March 11th, 2015

Tim Matsui, TIME Win Top Prizes in 2015 World Press Multimedia Contest

Time magazine has won first prize for short documentary in the World Press Photo contest for film titled Behind the Video of Eric Garner’s Deadly Confrontation With New York Police. In the long feature category, photographer Tim Matsui has won first prize for The Long Night, a documentary he produced in conjunction with MediaStorm about teenage prostitution in Seattle. Last month, Matsui won POYi’s Documentary Project of the Year for the film.

A film titled {The And}, which explores the dynamics of relationships between couples, won first prize for Interactive Documentary. It was written and directed by Topaz Adizes and Nathan Phillips

Runners up in the multimedia competition included The New York Times, which won second place in the short documentary category for a video by Ben C. Solomon about the Ebola outbreak in Monrovia. Carlos Spottorno won third prize for his video called At the Gates of Europe, about a wave of refugees from Africa since the Arab Spring uprisings.

The second place winner in the long feature category was Charles Ommanney, who won for his documentary The Fence, about the barriers along the US-Mexico border. Photographer Shiho Fukada and MediaStorm won the long feature third prize for Japan’s Disposable Workers: Net Cafe Refugees, about white collar workers with low-paying, dead-end jobs.

There was no second or third prize winner in the Interactive Documentary category.

Winners of the multimedia prizes were announced today by World Press Photo organizers in Amsterdam. Jurors for the contest included Dan Chung, Hussain Currimbhoy, Barbara Davidson, Bob Sacha, Samuel Bollendorff, Louis-Richard Tremblay, Adnaan Wasey, and Sarah Wolozin. Marianne Lévy-Leblond, a web producer at ARTE France, chaired the jury.

The winning videos can be viewed on the World Press web site.

Related:

Ed Kashi, Tim Matsui Win Top Multimedia Prizes at 2015 POYi
PDN Video Pick: A Spotlight on Underage Victims of the Illegal Sex Trade
Picture Story: Japan’s Disposable Workers (PDN subscription required)

February 5th, 2014

Pulitzer Center Releases Annual Report Highlighting Photography

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, which provides funding to journalists and news organizations, allowing them to carry out independent, in-depth reporting, released its 2013 annual report today. Several projects involving photographers were among those highlighted in the report, providing a good overview of the types of work the Center is funding, and the types of projects the media is willing to publish, given the means.

They included:

Sea Change, the multimedia story on ocean acidification created by The Seattle Times and staff photographer Steve Ringman (our story about the creation of Sea Change is here.)

A series of photo stories and reports on Japan’s collapsing social safety net, including images by Shiho Fukada. (Our story on Fukada’s project on Japan’s “disposable workers” is here.)

An issue of Poetry magazine dedicated to Afghan landau poems and women’s rights, with photographs by Seamus Murphy. (For more on Murphy’s coverage of Afghanistan, beginning in 1994, see our story on his multimedia project, “Afghanistan: A Darkness Visible.”)

Documentary photographer Larry Price’s work on child labor in Philippine gold mines.

Reporting on gun violence in Chicago featuring photography by Carlos Javier Ortiz. (Our story about Ortiz’s long-term project, “Too Young to Die,” is here.)

And reporting on the perpetual conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo that includes work by photographer and filmmaker Fiona Lloyd-Davies.

Related Article: Getting Funding from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (available to subscribers with login).