World Press Photo has announced a London-based imagery-expert, Jassim Ahmad as the jury chair of the 4th annual World Press Photo Multimedia Contest. The 2014 Multimedia Contest will open for entries at the beginning of December 2013.
Ahmad, 41, is the global head of multimedia innovation, in the media division of Thomson Reuters. He is responsible for developing high-impact visual storytelling, spearheading innovative news experiences, and tracking multimedia markets. Ahmad’s multimedia work includes Times of Crisis, Bearing Witness, and Surviving the Tsunami—all Emmy-nominated projects, which have also received such accolades as a PoYi Documentary Project of the Year award and Best Multimedia Feature from the Online News Association.
Ahmad was the driving force behind the highly acclaimed The Wider Image app, which combines Reuters’ visual reporting with information and interactivity, and aims to set standards for multimedia formats and techniques. You can read his full biography here: www.worldpressphoto.org/people/jassim-ahmad
Ahmad expresses his view on the next Multimedia Contest: “It is truly a privilege to chair the jury of the fourth World Press Photo Multimedia Contest. There are few opportunities to review such an array of international work. Though multimedia can no longer be considered new, it is still in a state of constant evolution in response to the changing media and technology landscape. I do not doubt the challenge of assessing entries given the variety of production environments and target audiences. Above all, I hope we will discover work that realizes the potential of the medium to bring us closer to stories that matter. The most exceptional productions should serve to inspire the next generation of visual journalists.”
An international jury of leading professionals from the fields of visual journalism and documentary storytelling will join Ahmad at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam, from 15 until 21 March 2014. The full list of judges will be announced later. In the 2013 contest, there were a total of 287 multimedia productions entered.