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World Press Photo Multimedia Contest winners revealed

World Press Photo Multimedia Contest winners revealed

© Miquel Dewever-Plana

February 2013

Three stunning – and very different – pieces of work have scooped top honours in the World Press Photo Multimedia Contest 2013 in the contest's newly defined categories of Online Short, Online Feature and Online Interactive Documentary.

The judging for the third annual contest for multimedia productions took place from 26-31 January 2013 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an international jury of experts, chaired by Keith W. Jenkins. The winners were announced on 1 February 2013.

This year, three new categories were introduced to accommodate evolving practices in visual journalism and documentary storytelling and chairman of the 2013 World Press Photo multimedia jury Keith W. Jenkins (Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia at National Public Radio [NPR], USA) was hugely impressed by the depth and quality of the work, praising all the entries for their high standards, inventiveness and careful attention to detail.

© Pep Bonet/NOOR

Winning first prize in the Online Short category of the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest was a film entitled ‘Into the Shadows’, directed by Pep Bonet from the NOOR Photo Agency and Line Hadsbjerg.

Winning first prize in the Online Short category was a film entitled ‘Into the Shadows’, directed by Pep Bonet from the NOOR Photo Agency and Line Hadsbjerg. In July 2012, Bonet, Hadsbjerg & José Bautista arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the intention of creating a body of documentary work consisting of written testimonies, pictures and a documentary film of the urban slum buildings in the inner city.

Jury chair Keith W. Jenkins told CPN: “It was one of a handful of entries that made the transition between photography and video virtually invisible. The piece began with wonderful still images that were well photographed, with great framing, and then the story unfolded with great video clips that explained everything that the stills revealed. It was an effortless piece, well constructed, and filmed and shot all in black & white, with immaculate print and superb attention to detail. It was clear to me, and to all the judges, that the production team really understood lighting both for stills and video, and never for a moment did you feel that you were being taken out of the moment – your attention was held the whole time.”

Jenkins added: “It was tight, emotional storytelling at its very best, with an economy of words, great pacing and a clear understanding that you need space and air between thoughts and concepts so they can be processed and sink in. It did all of that and didn’t miss a beat.”

Second prize in the Online Short category went to ‘Living with a Secret’ with photography, video and production by Arkasha Stevenson (Los Angeles Times); the executive producer was Marc Martin. Third prize in this cateory went to ‘Aleppo Battleground’ with images by Jérôme Sessini (Magnum Photos for Le Monde); the producers were Antonin Sabot and Marie Sumalla.

Sinclair wins Online Feature category

First prize in the Online Feature went to Stephanie Sinclair, for her piece entitled ‘Too Young to Wed’. Over an eight-year period, Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia. Her multimedia presentation synthesises this body of work into a compelling call to action.

© Stephanie Sinclair/VII

First prize in the Online Feature category of the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest went to Stephanie Sinclair (VII), for her piece entitled ‘Too Young to Wed’. Over an eight-year period, Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia.

“This was another piece that left us stunned,” Keith W. Jenkins revealed. “The level of nuance and complexity to the storytelling was hugely impressive. Stephanie worked with director and cinematographer Jessica Dimmock and together they tackled a story that started several years ago with stills photography. They picked it back up with video, finding the right characters and allowing them to tell their story with great depth and pacing.”

Jenkins added: “Part of understanding narrative is finding the right story, and here it was enhanced by great audio which really worked in binding the story together as we went on a journey to understand the characters and all their complexities as they tried to understand their place in the world.”

Second prize in the Online Feature category went to ‘Dying For Relief: Bitter Pills’ with photography, video and production by Liz O. Baylen (Los Angeles Times); the executive producer was Mary Vignoles. Third prize in the category went to ‘Dreams on freewheels’ by director, photographer and video editor Yang Enze (the Southern Metropolis Daily); produced by Tan Weishan.


Online Interactive Documentary category

Taking top honours in the inaugural Online Interactive Documentary category was a piece by Miquel Dewever-Plana and Isabelle Fougère called ‘Alma, a tale of violence’. For five years Alma has been a member of one of Guatemala's most brutal gangs, a country today ravaged by an unnamed war. She tells her confession face-to-face in a powerful multimedia piece.

Jenkins praised the team for great attention to detail and inventiveness in a particularly challenging medium. “Firstly, there was an incredible amount of stunning content, compiled after years of reporting, but the one thing that intrigued us the most was how well it was presented in multiple formats. There were several paths through the material, some more reliant on you as the viewer to find your way through such as galleries and articles. And then there were several wonderful interactive ways to make your way through the content that gave you a clear narrative route.”

© Miquel Dewever-Plana

Taking top honours in the Online Interactive Documentary category of the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest was a piece by Miquel Dewever-Plana and Isabelle Fougère called ‘Alma, a Tale of Violence’.

He added: “The introductory video to the piece, for instance, is both stunning and frightening and introduces us to the main character, Alma. Through her story we find another path into the content and through photographs the details about the story are revealed. The presentation was engaging and made you want to stick with the story. They used a unique technique, which we had never seen before, using two tracks of video seamlessly brought together, with one frame giving you the interview and the other frame taking you into the streets, allowing you to absorb the sounds and the atmosphere.”

Second prize in the Online Interactive Documentary category went to ‘Bear 71’, directed by Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison; the screenwriting was by J.B. MacKinnon. Third prize in the category went to ‘Lost And Found: Discover A Black-And-White Era In Full Color’; the producer and reporter was Claire O'Neill with design and development by Wesley Lindamood. An ‘Honourable Mention’ in this category went to ‘Unknown Spring’ with direction and photographs by Jake Price; the art director and programmer was Visakh Menon.

An exploration of multimedia

World Press Photo Managing Director, Michiel Munneke, was delighted with the high standards shown throughout the contest and told CPN: “It was very encouraging to see such a great mix of styles, topics and issues. I was very glad to see how all the winners paid tribute to our heritage and DNA in terms of reportage and documentary. For us, introducing the multimedia element into World Press Photo is an exploration. It’s a moving target, and we have to constantly adapt to what is happening in the industry to remain relevant and at the heart of our world.”

Munneke added: “We have to remain open to all these new technical and creative developments and what I really discovered was how incredible our judges were, with their amazing skill sets from very different – and yet complimentary – backgrounds. They worked together with Keith W. Jenkins to deliver a set of winners that we feel have yet again raised the bar when it comes to delivering high-quality multimedia content.”

The Multimedia Jury

The 2013 World Press Photo multimedia jury consisted of eight international, leading professionals from the fields of visual journalism and documentary storytelling. As well as jury chair Keith W. Jenkins the jury members this year were:

  • Samuel Bollendorff, France, photojournalist and web documentary maker.
  • Kang Kyung-ran, South Korea, producer and director Frontline News Service.
  • Susan Meiselas, USA, photographer.
  • Patrick Mudekereza, DR Congo, writer and poet.
  • Bjarke Myrthu, Denmark, founder and CEO of Storyplanet.com.
  • Caspar Sonnen, the Netherlands, new media coordinator and curator IDFA DocLab.
  • Alan Stoga, USA, president Zemi Communications, acted as Secretary for the awards.

Prizes

The first place winner in each category will be awarded a cash prize of €1,500 and a Golden Eye Award. Winners of second and third prizes receive a Golden Eye Award and a diploma. The awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony of the 2013 World Press Photo Contest to be held on Saturday 27 April 2013 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

• Please click on the links on the right hand side of this page to view the three winning multimedia pieces from the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest.