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Best of the Web

World Press has just announced the winners of its 2013 Multimedia Contest.  Led by Keith W. Jenkins, supervising senior producer for multimedia at National Public Radio, a panel of six judges spent six days in the World Press offices in Amsterdam evaluating the entries and choosing the winners of this year’s contest.

The World Press Photo Contest was launched in 1955 and is among the world’s most prestigious such contests. This is the third year for the multimedia competition.

This year’s winners are visually arresting and loyal to the basics of good storytelling.  The projects honored all show technical excellence, masterfully employing novel approaches to telling the story.

With all the new technology, from interactivity to immersive environments, what stood out most were the personal stories told from the perspective of the subject. A first-person account of growing up in the midst of violence and an examination of the pains of addiction, for example, prove that subject is king and technique is nothing without a good story.

I am very proud to note that two of my colleagues — Liz O. Baylen and Arkasha Stevenson — were among this year’s honorees.

And the winners are …

Online Short
First: Into the Shadows
By Pep Bonet, Noor Images
A multimedia blend of stills and video reveal the realities of moving to South Africa for a better life.

Second: Living with a secret
By Arkasha Stevenson, Los Angeles Times
A multimedia blend of stills and video that tells the story of Amber, a soft-spoken, feminine 12-year-old who was born a boy and longs to be a girl.

Third: Aleppo battleground [link in French]
By Jérôme Sessini, Magnum Photos for Le Monde
The first-person account of photographer Jerome Sessini as he filmed an avenue in Aleppo, Syria, called Dar Al-Ajazi, a hunting ground for snipers.

Online Feature
First: Too Young to Wed
By Stephanie Sinclair and Jessica Dimmock, VII Photo Agency
A worldwide story of child marriage, including first-person accounts of what it is like to be a child bride.

Second: Dying for relief: Bitter pills
By Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times
A Times investigative report reveals the complexities of prescription drugs in America through the experiences and accounts of both patients and doctors.

Third: Dreams on freewheels
By Yang Enze, Southern Metropolis Daily
The trials and tribulations of seven members of China’s Disabled Track Cycling Team.

Interactive Documentary
First: Alma, a tale of violence
By  Miquel Dewever-Plana and Isabelle Fougère
At age 15, a product of neglect and violence, Alma had already taken a life. This is a chilling first-person account of living in the midst of violence.

Second: Bear 71
by  Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison
An immersive multimedia experience that reveals the hidden life of a female grizzly bear that was monitored by wildlife conservation officers from 2001 to 2009.

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