© Justin Maxon and Jared Moossy

A still from Justin Maxon and Jared Moossy’s World Press Multimedia Award-winning project, When the Spirit Moves.

Multimedia stories created by Zachary Canepari, The Washington Post, Justin Maxon and Jared Moossy have been honored in the World Press Photo 2017 Multimedia Contest. World Press announced the winners of their seventh annual Multimedia Contest on February 14. The competition honors multimedia projects in four categories: Immersive Storytelling, Innovative Storytelling, and Long- and Short Form.

The Immersive Storytelling first prize went to The Dig, a digital interactive project that teaches users about interpersonal relationships by asking what they would do if they were in certain relationship situations. The project was produced by interactive studio The Skip Deep and Murmer, a creative technology studio.

A New Age of Walls,” part of a multimedia project produced by The Washington Post, won first prize for innovative storytelling. Through text, video, photography and design, the piece looks at the movements to build new border walls and other barriers to immigration in Europe, the United States and elsewhere.

The Long Form first prize was awarded to co-directors Justin Maxon and Jared Moossy for When the Spirit Moves, a project that explores the parallels between education and crime in the impoverished, predominantly African American community of Chester, Pennsylvania.

First prize in the Short Form category went to Claressa, director Zachary Canepari’s film about boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, from Flint, Michigan, who in 2012 became the first woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal in boxing. The film picks up Claressa’s story in 2015 as she tries to determine what course her life and career should take, and leaves Flint to prepare for the 2016 Olympics.

For a full list of multimedia projects honored, visit the World Press Multimedia Contest site.

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