World Press Photo Foundation invites applications for the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest for visual creators and storytellers worldwide.

Muyi Xiao, chair of the 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest jury, 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.”

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.

Worth of Award

  • The winners of the headline prizes ‘World Press Photo Interactive of the Year’ and ‘World Press Photo Online Video of the Year’ both receive a cash prize of €5,000 euros.
  • The awarded productions are showcased to a global audience, and included in the World Press Photo exhibitions which feature the Digital Storytelling Contest.

Eligibility

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 Digital Storytelling Contest is only open to entries that include the work of a professional visual journalist. Every visual journalist 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 (must be from 2019 or 2020) from a media organization, publication, production company, international documentary film festival, photo agency, photo editor; OR
  • membership document from a recognized press, photography, film or media association, which represents professional members; OR
  • Proof of publication of (audio)visual material from 2020 or 2019, with your name visible as credit in either online or print format from a recognized media organization, publication, or international documentary film festival; OR
  • journalism union membership card; OR
  • press card

How to Apply

  • Register or log in to your account (if you registered for the last contest, you can log in straight away);
  • Read the entry rules and categories;
  • Start your entry (save it in-progress);

Deadline: The 2021 Digital Storytelling Contest is open for entries until January 12, 2021, 12.00 (noon) CET.

Click here for more details and to apply