Digital Storytelling Contest

2021 Digital Storytelling Contest

    Entries for the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest are now closed.
    Nominees will be announced on 10 March 2021.

    2021 Contests Timeline

    • Entries open: 1 December 2020, 12.00 noon CET.
    • Entries close: Deadline extended: 13 January 2021, 12.00 noon CET.
    • Nominees announced: 10 March 2021
    • Winners announced: 15 April 2021


    The Digital Storytelling Contest, open to short documentary film and interactive productions, recognizes and rewards forms of visual storytelling enabled by digital technologies. The Digital Storytelling Contest awards visual stories in three categories

    • Interactive
    • Long
    • Short

    The 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest marks the 11th edition of the contest, first introduced in 2011 by the World Press Photo Foundation as the ‘Multimedia Contest’. The Digital Storytelling Contest celebrates the diversity of formats made possible by digital platforms and the constant developments in documentary film and interactive storytelling. The contest is open to digital storytellers, visual journalists, producers, and entry coordinators, with submissions that include the work of a professional visual journalist.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the judging of the 2021 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest will take place online.


    The Digital Storytelling Contest has two headline awards: the World Press Photo Interactive of the Year and the World Press Photo Online Video of the Year. These awards carry a cash prize of 5,000 euros.

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    Photo Credits:
    Still from River of Forgiveness by Helios Production Labs
    Still from Scenes From a Dry City  by Francois Verster/Simon Wood/Field of Vision
    Still from I Have a Message for You by The New York Times