Too Young to Wed, by executive producer, photographer and videographer Stephanie Sinclair and Director and cinematographer Jessica Dimmock, has been awarded first prize for an online feature at the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest.
In the film, Fifteen-year-old Destaye and her husband spend their time working in the fields of Ethiopia and taking care of their six-month-old baby. At the time of their marriage, Destaye was 11-years old and still in school, but her husband expressed interest in letting her continue her education. Since the birth of their son, however, she has had to fulfill her duties as a wife and mother exclusively.
The international jury of the 2013 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest has awarded prizes in three categories: Online Short, Online Feature and Interactive Documentary. The 2013 jury chair, Keith W. Jenkins, said of this year’s awards, “What we see in the winners this year is a high level of sophistication. The entries were uniformly high in quality. This is an evolving field that each year should, and does, produce higher quality projects.”