Digital Storytelling Contest

2021 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest winners announced

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest winners.

The 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest winners are nine productions from seven countries: Australia, Chile, China, Lithuania, Spain, United States, and the Philippines.

The independent jury of the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest selected Reconstructing Seven Days of Protests in Minneapolis After George Floyd’s Death by Holly Bailey/The Washington Post and Matt Daniels, Amelia Wattenberger/The Pudding, as the World Press Photo Interactive of the Year. Calling Back From Wuhan by Yang Shenlai/Tang Xiaolan was awarded World Press Photo Online Video of the Year.

Meet the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest winners
See the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest winners gallery

Online World Press Photo Festival

Some 2021 Contests winners presented their work during the online World Press Photo Festival 2021, taking place from 15-17 April. The three-day program included presentations by contest winners sharing the background to their award-winning stories, talks with jury members taking you through the judging process, discussions around the theme of press freedom, and digital spaces for visual storytelling professionals to discuss pressing questions and topics.

Watch the online sessions

2021 Digital Storytelling Contest

The contest, open to short documentary films and interactive productions, recognizes and rewards the best forms of visual journalism enabled by digital technologies. This year, 335 productions were submitted to the contest: 84 productions in the Interactive category, 102 productions in the Long category, and 149 in the Short category.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the judging of the 2021 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest took place entirely online between 16 January and 8 February 2021.

An independent jury consisting of seven digital storytellers and multimedia editors from around the world selected the winning productions. Meet the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest jury.

Photo Credits:
Still from I Have a Message for You by The New York Times