Tue, 10/16/2012 - 14:54
World Press Photo announces today a new set up for its third annual multimedia contest. Three new categories have been introduced to accommodate evolving practices in visual journalism and documentary storytelling. The jury of the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest will be chaired by Keith W. Jenkins, US, supervising senior producer for multimedia at NPR. He will be supported by an international jury of six leading professionals in the field of visual journalism. The 2013 Multimedia Contest will be open for entries in December 2012.
New categories: providing a platform for professionals in visual journalism
The 2013 Multimedia Contest edition will include a redefinition of the categories. Michiel Munneke, Managing Director World Press Photo, explained: “World Press Photo is committed to providing a platform for new, innovative practices in professional visual journalism. Photography is converging with other lens-based media, and documentary storytellers around the world are producing exciting work which complements our established photo contest. There are currently few universally accepted definitions in place for multimedia, and the setup of the contest will keep reflecting the evolving field.”
Categories for 2013
• Online short film
• Online feature film
• Interactive documentary
Read a full description and the requirements of the new categories here.
Keith W. Jenkins to chair the 2013 Multimedia Contest Jury
Keith W. Jenkins began working at NPR in 2008 as the supervising senior producer for multimedia. He oversees the multimedia unit of NPR.org and is responsible for the photography and videography. He spent 13 years at The Washington Post and was AOL's first director of photography from 1997 to 1999. Last year, he was a member of the World Press Photo multimedia contest jury.
Jenkins reflected on the forthcoming multimedia contest: “Photography has been at the core of great visual story-telling for most of the last 100 years, and for the entire history of the World Press Photo contests. Many of the photos and multimedia projects honored have both informed and influenced world opinion, fulfilling one of journalism's most noble missions, to speak truth to power. As multimedia journalists continue to produce amazing new works, I have no doubt that photography and visual storytelling will remain at the heart of these endeavors and at the heart of the World Press Photo Multimedia Contest.”
How to enter the multimedia contest
The 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest will be open for participants to enter their work from the beginning of December 2012. The deadline for registrations and submissions is 10 January 2013, 23.59 CET. Entries may only be submitted online via the World Press Photo entry website. A user name and password are required to enter and may be requested from December 2012 onwards.
An international jury of leading professionals from the fields of visual journalism and documentary storytelling will be judging the entries at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam, from 26 January until 1 February 2013. The full list of judges will be announced later. In the 2012 contest, there were a total of 287 multimedia productions from 48 countries entered.
The winners of the 2013 Multimedia Contest will be announced on 1 February 2013. The multimedia contest is set up separately from the annual press photography contest. Read more about the 2013 World Press Photo Contest.
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.
World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.
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