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World Press Photo recently awarded the winners in the third annual World Press Photo Multimedia Contest. This year, international jury awarded multimedia stories in three categories; Online Shorts, Online Features and Interactive Productions. These stories are not only great quality but also celebrate to different ways of telling as story. Interactive documentary storytelling is a very exciting genre within documentary, a storytelling with limitless options. It´s an ever evolving genre and form of storytelling that will people will see more and more of.
All awarded multimedia stories are available to watch for free on World Press Photo’s website. Here are some great stories that make the most of the medium. The photos with this post are screen shots from the stories.
Living with a Secret – 2nd prize for Online Short, 2013. Amber, 12, was given the name Aron. She is one of increasing number of children in the US who see themselves as transgendered children and are questioning their gender identity.
Lost and Found – 3rd prize for Interactive Documentary, 2013. Charles W. Cushman was a hobbyist photographer who started talking color photos as early as 1938. His massive collection was discovered by coincidence in 1990 and luckily saved from the trash. One of his pictures is one of the first known color pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.
UnknownSpring – Honorable Mention for Interactive Documentary, 2013. UnknownSpring is an extraordinary portrait of the Japanese town Yuriage, a town that suffered badly in the tsunami 11 March 2011. Through interactive maps, survivors interviews, video and audio slide shows we learn how the survivors coped and continued with their lives.
Half-Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now – 2nd prize Multimedia Contest, 2012. When the Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened in April 1986, many of the city´s inhabitants were moved to The City of Slavutych in Northern Ukraine. However, many continued to work at the nuclear plant, but the final operating reactor was not shut down until 2000. Retired workers not only struggle on their small pension income, they als have to deal with the consequences of decades of radiation exposure.
America´s Dead Sea – 3rd prize Multimedia Contest, 2012. – Multimedia story about Salton Sea in the Colorado Desert of Southern California. Salton Sea is also the main location for documentary Bombay Beach (dir. Alma Har’el, 2011).
Prison Valley – 1st prize Interactive Productions, 2011. – Prison Valley is an interactive web documentary about the prison industry in Cañon City in Colorado, US.