Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the judging of the 2021 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest will take place online. The jury will judge entries over several rounds between 16 January and 8 February 2021.

2021 Digital Storytelling Contest jury chair

Muyi Xiao, reporter and video producer in The New York Times Visual Investigations team, will chair the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest.

Muyi Xiao has previously worked for ChinaFile, Tencent News and Reuters, covering China from both inside and outside its borders. In 2019, she co founded Chinese Storytellers, a community serving and elevating Chinese professionals in the global media industry. She was the executive producer of the film Down from the Mountains, which was awarded 1st prize in the Long Form category of the 2018 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest. She was a jury member of the 2019 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest.

I feel honored and humbled to chair the 2021 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest jury... This year is special and challenging for everyone, much has happened (and is still happening) and many of us have been directly impacted. I am sure the submitted work will also reflect the weight and uniqueness of the year, and I look forward to experiencing each and every piece,” said Muyi Xiao.

She encourages all digital storytellers to enter: “The more people who submit their work, the more we all can learn. It is less about scoring work and giving out awards and more about the discussions that happen in the process and the reflections we have upon engaging with stories.”

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