Winners of Short 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: 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: Dayu Zhang/South China Morning Post

The ‘Thin Yellow Line’ Standing Between Hong Kong Police and Protesters: Acting as a human barrier to diffuse tensions between protesters and the police, volunteers of ‘Protect the Children’, recognizable by their bright yellow-vests, placed themselves on the frontlines of anti-government protests around Hong Kong throughout 2019. Through nuanced characters and stories, The ‘Thin Yellow Line’ Standing Between Hong Kong Police and Protesters highlights the impact citizen-led initiatives have on both protesters on the ground and towards the protection of democracy in Hong Kong. 

Third prize: The New York Times

Russia Bombed Four Syrian Hospitals. We Have Proof: Russia Bombed Four Syrian Hospitals. We Have Proof. is the culmination of a months-long investigation into the bombings of hospitals in Syria, and was the first report that publicly and definitively proved that Russia was responsible for these potential war crimes. The team from The New York Times traced four bombings in a 12-hour period, using visual and audio evidence to verify facts and prove Russia’s culpability in the strikes. The result is a skillful combination of advanced digital forensics and visual reporting, which has received recognition from the United Nations Security Council and human rights groups around the world.

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