Eye Candy—Digital Storytelling Challenge

Keshet-DanceI was thrilled to be invited to judge this year’s TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge and even more thrilled to see how many powerful videos, and photos (both stills and slide decks/photo series)  were submitted.

There’s so much potential in visual storytelling, but photos (single or series) and video are still not part of the daily communications toolkit for most of us. They should be—these formats have unequaled power to engage, be remembered and shared by your network.

Take a look at the winners of this year’s Challenge to get some great ideas of how you can put picture power to work. Pay special attention to the winning photo and photo series. Still photos carry a lot of power but are frequently overlooked with today’s focus on video…

First-Place Video:  Dalit Freedom Network Canada

First-Place Photo: Keshet Dance Company
(photo at top left)

First-Place Photo Slideshow—Audience Choice:
Development in Gardening (DIG)



First-Place Video—Audience Choice:
Light of The Heart Community Art Therapy Project

I responded strongly to the way this video brings the power of art therapy—which has always been an abstraction to me—to life. That’s the power of visual storytelling.

What do you think? Do these models give you ideas for eye candy for your supporters and partners? Do the photos hold up to the videos? Please share your thoughts here.

P.S. You’ll find the second- and third place videos here. They’re definitely worth a look.

Nancy Schwartz in storytelling, Visual | 2 comments

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