhone photography community by storm. It’s an excellent photo telling app and we have our Streets Ahead women’s Column section as part of it. Take a look here to see our section – you will see some wonderful images.

It’s really simple to use and is an excellent app for photojournalism.

This app is also free and you can download it here.



Ptch allows you to combine photos, video and music into one minute pitches. Many users use if for the video function in particular, it’s simple to use and like most other similar apps, you can access your photos and videos from your device and share to the usual popular social media sites. You can also personalize your pitch with titles, captions and social comments.

This app is free and you can download it here.

Vida – Live Photo Stories – iOS and Android



Vida is another free photo and video story sharing app with more than 6 million users. Users share stories which include travel, food journals and stories on the fly. It comes with multiple story templates and live effect filters for still images. It’s available for both the iOS and Android platforms.

Click here to download for Android

Click here to download for iOS

Picasca Mobile – Android


Picasa Mobile was originally designed to facilitate viewing and managing your online Picasa web albums and photos but it’s expanded quite a lot. As well as using the app as a virtual photo album, you can also invite friends to see your albums, view your contacts photo albums and upload video content and view any public videos. It’s not quite the same as the apps above but it is very similar.

This app retails for $0.99/£0.69 and you can download it here.

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