Winners of the first World Press Photo Multimedia Contest announced

Prison Valley, winner of the first prize in the interactive category, explores the prison industry in Cañon City, Colorado, USA.

Today World Press Photo announced the prizewinners of the first World Press Photo Multimedia Contest, with jury member Claudine Boeglin of Thomson Reuters Foundation handing out the prizes to the winners at the annual Awards Ceremony in Amsterdam. The international jury awarded a total of six productions in two categories, linear and interactive:

Linear productions

1st Prize - The Home Front
A production with photography by Marcus Yam and produced by Nancy Donaldson, Catrin Einhorn and Meaghan Looram for The New York Times.

The Home Front is the story of two boys in the US who struggle to adjust when their father, a single dad and US soldier, is deployed to Afghanistan and they are sent to live with relatives.

The jury motivated their choice: This production embodies many of the simplest and most powerful elements of storytelling; great subjects that are articulate and emotional, a narrative arc with a transformation - actually two in this story - a bigger issue of both political and social significance embodied in the micro story, strong video and photography and a compelling visual and audio narrative that worked powerfully in concert with each other.

Chair of the jury, Ed Kashi, added: "It's a story that's connected to very big issues at the moment and does it through the voices and story of one family. The ability to give a voice to your subjects, there is something magical about that."

2nd Prize - Blanco
A production by photographer Stefano De Luigi and VII Photo Agency.

3rd Prize - A Man in the Forest
A production by Lei Wang.

Interactive multimedia

1st Prize - Prison Valley
Photography by Philippe Brault, a collaboration with author and co-director David Dufresne, and produced by Alexandre Brachet and Gregory Trowbridge for Arte.

Prison Valley explores the prison industry in Cañon City, Colorado in the US.

The jury concluded: This production is a magnum opus visually, conceptually and in terms of the reporting and information offered. It is also an example of immersive interactivity, where the viewer can take a journey that they control, learning new information along the way. This work should be a challenge to everyone producing non-linear multimedia to raise their standards in terms of how the technology can be utilized.

Jury member Kang Kyung-ran said about Prison Valley:"The focus, the effect of this work is in the innovation of techniques and editing muscles. I was very impressed by the editing and graphics. In the meaning of interactive, I think it is excellent."

2nd Prize - Powering a Nation
Photography by Mike Ehrlich, Jessey Dearing, Lauren Frohne and Elena Rue and produced by Laura Ruel, Chad Stevens and Don Wittekind from The University North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

3rd Prize - A Year at War
Photography by Damon Winter and Marcus Yam and produced by James Dao, Gabriel Dance, Nancy Donaldson, Catrin Einhorn, Rob Harris, Meaghan Looram for The New York Times.

Judging
The nominated work was judged on its impact and editing, as well as its originality and innovative execution. The productions must have a journalistic storyline and still imagery must play a significant role in telling the story. Judging took place at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam from 18 to 21 March 2011. The jury for the 2011 multimedia contest consists of five highly respected professionals in visual journalism and multimedia productions. The members of the jury are:

Chair
•  Ed Kashi, USA, photojournalist, filmmaker and educator

Members
•  Claudine Boeglin, France, multimedia content director Thomson Reuters Foundation
•  Andrew DeVigal, USA, multimedia editor The New York Times
•  Kang Kyung-ran, South Korea, anchor and CEO Frontline News Service
•  Gideon Mendel, South Africa, photographer

Secretary
•  Alan Stoga, USA, president Zemi Communications

World Press Photo was founded in 1955 and is known for organizing the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. Its accolades are coveted by photographers across the world. The organization is now expanding its scope to reflect changes in the media with the judging of multimedia productions in a separate contest. With this expansion, World Press Photo aims to provide impetus to photojournalistic multimedia by recognizing productions of exceptional quality.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.

About World Press Photo

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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