Winners of Long Category | Digital Storytelling | World Press Photo


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.

First prize: 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.

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.

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

Third prize: Shirley Abraham/Amit Madheshiya/Field of Vision/The Guardian/Pulitzer Center

The Hour of Lynching: Vigilante Violence in India: A powerful and shocking story of a nation beset by communalism and majoritarian Hindu nationalism, The Hour of Lynching: Vigilante Violence in India exposes attacks against Muslim dairy farmers by Hindu vigilantes. These mobs have set themselves upon Muslims on the accusation of trafficking cows–a sacred symbol for Hindus–for slaughter. Since the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of India in 2014, 47 people have been murdered in cow-related orchestrated hate crimes, 76 percent of which were Muslim. The Hour of Lynching: Vigilante Violence in India is a harrowing account of one family’s grief as the result of ‘cow vigilantism’ and their struggle for justice, amid terrorising Hindu nationalism – led and championed by the state apparatus.  

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