Celebrating underreported stories that break down stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people from different cultures

Established in 1988, the One World Media Awards recognise the best media coverage of developing countries, reflecting the social, political and cultural life of people around the globe.

Key dates:

  • Awards ceremony: 17 June 2019
  • Next call for entries opens: January 2020

What are the One World Media Awards?

  • The Awards recognise the best media coverage of developing countries, celebrating those whose work brings to light underreported stories
  • With 15 categories, the Awards highlight work from all media platforms and across a wide range of genres and themes
  • The focus is on stories, topics or issues in, about or related to developing countries
  • The Awards open for entries in January of each year, with the ceremony taking place in June

Why enter the Awards?

  • A unique opportunity to be recognised by some of the industry’s top professionals and to gain a wider audience for your work
  • The only Awards recognising excellence in international journalism and filmmaking specifically from and about developing countries
  • They are established, with 31 years of providing a platform for important stories to be shared and celebrated
  • They are diverse and open to entries from anywhere in the world

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The Nominees 2019

The One World Media Awards celebrate work across 15 categories and a wide range of media platforms, highlighting the unique role of journalists and filmmakers in bridging the divide between cultures worldwide.

Children in Conflict Reporting Award Digital Media Award Environmental Reporting Award Feature Documentary Award International Journalist of the Year Award News Award New Voice Award Popular Features Award Print Award Radio and Audio Award Refugee Reporting Award Short Film Award Special Award Student Award Television Documentary Award

Join us to celebrate the Award winners!

Monday, 17 June 2019

The winners in each category will be announced at the One World Media Awards ceremony at BAFTA in London. The Awards are a fantastic opportunity to view the best in documentary and journalistic coverage of developing countries, and to meet the teams behind the work.

The One World Media Awards are an opportunity to have your work recognised amongst the best in the industry

Every year, hundreds of entries from all over the world are judged by our panels of distinguished professionals, each carefully selected from the media and non-profit sectors for their wide ranging experience and expertise.

“Winning a One World Media Award is something all of us who cover stories overseas want to achieve. The awards recognise work that highlights a common humanity and creates empathy with each other. It’s an honour to receive it.”

Joshua Baker – Popular Features Award Winner 2018

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International Journalist of the Year Award

For a filmmaker or journalist working in any medium who has made the most outstanding contribution to international journalism during the past year.

Entrants can be based anywhere in the world. You should submit a maximum of four examples of work in any medium or mixture of mediums: TV or radio reports, film clips, videos, print articles, online articles from established online publications or websites.

Duration: If submitting multiple radio or TV/film pieces or clips, the total combined duration of these pieces must not exceed 30 minutes.

Please note that entrants who have entered this category in previous years are eligible to enter again as long as new work is submitted.

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Feature Documentary Award

For a feature-length documentary film that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

Duration: Entries to this category must be 50 minutes or longer.

Please note that films subtitled in English may be entered.

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New Voice Award

For a young filmmaker or journalist working in any medium, 32 years of age or under as of 14th February 2019, who has made a substantial contribution to international journalism during the year.

Entrants can be based anywhere in the world. You should submit a maximum of four examples of work in any medium or mixture of mediums: TV or radio reports, film clips, videos, print articles, online articles from established online publications or websites.

Duration: If submitting multiple radio or TV/film pieces or clips, the total combined duration of these pieces must not exceed 30 minutes.

Please note that entrants who have entered this category in previous years are eligible to enter again as long as new work is submitted.

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Television Documentary Award

Sponsored by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

European Bank

For a factual journalistic programme broadcast on television or online, either standalone or one episode from a series, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

Duration: Entries to this category can be up to one television hour in length.

Please note that entire series/seasons cannot be accepted as a single entry.

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Radio and Audio Award

Supported by EBU

For an audio feature, podcast, or single programme from a series, broadcast on radio or online, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

Duration: Entries to this category must not exceed 60 minutes.

Please note that entire series/seasons cannot be accepted as a single entry. Programmes in any language can be entered, however a transcription in English must be provided.

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Corruption Reporting Award

Sponsored by Transparency International

Transparency International

For a piece of media, including broadcast, online, print or film, that deals with any aspect of corruption in or related to the developing world, including investigative reports and features that show the effects of corruption on individuals or society.

Corruption is defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, including everything from grand larceny to petty bribery.

Please note that entire series/seasons cannot be accepted as a single entry.

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Print Award

For a feature article (750 words or longer) published in print or online that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world. This may include specialist features such as sport, music, food and health.

Please note that judges will consider only one feature article per entry. If the article is part of a larger series, please use the synopsis to give context, but do not include the entire series. Several individual articles from the same series can be submitted as separate entries if desired.

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Digital Media Award

Sponsored by Google

For websites, interactive online features, apps, interactive documentaries and other digital technologies that use creative and innovative techniques and content to extend knowledge and understanding of, and engagement with, the developing world.

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News Award

For a single television or online video news report or feature that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

Duration: Entries to this category must not exceed 15 minutes.

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Refugee Reporting Award

Sponsored by British Red Cross

British Red Cross

For a piece of media, including broadcast, online, print or film, that covers refugee and asylum-seeker issues by telling compelling stories that generate empathy, understanding and are reported on accurately and fairly.

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Student Award

For a piece of media, including film, radio, digital or print, made by a student as part of a journalism or filmmaking course at a university or film school that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

The work entered must have been completed within the qualifying period for entries and must be the same work that was submitted to the course, not a re-edited or updated version.

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Popular Features Award

For a piece of media, including broadcast, digital, print or film, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world through creative treatment of an issue. The media should reach a wider audience potentially less familiar with developing countries and issues and help to provide a more accurate, balanced perspective.

This may include entertainment programmes, dramas, docu-dramas, formats, sports coverage, comedies, reality shows and popular print features.

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Short Film Award

For a short film that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

Duration: Entries to this category must not exceed 25 minutes.

Please note that films subtitled in English may be entered.

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Special Award

Open only to media based in a developing country

For an independent media organisation based in a developing country using media to address social, cultural, political and economic issues. The Award seeks to recognise and encourage outstanding reporting that informs the public, provides an outlet for local people’s voices, creates a space for critical information and holds those in power to account.

For details on eligibility and how to enter the Special Award, please click here.

There is no entry fee for this category.

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Environmental Reporting Award

For a piece of media, including broadcast, online, print or film, that explore the relationship between people and the planet. In particular, we are interested in these areas: changing cities, climate change, energy, environmental health, environmental justice, food, water, wildlife and zero waste. However, any environmental topic or angle related to developing countries will be considered.

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Children in Conflict Reporting Award

Sponsored by Save the Children

Save the Children

For a piece of media, including broadcast, online, print or film, that accurately portrays issues related to children in conflict zones by telling compelling stories that generate empathy and understanding.

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Children in Conflict Reporting Award

For a piece of media, including broadcast, online, print or film, that accurately portrays issues related to children in conflict zones by telling compelling stories that generate empathy and understanding.

Sponsored by Save the Children

Save the Children

 

Nominees 2019

Auto Repair Shop Jump-Starts Ugandan Child Soldiers into New Lives – The Thomson Reuters Foundation

IS Fighter Orphans in Libya – BBC News & BBC Arabic

Lost Generation – Vice News

 

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Digital Media Award

For websites, interactive online features, apps, interactive documentaries and other digital technologies that use creative and innovative techniques and content to extend knowledge and understanding of, and engagement with, the developing world.

Sponsored by Google

 

Nominees 2019

How Nigeria’s Fear of Child ‘Witchcraft’ Ruins Young Lives – Al Jazeera Media Network, Digital Division

Sex and the Sugar Daddy – BBC Africa Eye

The Last Generation – The GroundTruth Project/ Frontline PBS

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International Journalist of the Year Award

For a filmmaker or journalist working in any medium who has made the most outstanding contribution to international journalism during the past year.

 

Nominees 2019

Guillermo Galdos – Channel 4 News

Inna Lazareva – Freelance

Orla Guerin – BBC News

 

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Environmental Reporting Award

For a piece of media, including broadcast, online, print or film, that explore the relationship between people and the planet. In particular, we are interested in these areas: changing cities, climate change, energy, environmental health, environmental justice, food, water, wildlife and zero waste.

 

Nominees 2019

Critically Endangered Giant Fish on Menu at Luxury Restaurants – Rachel Nuwer for National Geographic

Gambians Fight Chinese Fishmeal Factory as Fish Prices Soar, Stocks Fall – Nosmot Gbadamosi for News Deeply, Oceans Deeply

Voices of Paracatu and Bento – VideoFilmes and GloboNews

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Feature Documentary Award

For a feature-length documentary film that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

 

Nominees 2019

A Thousand Girls Like Me – Afghanistan Doc House, Films du Tambour de Soie, Marmitafilms

Freedom Fields – HuNa Productions & SDI Productions Ltd

The Judge – Idle Wild Films, Inc.

 

 

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New Voice Award

For a young filmmaker or journalist working in any medium, 32 years of age or under as of 14th February 2019, who has made a substantial contribution to international journalism during the year.

 

Nominees 2019

Madlen Davies – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Yen Duong Do Bao – Freelance

Yousra Elbagir – Channel 4 News

 

Special mention to:
Kemi Busari – Premium Times

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News Award

For a single television or online video news report or feature that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

 

Nominees 2019

Cape Town Is Running Out Of Water – AJ+

Democratic Republic of Congo: The Forgotten Tragedy – Sky News

No Crisis Here: Venezuela’s Health Catastrophe – TRT World

 

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Popular Features Award

For a piece of media, including broadcast, digital, print or film, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world through creative treatment of an issue. The media should reach a wider audience potentially less familiar with developing countries and issues and help to provide a more accurate, balanced perspective.

 

Nominees 2019

Rebels with a Cause Elle UK x The Fuller Project for International Reporting

Sex and the Sugar DaddyBBC Africa Eye

The Muslims Who Want to Save Octopuses – Lisa De Bode for The Atlantic

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Radio & Audio Award

For an audio feature, podcast, or single programme from a series, broadcast on radio or online, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

Supported by EBU

 

Nominees 2019

Mongolian Desert, Middle of the Summer – Czech Radio

Nigeria’s Patient Prisoners – BBC World Service

The Number One Ladies’ Landmine Agency – BBC World Service

 

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Refugee Reporting Award

For a piece of media, including broadcast, online, print or film, that covers refugee and asylum-seeker issues by telling compelling stories that generate empathy, understanding and are reported on accurately and fairly.

Sponsored by British Red Cross

British Red Cross

 

Nominees 2019

Britain’s Refugee ChildrenChannel 4

Dangerous Exit: Who Controls How Syrians in Lebanon Go HomeCharlotte Alfred for Refugees Deeply

Tanzania Granted the Largest-Ever Mass Citizenship to Refugees. Then What?Ryan Lenora Brown for The Christian Science Monitor

 

Special mention to:
Unreported World: Venezuela’s Lost Children – Channel 4

 

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Short Film Award

For a short film that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

 

Nominees 2019

Marielle and Monica – Guardian Documentaries

Nirvana – Dir: Jess Kohl / PrettyBird

Riding ‘The Death Train’ to America’s Border – ITN/Channel 4 News

 

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Television Documentary Award

For a factual journalistic programme broadcast on television or online, either standalone or one episode from a series, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

Sponsored by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

 

Nominees 2019

Myanmar’s Killing Fields – Evan Williams Productions, Mongoose Pictures for Channel 4 Dispatches with PBS Frontline

Nigeria’s Stolen Daughters – Blakeway Productions for BBC Two

Sweet Sweet Codeine – BBC World News, Africa Eye

 

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Print Award

For a feature article (750 words or longer) published in print or online that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world. This may include specialist features such as sport, music, food and health.

 

Nominees 2019

A Suicide in Gaza – Sarah Helm for The Guardian

How to Topple a Dictator: the Rebel Plot that Freed the Gambia – Philip Róin and Mikkel Danielsen for The Guardian

Meet the Female Activists Standing Up To Fundamentalism In Eastern Yemen – Georgina Stubbs for The Sunday Times Magazine

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Student Award

For a piece of media, including film, radio, digital or print, made by a student as part of a journalism or filmmaking course at a university or film school that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

 

Nominees 2019

Absent – Jingjing He, Open City Docs MA Ethnographic Film at UCL

Anak Malaysia – Sarah Cowan, Open City Docs MA Ethnographic Film at UCL

The Country Clinic – Zhang Xinjie, Open City Docs MA Ethnographic Film at UCL

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Special Award

For an independent media organisation based in a developing country using media to address social, cultural, political and economic issues. The Award seeks to recognise and encourage outstanding reporting that informs the public, provides an outlet for local people’s voices, creates a space for critical information and holds those in power to account.

 

Nominees 2019

Bihus.Info – Ukraine

Radio Fresh – Syria

Salam Afghanistan Media Organization – Afghanistan

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