Winner and Nominees of World Press Photo Online Video of the Year 2020

 

The foundation has announced the winners of the contest on its online channels on the 16th of April. Here is a look at the films from the 63rd edition of the awards.

Winner: Francois Verster/Simon Wood/Field of Vision

Scenes From a Dry City: What happens when a major metropolitan area runs out of water? This question is at the heart of Scenes From a Dry City, and one that is becoming increasingly urgent for the 4.5 million residents of Cape Town, South Africa. The city has been experiencing a severe water crisis since early 2017, when the municipal government began pleading with residents to conserve water. The engaging and often surprising vignettes expose the exacerbation of social inequality due to water shortage, and give a stark representation of the impacts of the global climate crisis.

Nominees of World Press Photo Online Video of the Year

The New York Times

‘It’s Mutilation’: The Police in Chile Are Blinding Protesters: When protests erupted in Chile in October 2019, the police cracked down violently, maiming nearly 3,500 protesters with pellets and rubber bullets, many of whom suffered serious eye injuries. ‘It’s Mutilation’: The Police in Chile Are Blinding Protesters brings us inside a busy eye trauma unit in Santiago where doctors are responding to “an epidemic” of severe eye injuries amongst protesters. This video lays bare abuses of power and heavy-handed security tactics that often leave irreversible damage to those fighting for democracy and justice.

Second prize: Ed Ou/Kitra Cahana/NBC News

 A Different Kind of Force – Policing Mental Illness: U.S. law enforcement officers are increasingly the first responders to incidents involving people with mental illness, but often lack the training to appropriately deal with these already-charged situations. In the San Antonio Police Department, a special plainclothes unit is trained specifically to handle mental health calls. Shot over several weeks, A Different Kind of Force — Policing Mental Illness gained incredible access to a 10-person unit responding to mental health related calls. Unflinching, intimate, and visceral, A Different Kind of Force – Policing Mental Illness gives an insight into the complex relationships between those living with mental illness, their loved ones, and the police.

To view the film, visit https://bit.ly/2RJs10s

Poster of A Different Kind of Force – Policing Mental Illness, Ed Ou/Kitra Cahana/NBC News.

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