“The Last Generation” Wins World Press Photo’s Inaugural Interactive of The Year Award
This is the first time FRONTLINE has won a World Press Photo award, and The Last Generation is the first project to ever win a World Press Photo award in this category. The World Press Photo’s website notes that the Interactive of the Year Award “celebrates the production that creates engaging interactive storytelling through skillful editing and design and effective synergy of form and content.”
The Last Generation offers a close look at climate change in the Marshall Islands, a low-lying island nation. Produced by Michelle Mizner and Katie Worth, the project is told through the eyes of three children living in the Marshall Islands: 12-year-old Wilmer, 14-year-old Julia and 9-year-old Izerman. The three Marshallese children share their hopes and fears for the future as they grapple with the possibility of seeing their homeland disappear due to rising sea levels.
“This is an important and urgent story about climate change,” says World Press Photo Contest judge Sara Kolster. “It was a clever choice to tell it from the perspective of children: the generation that has to deal with the effects of climate change. It gave them an important voice and made the stories very personal.”
“It is thrilling to win this World Press Photo award, because it recognizes not just the crucial, compelling stories that three Marshallese children generously shared with us, but also the gorgeous way those stories were filmed by producer Michelle Mizner, designed by Dan Nolan, and developed by Ly Chheng. What a privilege to work with such talent,” says Worth.
“Stories about climate change are uniquely difficult, and so our team thought deeply about how people would connect with such an outsized, complicated issue,” says Mizner. “We challenged ourselves to innovate in order to break through, and to have the project be recognized for that is very meaningful.”
“It is remarkable to see The Last Generation honored with this inaugural award,” says FRONTLINE Executive Producer, Raney Aronson-Rath. “At FRONTLINE, we’ve been working hard to tell stories creatively in new forms, new ways and new places – and with the visual journalism in this interactive documentary, Katie and Michelle did just that. We’re grateful to the World Press Photo Contest for this recognition.”
The winners of the 62nd World Press Photo Contest were announced on Thursday, April 11 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. You can see a full list of this year’s winners here.
The Last Generation has previously been honored with a Scripps Howard Award and Overseas Press Club citation in March 2019, an Online Journalism Award in September 2018, and was cited in FRONTLINE’s duPont-Columbia Gold Baton win in December 2018. You can experience the award-winning interactive documentary here.