2015 Winners

The 27th annual One World Media Awards took place on 18th June at BAFTA in London.

In 2015, the annual One World Media Awards moved into its 27th year, taking place for the first time at BAFTA, with long-time presenter Jon Snow. Chairman John Willis kicked off the evening by introducing a new video voiced by Bob Geldof, which showcased One World Media’s work in training the next generation of journalists and filmmakers.

Highlights of the ceremony included documentary Virunga taking home prizes in two categories, the Corruption Reporting Award and the highly lauded Documentary Award, supported by the Bertha Foundation. Al Jazeera’s Juliana Ruhfus accepted the award for the network’s innovative online investigation Pirate Fishing, while Katerina Vittozi, a young freelancer based in Ghana, won the New Voice Award, for up-and-coming journalists making an impact through their reporting. The Special Award winner was Egyptian news platform Welad ElBalad, which is bringing news to a wide audience despite government restrictions.

Journalist of the Year Award

WINNER Guillermo Galdos – Channel 4 News

Rania Abouzeid – Politico, National Geographic, New Yorker.com

Martin Chulov – The Guardian

Radio Award

WINNER Afghan Women: Speaking Out, Losing Lives – BBC Radio Four & BBC World Service

File on 4: Ebola – Simon Cox, BBC Radio 4

Inside the Osama Bin Laden Imam School – Mobeen Azhar, Heart and Soul, BBC World Service

Student Award

WINNER Kisilu – I’ll start with myself – Julia Dahr, Goldsmiths University of London

Esta Vida (This Life) – Lyttanya Shannon, National Film and Television School

Gay and Married in China – Qiong Zuo, University of Westminster

Honourable mention: Rusting Assassins – Patrick Ward, Bournemouth University

Corruption Reporting Award

Sponsored by Transparency International

Transparency International

WINNER Virunga – Grain Media & Violet Films

Africa Investigates: Uganda’s Temple of Injustice – Emmanuel Mutaizibwa Al Jazeera English

People’s Republic of Offshore – Gerard Ryle and ICIJ, www.icij.org

Short Film Award

WINNER Bruce Lee, King of the Sewers – Ecostorm for Channel 4 News

Portraits of Mogadishu – Roopa Gogineni and Trevor Snapp, VICE

Shipwreck – dir. Morgan Knibbe

Digital Media Award

Sponsored by Google


WINNER Pirate Fishing – Altera Studio for Al Jazeera English

Refugee Republic – Dirk Jan Visser, Bruno Felix, Jan Rothuizen and Martijn van Tol, Submarine

The Shirt on Your Back – Lindsay Poulton and Jason Burke, The Guardian

Popular Features Award

WINNER Panorama: Ebola Frontline – Blakeway Productions for BBC

Children of Kabul: A Newsround Special – Steph Atkinson, CBBC

This World: Clothes To Die For – Zara Hayes and Sarah Hamilton, BBC One

Honourable mention: Sex Slaves of Bangladesh – Tania Rashid, VICE News

Refugee Reporting Award

Sponsored by British Red Cross

British Red Cross

WINNER Evaporating Borders – Ivaasks Films

Lost – Caroline Moorehead, Intelligent Life

Surviving the Most Lethal Route in the World – Nuala McGovern, BBC World Service

Press Award

WINNER Out in Africa: Why the Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has spoken out about being gay – Tim Adams for Observer New Review

Ceausescu’s Children – Wendell Steavenson, The Guardian

Global health: Deadly dinners – Meera Subramanian, Nature

Television Award

Sponsored by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

European Bank

WINNER Silent River – SplitFrame Media

Inside Kenya’s Death Squads – Simon Boazman and Kris Jepson, Al Jazeera English

Pakistan’s Hidden Shame – Mo Naqvi and Jamie Doran, Channel 4

Honourable mention: Hunted – Liz Mackean, Channel 4 Dispatches

New Voice Award

WINNER Katerina Vittozzi – Freelance

Matt Sandy – Al Jazeera America

Courtney Weaver – The Financial Times/FT Weekend Magazine

Women’s Rights in Africa Award

Sponsored by African Development Bank

African Development Fund

WINNER Casablanca Calling – Redbird

Small Small Thing: The Olivia Zinnah Story – Jessica Vale, Al Jazeera English

War on Women – Dearbhla Glynn, IRIN News

News Award

WINNER The Desperate Struggle to Save Iraq’s Yazidis – ITN for ITV News

Ebola – The Body Collectors – Alex Crawford, Sky News

The Human Cost of the Qatari World Cup – Sue Lloyd-Roberts, BBC Two/BBC Newsnight

Feature Documentary Award

Sponsored by Bertha Foundation

Bertha Foundation

WINNER Virunga – Grain Media & Violet Films

Every Last Child – Tom Roberts, Image Nation

Miners Shot Down – Rehad Desai, Uhuru Productions (Pty) Ltd

Honourable mention: TB: Return of the Plague – Jezza Neumann, True Vision Productions

Special Award

WINNER Welad ElBalad – based in Egypt

FrontPageAfrica – based in Liberia

Tribal News Network – based in Pakistan