Winners of the first World Press Photo Multimedia Contest to be announced

The winners of the first World Press Photo Multimedia Contest will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 7 May 2011 at 23.00 (C.E.T.).  In March a shortlist was published with the top three productions in two categories, linear and interactive. At the Awards Ceremony, the first, second and third prizes will be announced, and the awards will be handed out to representatives of the production teams by jury member Claudine Boeglin of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Following the announcement, the results will also be published on this website.

Shortlist
The six shortlisted multimedia productions were chosen from more than 40 nominations.

Category linear productions (in alphabetical order):

Blanco
A production by photographer Stefano De Luigi and VII Photo Agency.
Blanco is the result of a four-year journey delving into the life of the visually impaired in 16 countries around the world.

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.

A Man in the Forest
A production by Lei Wang.
A Man in the Forest is about a forest ranger that has lived in Hainan province rainforest in China for several years, working to monitor and protect the Hainan Black-Crested Gibbon.

Category interactive multimedia (in alphabetical order):

Powering a Nation
A production with 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.
Powering a Nation is an interactive production that explores energy use across different demographics in the US.

Prison Valley
A production with photography by Philippe Brault in collaboration with author and co-director David Dufresne and produced by Alexandre Brachet and Gregory Trowbridge for Arte.
Prison Valley in an interactive production that explores the prison industry in Cañon City, Colorado in the US.

A Year at War
A production with 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.
A Year at War examines the yearlong deployment of one US battalion in Afghanistan.

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 producer 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

The contest is divided into two sections, for linear and for interactive multimedia. First prizes will be awarded a cash award of €5,000. First, second and third prizes in each category will be announced during the World Press Photo Awards Ceremony. Maurice Lacroix, a Swiss watch manufacturer, is the official watch partner of the World Press Photo Awards Ceremony.

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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