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We all have a story. Here at TechSoup, we're on a mission to empower you to tell yours. We believe that you're only as good as the technology at your disposal. So, we want to help match your intended efforts with the right tools to achieve your goals. That's what the Digital Storytelling Challenge seeks to accomplish every year. We want to help inspire and educate you to be able to tell your own story with confidence and with success.
At the 2013 Digital Storytelling Awards Gala on May 28, the community's successes were clear.
This year, we received more than 135 total submissions from social benefit organizations from far and wide! Our team was quite impressed with the quality of photos and videos submitted, and all the hard work that was put into each.
First up are our awards selected by our panel of judges, hard-working digital storytelling experts who flexed their skills to pick strong stories to receive award donations from our sponsors.
Congratulations to all of
these award winners, and collective gratitude to all the participants in this year’s digital storytelling challenge.
Without further ado...
Winning the 1st place award for best video story, may I present “Freedom to dream” by Charity Express/ Dalit Freedom Network.
Charity Express will receive:
Watch their story.
Virtually accepting the award on behalf of Charity Express was Britney Broadhead. She wrote, "First and foremost, I’d like to thank the Dalit Freedom Network Canada for letting us tell their story. Their compassionate hearts inspire us to do what we do.
I cried multiple times while making this short film and sifting through the footage provided to us by Chris De Souza and Ken Bartsch from YWAM in Wollongon, Australia. Hearing what those children want to be when they grow up motivated me to share the story with as many people as possible so that they would be able to realize their dreams.
As part of a new creative and strategic agency for charities, we are so honored and humbled to receive this award so early in our work. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts."
The shutter snappers at Keshet Dance Company based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico caught our judges' attention with their powerful slideshow titled "unlimited possibilities through dance," snapping up the first place prizes for best photo story.
Congrats to the Keshet Dance Company who will receive:
View their Flickr set.
We’re proud to present Youth Projects TV from Melbourne Australia with the 2nd place overall award for their submission titled: No one grows up wanting to be a drug addict.
Youth Projects TV will receive prizes from:
Watch their story.
Winning 3rd place overall is Water School based out of Vancouver Canada, for their story “the solar solution that is changing the world.”
They will receive prizes from:
Mike Snyder, the videographer for the Water School, was available online to accept the award. he said, "On behalf of everyone at Water School and Michael Snyder of Interdependent Pictures, thank you so much for this award and for and believing in our
story. We've seen the potential for simple, community empowerment focused
solutions to have a tremendous impact on some of the world's most pressing
health and sustainability issues. We know that the Solar Water
Disinfection Movement is something that will keep growing and we are proud to
be a catalyst and a partner in that process. We encourage you to spread
the message and keep up the good work that you do. Thank you again for your support. From Michael Snyder at Interdependent Pictures, and everyone at Water School."
For Best Photo Slideshow
Voted the top photo story by the community voice, here’s “Sowing Community” by Development in gardening (DIG).
DIG is a non-profit that improves the health and nutrition for people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans, young mothers, and other vulnerable populations in developing countries through sustainable community gardening. They do this by training people in agriculture and nutrition and providing resources to create projects that empower communities to meet their own needs.
DIG will receive a shiny new Lytro camera, thanks to our sponsors at Eventbrite with a value of $400. The Lytro camera is the only one of its kind that captures the entire light field, making photography a social sport by allowing you to focus in on pieces of the shot after you shoot - online!
For Best Video
Voted the top video story by the community vote, here’s “The Light of the Heart” video by the Light of the Heart Community Art Therapy Project.
Light of the Heart will receive a $400 gift certificate to Best Buy to spend on amazing production hardware and accessories.
For Veteran Storyteller
Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in
Latino Organization of the Southwest (affiliate of Chicaco Area Project)
TechSoup Special Projects
From CSi Train based
out of Hamburg Germany presenting the “best
story told using Second Life,” and Athens County Public Library in Ohio for the "best library" story.
Best Call to Action
Animal Legal Defense
Coffee Creek Quilters
Health, Education, and Youth
SHIFT Image Scoliosis
Neosho Freeman Family YMCA – Everyone
has a Y story – Strong Kids Campaign
Foundation Escalera – School Changes
Best Local Submission
Hands on Bay Area
Best International Submission
Save the Children India
Again, congratulations to all of the winners and participants of this year's challenge! Keep telling your amazing stories.