“Swan Song” Receives 3rd Prize in 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest

MediaStorm is proud to announce that Swan Song has been awarded 3rd Prize in the Online Feature category of the 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest. Swan Song follows the story of Marilyn, diagnosed with dementia at age 58, and her daughters as they refocus their lives to care for her during her most precious years. They try to juggle it all until they are forced to make a heartbreaking decision. The film grew out of a project commissioned by the Neighborhood Centers Inc. to profile the organization’s work in the city of Houston. While documenting the stories of the people the organization works with everyday we discovered “The Greer Girls.” Swan Song takes a deeper look into this amazing family of women dealing with dementia, using their personal narrative to illustrate the struggles of families dealing with this difficult disease. First place in the Online Feature category was awarded to Witnessing…

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Worth Clicking: Olympian Helmets, Photographers Talk Back, Cool Apps & A “Get Better” Attitude

All links are hand-picked by the MediaStorm staff for your enjoyment this weekend. Cheers! 45 photographers pick their best photo apps. [XYO Blog] Follow This American Life producer Miki Meek's Instagram travel diary. [New York Times Magazine] Young people swap clothes with grandparents and parents for charming photo series. [22 Words] Shaena Mallett, a documentary and fine art photographer, captures feelings of deep loss in You Were Here. [A Still World] John Stanmeyer, World Press Photo winner for contemporary issues, talks through his award winning photograph. [thinkTank Photo on Vimeo] Industry leader MaryAnne Golon of The Washington Post interview and photo journal. [NPAA] The incredible benefits of a "get better" versus a "be good" mindset. [99u] Olympians get creative with helmut designs. [Imgur] Sochi Photo Firehose streams Olympic photos as they are downloaded. [New York Times] A disturbing look at the violence faced by the LGBT community of Russia. [Human Rights Watch on YouTube]  

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World Press Photo Introduces Free Education Platform “Connected Learning”

Connected Learning is an open and free education platform on Facebook spearheaded by World Press Photo Academy. The first course, "Storytelling," is an extension of a face-to-face multimedia workshop happening now with ten selected participants from North Africa. Over the next ten weeks the Academy will be sharing tips and links provided by the trainers: Cédric Gerbehaye, DJ Clark and Matt Ford together with behind-the-scenes material from the face-to-face multimedia course.  Tutorials, assignments and video interviews with multimedia and photography professionals will also be made available to Facebook participants. Visit the Connected Learning Facebook page for more information.    

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Tim Hetherington Grant Calls for Applications

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch invite press photographers and photojournalists around the world to apply for the third Tim Hetherington Grant. The annual grant, worth €20,000, will be awarded to a photographer to complete an existing project on a human rights theme.

The judges will look for the qualities that defined Tim’s career when reviewing the applications: work that operates on multiple platforms and in a variety of formats; that crosses boundaries between breaking news and longer-term investigation; and that demonstrates a consistent moral commitment to the lives and stories of the photographic subjects.

Fernando Moleres received the second Tim Hetherington Grant in 2012 for his project “Waiting for an opportunity”.


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An In-Depth Look at Multimedia Trends Around the World

In a pioneering study commissioned by World Press Photo, Dr. David Campbell examines current practices in multimedia against the background of the disruption in the traditional media economy and the revolution in how people consume news today. Visual Storytelling in the Age of Post-Industrialist Journalism The project, which ran from July 2012-April 2013, aims to map the global emergence and development of multimedia in visual storytelling, especially photojournalism. The study examines these issues through a comparative look at multimedia trends in three parts of the world: the USA, Europe, and China. In each of these locations, the research team asked five questions: How is multimedia being produced? How is multimedia being financed? How is multimedia being published and distributed, and who is publishing/distributing multimedia? How are viewers consuming multimedia? Which types of multimedia attract the most attention, and what are the criteria of success? Download the full research report and join in…

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