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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.

Coronavirus Reporting Award Key Dates:

    • Entry deadline: Thursday 30 July, 2020
    • Nominees announced: September 2020
    • Winner announced: October 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
  • The Awards are open to journalists and filmmakers from all over the world
  • 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

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 One World Media Awards 2020

The 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 Impact 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

Catch up with highlights from this year’s awards

The 2020 winners were announced in an interactive online exhibition and series of livestream events. The awards are a fantastic opportunity to view the best in documentary and journalistic coverage of developing countries, and to hear from 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.

“Now, more than ever before the One World Media Awards are so important to highlight the silent work of journalists reporting real life stories in a world of fake news. I feel privileged that my work has been selected.”

Guillermo Galdos, Channel 4 News – International Journalist of the Year Winner 2019

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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

 

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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

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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.

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Environmental Impact 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.

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Feature Documentary Award

For a feature-length (over 40 minutes) documentary film that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

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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 13th February 2020, who has made a substantial contribution to international journalism during the year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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. The short film must be between 5 and 40 minutes.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Short Film Award

Nominees:

Lawaris: Karachi’s Unidentified Dead – Owen Kean for Vice

The Nightcrawlers – Alexander A. Mora for Genius Loki Films & Violet Films

Unreported World: Girls Behind Bars – Datshiane Navanayagam for Channel 4

Special Mention:
Somali Night Fever – Rachel Clara Reed & Megan Iacobini de Fazio for The Guardian

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Student Award

Nominees:

Isle of Us – National Film and Television School

Miss Curvy – National Film and Television School

Separation – MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film, UCL

Special Mention:
The Fish You (Don’t Know You Eat) – University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism

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Refugee Reporting Award

Sponsored by British Red Cross

British Red Cross

 

Nominees:

Enslaved on a British cannabis farm: ‘The plants were more valuable than my life’ – The Guardian

“I will not leave this place.” Refusing to become a refugee and other reflections from the heart of Congo’s ongoing conflict – Global Press Journal

Libya: The Infernal Trap – France 24

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Popular Features Award

Nominees:

In Refugee Settlements in Uganda, Survivors Grapple With How to Raise Children Born of Rape – Amanda Sperber for Glamour Magazine

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Nigeria’s Female Suicide Bombers – Stacey Dooley for BBC Three

Thailand’s Rebel Artists – Drew Ambrose for Al Jazeera

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Print Award

Nominees:

How to save a country from snakebite – Yao-Hua Law for Mosaic

I Can No Longer Continue to Live Here – Jill Filipovic for Politico Magazine

WWF’s Secret War – Tom Warren and Katie J.M. Baker for Buzzfeed

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Radio & Audio Award

Nominees:

AfroQueer Podcast – AQ Studios

Mothers of Invention – Doc Society

The Undercover Migrant – BBC World Service

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Television Documentary Award

Sponsored by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

 

Nominees:

The Beast – Record TV

The Yazidis Secret Children – BBC Persian

Undercover with the Clerics: Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade – BBC News Arabic

 

Special Mention:

The Husband School – Al Jazeera, Witness

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News Award

Nominees:

The targeting of ambulances in Idlib – Channel 4 News

Uighur Families – BBC News

Working the nightshift on malaria’s frontline in Sierra Leone – On Our Radar for BBC News Digital

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Children in Conflict Reporting Award

Sponsored by Save the Children

Save the Children

 

Nominees:

Inside Idlib: Kids scavenging trash for food in Idlib, Syria – Channel 4 News

Iraq: A State of Mind – BBC News Arabic

Lost Children of the Caliphate – BBC News

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Environment Impact Award

Nominees:

Logging is corrupting these islands. One village fights back—and wins – National Geographic

Rainforest on Fire – The Intercept

Silent Forests – Mariah Wilson for House Tiger Productions

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Digital Media Award

Sponsored by Google

Nominees:

Generation Gulag – Coda Story

SHELL SHOCKED – The Intercept

Treasure Hunters: The lost coins of Alexander the Great – BBC News Arabic

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New Voice Award

Nominees:

Naseh Shaker – Freelance

Oscar Lopez – Freelance

Shatha Hammad – Middle East Eye

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Feature Documentary Award

Nominees:

Defying the Cutting Season – Giselle Portenier for Defying Destiny Films Inc

The Letter – Maia Lekow and Christopher King for Circle & Square Films

Trial of Ratko Mladic – Henry Singer and Rob Miller for Sandpaper Films Production

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International Journalist of the Year Award

Nominees:

Alex Crawford – Sky News

Fisayo Soyombo – The Cable

John Sudworth – BBC News

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Special Award

Nominees:

Agência Pública – Brazil

Mail & Guardian – South Africa

Rappler – The Philippines

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