[Journalism] World Press Photo’s 2012 Multimedia Contest Winner
Remember the World Press Photo contest winners from earlier this year? Well, World Press Photo recently introduced (just last year, actually) a similar contest for multimedia and video entries. The winner is a stark, harrowing, and sobering documentary view into the Kommandokorps in South Africa, an apartheid-era relic that still lingers in the country.
“Kommandokorps in South Africa organizes camps during school holidays for young white Afrikaner teenagers, teaching them self-defence and how to combat a perceived black enemy. The group’s leader, self-proclaimed ‘Colonel’ Franz Jooste, served with the South African Defence Force under the old apartheid regime and eschews the vision of a multicultural nation.“
Second place piece Half-Lives features the Ukrainian town of Slavutych, which was set up by the Soviet government shortly after the Chernobyl incident to deal with the decontamination process.
The third place piece is called America’s Dead Sea and gives a glimpse into one of America’s biggest and surprisingly least-known environmental disasters: The Salton Sea, an abandoned resort area 30 minutes away from Palm Springs created by an accidental flooding of desert lowland.