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Eligibility and Criteria

The One World Media Awards span 15 categories, celebrating work from all media platforms and across a wide range of genres.

ELIGIBILITY

 

All entries should focus on stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world, including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia or the Post-Soviet States. Jurors will be looking for media that covers underreported stories or new angles and approaches to more familiar stories.

 

Entries must have had their first screening, broadcast, theatrical release, launch or publication between 14 February 2019 and 13 February 2020.

With the exception of the Special Award, all categories are open to entrants anywhere in the world, as long as the work meets one of the following criteria:

  • the entry has been broadcast, screened or published (in print or in an established online publication/website) in the UK

OR

  • the entry has been broadcast or published (in print or in an established online publication/website) internationally for a global English-speaking audience (in an international channel/publication/website with an outlet in the UK or distribution worldwide)

OR

  • the entry has been screened at an international film festival

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

 

Entries will be evaluated based on the overall merit of the piece, with an emphasis on:

 

Relevance of the coverage

  • The focus must be on stories or topics in, about or related to a developing country
  • Include the voices and views of people in/from developing countries

Quality of the coverage

  • Well-crafted, structured and engaging
  • High production and editorial values
  • Distils and presents complex topics to the target audience in an understandable and accessible way

Originality and creativity of the coverage

  • Highlights underreported stories or issues, explores new angles on familiar topics or challenges misperceptions and/or stereotypes of developing countries and people in/from those countries

Substance and accuracy of the coverage

  • Depth of research and analysis
  • Well-researched, accurate and balanced reporting

Impact and reach of the coverage

  • Demonstrates the actual impact or potential for the coverage to catalyse change
  • May have prompted additional media coverage or policy change

Consideration may be given to the total audience reached.

 

CATEGORY CRITERIA

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Popular Features
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.

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.

Radio & Audio Awards
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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

FAQs

 

When is the deadline for submission?
All entries must be submitted and paid for by 13 Feb 2020 to be considered for the awards. The submission portal will close at 23:59 GMT. 

Entries will not be accepted into the competition until payment has been received and this should be no later than the deadline of 13 February 2020.

How much does it cost to enter?
Each standard entry is £165, with discounted rates for freelancers (£40) and students (£25). Further discounts are offered to journalists/filmmakers from developing countries. Please fill out this form to be considered for the discounted rate. 

Entrants may submit any number of entries into any number of categories, but a separate online entry form and entry fee will be required for each.

Entry fees are non-refundable once paid.

Can I buy tickets for the OWM Awards ceremony?
Tickets will go on sale to the public in April. All nominees will receive one complimentary ticket. 

What are the broadcast date requirements for entries?
Entries must have had their first screening, broadcast, theatrical release, launch or publication between 14 February 2019 and 13 February 2020. For film and television entries, this includes scheduled screenings within recognised film, television and documentary festivals.

What materials are required if nominated?
Entrants whose work is nominated must be prepared to supply, within one week of notification: high resolution digital files or high resolution pdfs of print articles for use in the Awards ceremony, full credit information, synopsis of the entry and 3-5 high resolution images for publication in the Award winners’ catalogue, use on the One World Media website and in any publicity and promotional materials related to the Awards/One World Media in future years.

 

Please see Terms and Conditions of submission.