March 25, 2014

Yesterday World Press Photo announced the winning productions of the 2014 Multimedia Contest. The three categories in which 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes were awarded are: Short Feature, Long Feature, and Interactive Documentary. The jury of Gabriel Dance, Liza Faktor, Ed Kashi (VII), Marianne Levy-Leblond, Grant Scott, Luis Weinstein, and Alan Stoga, was chaired by Jassim Ahmad, the global head of multimedia innovation at Reuters.

With 373 submissions Jassim Ahmad reflects on the growing medium, “It is remarkable that the number of entries to the contest has increased by one third since last year. The overall quality of submissions indicates that many more have a grasp of visual media – a promising indicator of things to come. The winners reflect many aspects of the human condition, such as family, culture, sport, conflict, and politics.”

First place winning productions were Long Feature: “Witnessing Gezi”, Short Feature: “Staff Riding”, and Interactive Documentary: “A Short History of the Highrise”. Watch these and all other winning films in the World Press Photo Multimedia Gallery.

In the contest press release, Jassim Ahmad is quoted, “There is clearly no one model for success in the practice. You can work in teams large and small; with the support of a major organisation or local community. The smallest stories can speak to wider truths. The possibilities of multimedia are immense.”

 View the full gallery of all winners here. For some deeper insight to the jury’s decisions check out these video interviews with the jury members about their selections.

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