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China Daily staffer D.J. Clark to head WPPF contest jury

By Chitralekha Basu
China Daily staffer D.J. Clark to head WPPF contest jury
D.J. Clark, heads of the multimedia team of China Daily Asia Pacific

HONG KONG - The Amsterdam-based World Press Photo Foundation (WPPF) — widely regarded as an arbiter of standards in visual news presentation — announced on Wednesday the jury for their 2017 contests in photography and multimedia journalism, the latter now re-christened Digital Storytelling Contest.

The WPPF launched the annual Digital Storytelling Contest in 2011 to recognize new forms of visual storytelling enabled by digital technologies. The foundation has been running the annual photo contest since 1955.

Among the 39 jurors from 23 countries and regions, assigned to select the finest among entries to be received by WPPF this season, is D.J. Clark, who heads the multimedia team of China Daily Asia Pacific.

World Press Photo Foundation announced on Wednesday the jury for their 2017 contests in photography and multimedia journalism

Clark will be chairing the jury in the Digital Storytelling, Short Form, category which also has Norwegian professor of applied sciences Jon Petter Evensen and Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi on the panel.

This year, the WPPF is running the digital storytelling and photo contests simultaneously for the first time, said Lars Boering, executive director of WPPF.

The contests are open for submission from Dec 1, 2016 to Jan 6, 2017. Winners will be announced on Feb 13, 2017 and will be invited to the World Press Photo Festival of Visual Journalism in Amsterdam, in April 2017.

“This is a fantastic group of jurors offering a good representation of professional visual journalism,” Boering said, “and we are excited to see the outcome of their deliberations in February.”

“It's a tremendous privilege to be asked to judge the world's most respected multimedia competition. I am looking forward to chairing the short form team and learning from the entries and other judges,” Clark said.

Clark won prizes in the multimedia competition in four of the first five years the WPPF ran. He is the creator-presenter of the immensely popular short travel video series, Drone and Phone, published on China Daily Asia website (, in which he explores the quaint charm of some of the less-visited destinations in Hong Kong.

Under his leadership, the China Daily Asia Pacific multimedia team is fast adapting to advanced, sometimes even unprecedented, technologies, for example, the use of artificial intelligence.

With over 25 years of experience as a practicing video journalist and multimedia trainer, Clark has been setting new benchmarks in visual journalism. Originally from the United Kingdom, he has been working out of China for the last 10 years. His range is wide and multi-dimensional, in line with the ideals of free and fair journalism promoted by the WPPF.

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