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Pulitzer Center Update May 17, 2016

'Wasted: USA & South Korea' Receives 2016 Telly Bronze Award

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About a third of all the food we produce goes to waste. What we thoughtlessly leave to rot in fields...

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Garbage, garbage and more garbage. With nearly 25 million people and limited land space, Seoul is one of the world’s most densely populated cities—twice as much as New York City. This landfill is less than 45 minutes from downtown Seoul. Image by Karim Chrobog. South Korea, 2014.

The two-part documentary on food waste, "Wasted: USA & South Korea," produced by Karim Chrobog for Yale Environment 360, received bronze recognition for non-broadcast documentary in the 37th Annual Telly Awards. The film series was chosen from over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

Wasted food is the byproduct of wealthy and developed nations, yet its ripple effects are felt half a world away from our doublewide refrigerators and overflowing landfills. For this documentary, Chrobog looked at two developed countries that are on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of managing food depletion and waste: South Korea, now the world's largest food recycler in response to tough new legislation implemented over the last years, and the United States, the largest food waster in the world.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is one of the premier awards honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent some of the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

Chrobog was notified of his award after judging for the non-broadcast documentary category was completed. The full list of winners is available on the Telly Awards website.