De jury van de multimedia-prijzen bij World Press Photo heeft deze week de beste producties gekozen die in 2012 zijn gepubliceerd: in de categorie Online Short is dat Into the Shadows van Pep Bonet en Line Hadsbjerg, in de categorie Online Feature Too Young to Wed van Stephanie Sinclair en Jessica Dimmock en in de categorie Interactive Documentary Alma, a tale of violence van Miquel Dewever-Plana en Isabelle Fougère.
In een toelichting gaf juryvoorzitter Keith Jenkins (vernonden aan de Amerikaanse omroep NPR) aan dat de kwaliteit van het verhaal de doorslag gaf. Jurylid Samuel Bollendorf (fotogaaf en documentairemaker) voegde toe dat daarnaast belangrijk was dat de productie vernieuwend moest zijn en gelijkertijd van professioneel niveau. Waarmee volgens Bollendorf al te experimentele werken afvielen.
World Press Photo organiseerde dit jaar voor de derde keer een aparte jurering voor multimedia en ontving 287 inzendingen. Die zijn de afgelopen zes dagen allemaal bekeken door de jury. De winnaars van elke categorie ontvangen bij de uitreiking op 27 april ieder 1500 dollar.
Juryvoorzitter Jenkins toonde zich positief over de ontwikkeling van multimedia, waarvan hij de producties ieder jaar beter ziet worden. In het weekend van de prijsuitreikingen (Award Days) maakt de Britse wetenschapper David Campbell de resultaten bekend van een wereldwijd onderzoek naar de ontwikkelingen in multimedia en fotojournalistiek, dat hij doet in opdracht van World Press Photo en de FotografenFederatie.
De jurysamenstelling was dit jaar, naast Jenkins en Bollendorf:
Kang Kyung-ran, Zuid-Korea, producer en regisseur Frontline News Service
Susan Meiselas, VS, fotograaf
Patrick Mudekereza, Congo, schrijver en dichter
Bjarke Myrthu, Denemarken, stichter en baas van Storyplanet.com
Caspar Sonnen, Nederland, coördinator en curator nieuwe media IDFA DocLab
De winnaars (verder Engelste tekst):
1ST PRIZE ONLINE SHORT
Into the Shadows
Photography, direction and camera: Pep Bonet, Noor Images
Producer, script and interviews: Line Hadsbjerg, Remarkable World
Sound designer, music and multimedia editor: José Bautista, KanseiSounds
Summary: People from neighboring countries move to South Africa in search of a better life. In inner-city Johannesburg, many of them struggle for acceptance in the face of discrimination, but are resourceful and persistent in their hope for the future.
2ND PRIZE ONLINE SHORT
Living with a Secret
Photography, video and production: Arkasha Stevenson, Los Angeles Times
Executive producer: Marc Martin
Summary: An increasing number of children in the US are questioning their gender identity and seeking professional support at transgender clinics. Because of their age, the complex and emotional journey is as much their parents’ as their own.
‘Living with a Secret’ is the story of Amber, a soft-spoken, feminine 12-year-old who loves Hello Kitty and fashion design. When she was 10, she stopped going by her given name, Aaron, and began dressing as a girl.
3RD PRIZE ONLINE SHORT
Images: Jérôme Sessini, Magnum Photos for Le Monde
Editorial Director: Clément Saccomani, Magnum Photos
Producers: Antonin Sabot and Marie Sumalla, Le Monde
Photo Director: Nicolas Jimenez, Le Monde
Summary: A photojournalist in Aleppo, Syria is guided by a member of the Free Syria Army (FSA) to the front line in Al Arkub, a civilian neighborhood destroyed by bombing and now serving as a post for the FSA. They then move to the neighborhood of Bustan Al-Bacha, next to the area still under the control of the Syrian Army.
1ST PRIZE ONLINE FEATURE
Too Young to Wed
Executive producer, photographer and additional videographer: Stephanie Sinclair, VII Photo Agency
Director and cinematographer: Jessica Dimmock, VII Photo Agency
Production supervisor: Alina Grosman
Production assistant: Tesfaye Almnew
Translator: Simengnish Yekoye
Post production: Union HZ
Editor: Joshua Banville
Creative director: Jeremiah Zagar
Graphic design: Jonah Birns
Executive producer: Jeremy Yaches
Associate producer: Alice K. Dugan
Translator: Noel Mesfin
UNFPA and VII Photo Agency in association with Union HZ
Made possible with support from UNFPA
Special thanks: Christian Delsol, UNFPA Media Specialist
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Destaye and her husband spend their time working in the fields of Ethiopia and taking care of their six-month-old baby. At the time of their marriage, Destaye was 11-years old and still in school, but her husband expressed interest in letting her continue her education. Since the birth of their son, however, she has had to fulfill her duties as a wife and mother exclusively.
2ND PRIZE ONLINE FEATURE
Dying for Relief: Bitter Pills
Photography, video and production: Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times
Executive producer: Mary Vignoles
Summary: Edward Shut spent 111 nights at Malibu Beach Recovery Center detoxing and undergoing intensive therapy to fight his addiction to prescription drugs.
3RD PRIZE ONLINE FEATURE
Dreams on Freewheels
Director, photographer and video editor: Yang Enze, Southern Metropolis Daily
Producer: Tan Weishan
Text: Yang Enze and Lin Yang
Visual designer: Guan Jian
Sound effects and music: Chi Shuai
Voiceover: Lin Wei
Executive producer: Liang Yin
General producer: Wang Jingchun
Producer: Huang Changkai and Zhuang Shenzhi
Summary: There are seven members in the China Disabled Track Cycling Team. The team trained for four years to compete at an international level and took part in the 2012 London Paralympic Games. They won six gold medals, four silver medals, and five bronze medals. As a team, these individuals have a better life.
1ST PRIZE INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY
Alma, a Tale of Violence
Authors and directors: Miquel Dewever-Plana and Isabelle Fougère
Producers: Alexandre Brachet and Margaux Missika
Photography and camera: Miquel Dewever-Plana
Text and interview: Isabelle Fougère
Drawings: Hugues Micol
Art direction: Sébastien Brothier
Music: Greg Corsaro
Editing: Lydia Decobert
Animation: Jérôme Gonçalvès
Technical director: Maxime Quintard
Flash developer: David Desprès
Summary: For five years, Alma belonged to one of the most violent gangs in Guatemala City. She has committed murder, battery, and brutality. Brutalized herself, she has been jailed many times.
With 18 murders a day, Guatemala is a country undermined by violence. Alma is typical of her generation, where youths grow up in a world in which laws and justice are flouted with impunity. Families mired in poverty, despair, and alcoholism destroy each other in gang warfare that has become an ordinary way of life – and death.
She was sentenced to death by her ‘homies’ the day she wanted to quit the gang. Yet she survived the bullets. Although she will never walk again, she is striving to rebuild her life.
2ND PRIZE ONLINE INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY
Direction: Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison
Screenwriting: JB MacKinnon
Production: Loc Dao, Dana Dansereau, Rob McLaughlin, Bonnie Thompson and David Christensen
Installation co-creation: Lance Weiler
Web design and development: Jam3
Summary: Bear 71 is an interactive story told from the point of view of a female grizzly bear, dubbed ‘Bear 71’. Park rangers collared her when she was three-years old and tracked her through trail cameras. Her story speaks to how we coexist with wildlife in the age of networks, surveillance, and digital information en masse. The bear’s world is revealed through a script and the project features hundreds of ‘trail cam’ images of wildlife in the Rocky Mountains captured over the last ten years.
3RD PRIZE INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY
Lost and Found: Discover a Black-and-White Era in Full Color
Producer and reporter: Claire O’Neill, NPR
Designer and developer: Wesley Lindamood
Summary: In the 1990s, photo historian Rich Remsberg discovered a collection of photos in boxes headed for the trash. The photos showed a view of American history like he had never seen it. America in color, as early as 1938.
The photos Remsberg found had been taken by hobbyist photographer Charles W. Cushman and separated from a much larger collection. Fully reunified and now housed at Indiana University, the archive contains more than 14,000 photos spanning three decades typically depicted in black and white — including one of the first known color photos of a freshly-painted Golden Gate Bridge.
HONORABLE MENTION INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY
Director and photographer: Jake Price
Art director and programmer: Visakh Menon
Summary: Unknown Spring is an immersive online anthology that chronicles a community’s efforts to overcome the tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011 through interactive maps, survivor interviews, video, and audio slideshows, Unknown Spring is a project that provides a portrait of Yuriage, a town that was obliterated by the tsunami’s backwaters, and its residents as they try to move past their traumas and continue on with life.
World Press Photo is committed to providing a platform for innovative practice in the field of visual journalism. Photography is converging with other lens-based media. Documentary storytellers around the world are producing exciting work, which complements our established photo contest. With this in mind, World Press Photo has recently established a multimedia contest. There are three categories in the 2013 multimedia contest:
A film with a journalistic approach that was produced for the web and lasts no longer than 12 minutes. The production must include photography and/or film in combination with (but not limited to) animation, graphics, illustrations, sound, or text. Key to this report about a planned or unplanned news event is its news value and narration building, along with a proficient use of visual and other elements.
A feature film with a documentary storyline that was produced for the web. The production must include photography and/or film in combination with (but not limited to) animation, graphics, illustrations, sound, or text. The focus of this feature is skillful storytelling with a strong narrative, competently executed using visual and other elements.
An online interactive story or project. Productions must include photography and/or film in combination with (but not limited to) animation, graphics, illustrations, sound, or text. The documentary should employ interactivity, navigation, and design to create an inspired, visual user-experience that tells an original story with lasting impact.