World Press Photo Invites Entries for Digital Storytelling Contest

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Elise Lufting, Director, World Press Photo Foundation
Elise Lufting, Director, World Press Photo Foundation

The World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest is now accepting entries that include professional photography in combination with, but not limited to, audio and visual elements like video, animation, graphics, illustrations, sound or text from professional visual journalists around the world.

The photo contest has eight categories: general news, spot news, contemporary issues, environment, portraits, nature, sports and long-term projects. The digital storytelling contest has three categories: interactive, long form and short form.

Winners will travel to Amsterdam to receive their prize during the World Press Photo Festival. The winners of Photo of the Year and Photo Story of the Year will also receive EUR10, 000 (US$11,073) each.

Entries must have been published in 2019 in English or with English subtitles.

The contest website opens for entries on December 2, 2019 and closes January 14, 2020 (12 noon CET).

Entries must be submitted via the official contest platform: https://digitalstorytellingcontest.awardsplatform.com/. Applicants should register or log in to their accounts (those already registered for the last contest can log in straight away); read the entry rules and categories; and start their entry (save it in-progress).

The Contest is only open to entries that include the work of a professional visual journalists who must provide valid proof of current professional status. Examples of documents that count as proof include, but are not limited to: a recent letter of reference (2018 or 2019) from a photo agency, photo editor, media organization, publication, production company; or membership document from a recognized press, photography or film association, which represents professional members; or proof of publication of (audio)visual material from 2019 or 2018, with applicant’s name visible as credit in either online or print format from a recognized media organization or publication; or journalism union membership card; or press card. Additional information to help clarify the professional status may be demanded from entrants.

Additionally, the visual journalist(s) must be the author(s) of the material submitted in his/her/their name and must be the copyright holder(s) or have been authorized by the copyright holder(s) to submit the material.

All entries must include the contact details of the visual journalist(s) and of the production’s contact person; a title, synopsis, general credit and complete list of the production team; and must either have English-language audio and/or text or must be subtitled in English.

Entries in all categories must be available online. The URL’s for the productions entered must be provided when submitting through the entry website. If links are password protected, the password must be indicated on the entry form.

The deadline for submission of entries is January 9, 2020 for the photo contest and January 14, 2020 for the digital storytelling contest.