Applications are currently being accepted for the One World Media Awards for Journalists and Filmmakers in UK 2021.
Established in 1988, the One World Media Awards recognise the best media coverage of the global south. Across 15 categories, the awards celebrate and recognise stories that breakthrough stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people across cultures.
The Awards look to champion stories that demonstrate originality, creativity, and the potential to catalyse change. All entries should highlight under-reported stories or issues, or explore new angles on familiar topics.
Of particular importance is how the story is told: Is it amplifying voices that are normally unheard? Is it an inspiring story that will create change? Does the story challenge misperceptions or stereotypes?
Worth of Award
The One World Media Awards affords applicants the following benefits:
- A unique opportunity to be recognised by some of the industry’s top professionals and to gain a wider audience for your work.
- Exposure to the only Awards recognising excellence in international journalism and filmmaking specifically from and about the global south.
- Wealth of experience from 32 years of providing a platform for important stories to be shared and celebrated.
All entries should focus on stories, topics or issues in, about or related to low- and middle-income countries across the global south. This includes countries across 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 13 February 2020 and 16 February 2021.
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 an established print/online publication/website) internationally and is available for an English-speaking audience; OR
- the entry has been screened at an international film festival.
Entries for the One World Media Awards will be evaluated based on the overall merit of the piece, with an emphasis on:
Relevance, originality and creativity of the coverage
- Highlights underreported stories or issues
- Explores new angles on familiar topics
- Challenges misperceptions and/or stereotypes of the global south
Substance and accuracy of the coverage
- Depth of research and analysis
- Accurate and balanced reporting that highlights the voices and perspectives of people in and from the global south
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
- Entries need to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and representation in areas, such as: subject representation, themes and narratives, project team, industry access and opportunities for diversity in audience development.
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
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 global south.
Environmental Impact Award
For a piece of media, including broadcast, online, audio, print or film, that explores the relationship between people and the planet. In particular, we are interested in these areas: changing cities, the climate crisis, 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 global south.
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.
For a single television or online video news report or feature that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the global south.
New Voice Award
For a young filmmaker or journalist working in any medium, 32 years of age or under as of 16th February 2021, who has made a substantial contribution to international journalism during the year.
For a piece of media, including broadcast, digital, audio, print or film, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the global south through creative treatment of an issue. The media should reach a wider audience potentially less familiar with global south and help to provide a more accurate, balanced perspective.
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 global south. This may include specialist features such as sport, music, food and health.
Podcast & Radio 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 global south.
Refugee Reporting Award
For a piece of media, including broadcast, online, audio, 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 documentary film that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the global south. The short film must be between 5 and 40 minutes.
For an independent media organisation based in the global south 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 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 global south.
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 global south.
Women Entrepreneurs Reporting Award
For media, including broadcast, digital, audio, film or print, that explores women’s entrepreneurship in the global south. Reporting can showcase stories of successful female entrepreneurs, the challenges women face in trying to grow their businesses, and/or the critical role that women entrepreneurs play in economic development by boosting growth and creating jobs.
- 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 the requisite 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.
- Entries will not be accepted into the competition until payment has been received and this should be no later than the deadline.
How to Apply
Applications are to be made online via the official website.
Deadline: All entries must be submitted and paid for by February 16, 2021 to be considered for the awards. The submission portal will close at 17:00 GMT.