Digital technologies have transformed how we produce and consume stories.
The World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest rewards those producing the best forms of visual journalism enabled by these changes.
The contest is open to digital storytellers, visual journalists, producers, and entry coordinators, with submissions that include the work of a professional visual journalist.
- 3 December 2018: The contest website opens for entries.
- 8 January 2019: Contest website closes for entries (12 noon CET)
- 11 April 2019: A representative from the nominated productions are invited to attend the 2019 Awards Show in Amsterdam during which the The World Press Photo Online Video of the Year, The World Press Photo Interactive of the Year, and all Digital Storytelling Contest winners will be announced.
- 11 – 13 April 2019: World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam.
All 3 nominees in each of the 3 categories are invited to the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam. A representative from each of the nominated productions will have their travel and lodging paid for by the World Press Photo Foundation. The nominees in each category will receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award, presented during the annual Awards Show.
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Digital Storytelling Contest Categories
2019 Digital Storytelling Contest categories
An interactive visual story or project in a form other than video, which through its design creates an immersive and/or innovative experience for the user. It must include photography and/or film in combination with (but not limited to) animation, graphics, illustrations, sound or text.
A single linear narrative, or series of linear narratives, on a single topic, produced as a video for the web, and lasting no longer than 30 minutes in total. The production(s) must include photography and/or film in combination with (but not limited to) animation, graphics, illustrations, sound or text.
A single linear narrative, produced as a video for the web, lasting no longer than 10 minutes. The production must include photography and/or film in combination with (but not limited to) animation, graphics, illustrations, sound or text.
Digital Storytelling Contest Entry Rules
2019 Digital Storytelling Contest entry rules:
1. 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:
- letter of reference from a photo agency, photo editor, media organization, publication, production company;
- membership document from a recognized press, photography or film association, which represents professional members;
- Proof of publication of (audio)visual material from 2018 or 2017, with your name visible as credit in either online or print format from a recognized media organization or publication;
- journalism union membership card;
- press card
The organization reserves the right to ask for additional information to help clarify the professional status.
2. The visual journalist(s) must be the author(s) of the material submitted in his/her/their name.
3. The visual journalist(s), or the agent or representative entering on their behalf, must be the copyright holder(s) or have been authorized by the copyright holder(s) to submit the material.
4. Agents or representatives entering on behalf of a production team confirm, by entering, that each member of the production team accepts all the entry rules.
5. Entries in all categories must have been produced or first published in 2018.
6. All entries must include the contact details of the visual journalist(s) and of the production’s contact person.
7. All entries must include a title, synopsis and complete list of the production team.
8. All productions must either have English-language audio and/or text or must be subtitled in English.
9. Entries must be submitted via the official contest platform. Entries sent in other ways will not be accepted.
10. Entries in all categories must be available online. The URL’s for the productions entered must be provided when submitting through the entry website.
11. All entries must be submitted by 8 January 2019 at 12.00 (noon) Central European Time in order to participate in the 2019 contest.
12. For entries that progress from the screening panel to the judging stage, producers must provide high-resolution production files and promotional materials (including a minimum of ten screenshots or stills and a trailer of one minute).
13. Copyright holders retain copyright of their work. Copyright holders whose productions are selected by the jury as nominees grant the World Press Photo Foundation unlimited non-exclusive use of these promotional materials for all activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest, the exhibition, the yearbook, the public archive, and all promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of the World Press Photo Foundation, without any remuneration being due. All nominees will be contacted prior to the nominees announcement on 20 February 2019 to provide the offline production files.
14. The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the material does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the World Press Photo Foundation specified in article 12. The copyright holders will hold the World Press Photo Foundation harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.
15. The Entry Rules and any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Entry Rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by Dutch law.
16. Any dispute arising from the Entry Rules (whether contractual or non-contractual) shall be decided solely and exclusively by the competent court of Amsterdam.
17. The conditions set out in the Entry Rules are binding, and the World Press Photo Foundation reserves the right to refuse or exclude any entry at its own discretion.