The One World Media Awards celebrate the industry’s best media coverage of the global south. Spotlighting underreported stories that break through stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people across cultures.

To select the winners and nominees, 60 of the industry’s most distinguished journalists, filmmakers and media professionals gathered from every corner of the world for an intense, online jury day none of us will forget. From hundreds of entries, across 96 countries, we are thrilled to present the final winners and nominees for all 15 awards categories!

See below for the winners and nominees in each category or click here to watch the ceremony:

The One World Media Awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners:

Children in Conflict Reporting Award

Sponsored by Save the Children

Save the Children

Afghanistan Civilian Casualties – Vice News

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

Central African Republic Child Brides – Vice News

Cubs of the Caliphate – Sky News

In Limbo: ‘Isis Children’ in Prison – Mail & Guardian

IS Fighter Orphans in Libya – BBC News

Lost Generation – Vice News

A Man Made War Paid for by Women and Children – The GroundTruth Project

The Palestinian Kids Fighting Israel’s Occupation – AJ+

South Sudan’s Child Soldiers – Sky News

The Vulnerability Contest – News Deeply

Yemen Air-Strikes: Made in America – CNN

Digital Media Award

Sponsored by Google

China’s Muslim Internment Camps – BBC News

Coding Like a Girl – Al Jazeera English

El Helicoide: The Shopping Mall that Became a Torture Prison – BBC World Service

The Final Frontier: Who Owns the Oceans and their Hidden Treasures? – The Thomson Reuters Foundation

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

The Last Generation – The GroundTruth Project/ Frontline PBS

Made in America: Shrapnel in Yemen ties US Bombs to Civilian Deaths – CNN

Sex and the Sugar Daddy – BBC Africa Eye

Stealing the Kingdom: The Sacking of Wau Shilluk – African Defence Review

Yemen’s Skies of Terror – Al Jazeera Media Network, Digital Division

Environmental Reporting Award

The Amazonian Tribe Defending their Land with Technology – Al Jazeera Media Network, Digital Division

Brazil Dam Collapse: Bodies Pulled from Toxic Mud as Hope Fades for Survivors – The Guardian

Climate Change Creates a New Migration Crisis for Bangladesh – National Geographic

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

Day Zero: Cape Town – Vice News

The Defenders – The Guardian

Earthrise – Eco-cremation – Al Jazeera English

Gambians Fight Chinese Fishmeal Factory as Fish Prices Soar, Stocks Fall – News Deeply

How Climate Change is Plunging Senegal’s Herders into Poverty – IRIN News

A New Weapon In The War Against Plastic Waste – NPR

Unreported World – World’s Dirtiest Air – Channel Four Television

Voices of Paracatu and Bento – VideoFilmes and GloboNews

Feature Documentary Award

Freedom Fields – Huna Productions

Hebron: A Weapon of Life – BBC Arabic

Insha’Allah Democracy – 64th Street Media, LLC

In The Name Of Your Daughter – Defying Destiny Films

The Judge – Idle Wild Films, Inc.

Our Man in Tehran – PBS FRONTLINE

Soyalism – Elliot Films

A Thousand Girls Like Me – Afghanistan Doc House

Under the Wire – Arrow Media

Unsettling – Iris Zaki

International Journalist of the Year Award

Anas Aremeyaw Anas – Freelance

Bel Trew – The Independent

Guillermo Galdos – Channel 4 News

Inna Lazareva – Freelance

John Ray – ITV News

Mary Ann Jolley – Al Jazeera English

Mehdi Hasan – Al Jazeera English

Nima Elbagir – CNN

Orla Guerin – BBC News

Rina Chandran – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thaslima Begum – Freelance

New Voice Award

Ali Alibrahim – Verité Production

Jack Losh – Freelance

Kemi Busari – Premium Times

Kieran Guilbert – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Madlen Davies – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Melissa Fajardo – NowThis Media

Nawal Al-Maghafi – BBC Arabic

Oscar Lopez – Freelance

Simon Allison – Mail & Guardian

Yen Duong Do Bao – Freelance

Yousra Elbagir – Channel 4 News

Zia Weise – Freelance

News Award

Bloodshed at Gaza’s border – Channel 4 News

Cape Town Is Running Out Of Water – AJ+

Democratic Republic of Congo: The Forgotten Tragedy – Sky News

El Salvador: Deportees Return to a Gang-Ravaged Homeland – CNN

Fighting Ebola in a DR Congo warzone – France 24

Inside Venezuela’s Healthcare Crisis – Sky News

Mexico’s Drug Wars – BBC News

The Most Occupied City in the World? – AJ+

Mosul Destroyed – ITV News

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

Undercover with Nigeria’s Pushermen – CNN

Venezuela Markets – BBC News

Popular Features Award

7 Portraits of Young People Travelling in the Migrant Caravan – Teen Vogue

Climate Change is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi – Teen Vogue

The Feminist DJs in Uganda Taking Back the Night – CNN

Gaza: Three Generations Under Occupation – TRT World

Going the Distance – Rookie Mag

King of the Arena – Clouded Vision

The Muslims Who Want to Save Octopuses – The Atlantic

The Papier-Mâché Wizards of Mexico – Roads and Kingdoms

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

The Rising Voices of Women in Pakistan – National Geographic

Sex and the Sugar Daddy – BBC Africa Eye

Things Fall Apart – The Atavist Magazine

Radio & Audio Award

Supported by EBU

“The 77 Percent”: Music and Politics in Africa – DW

Colorism in South Sudan – Al Jazeera, The Take

From the Ground Up – BBC World Service

Gaza Outside Broadcast – BBC Today Programme

Indian Rave – BBC Radio 4

Mongolian Desert, Middle of the Summer – Czech Radio

Nigeria’s Patient Prisoners – BBC World Service

Niger’s Trafficking Trade – BBC Today Programme

The Number One Ladies’ Landmine Agency – BBC World Service

Poking the Establishment – CTVC

Singing for Survival in Cucuta – BBC World Service

A US Corporation Wants to Raze a Gold-Rich Mountain in Peru. Meet the Woman who Stands in its Way – PRI’s The World

Refugee Reporting Award

Sponsored by British Red Cross

British Red Cross

Another News Story – Wislocki Films Ltd

Britain’s Refugee Children – Channel 4

Dangerous Exit: Who Controls How Syrians in Lebanon Go Home – Refugees Deeply

Destination Europe – IRIN

Escaping Europe – BBC News

Faultlines – No Shelter: Family Separation at the Border – Al Jazeera English

Fleeing Hate: LQBTQ+ Migrants on the Caravan – NowThis Media

From Refugee to Commodity – The Weather Channel

From the Killing Fields to Exile Without Hope – The National

Rohingya One Year – VICE News

Tanzania Granted the Largest-Ever Mass Citizenship to Refugees. Then What? – The Christian Science Monitor

Unreported World: Venezuela’s Lost Children – Channel 4

Venezuela’s Refugee Crisis – The Financial Times

Short Film Award

Ballet and Bullets: Dancing Out of the Favela – VICE

Boko Haram HuntressAl Jazeera English, Witness

Georgia’s Rave Revolution – BBC

ISIS Children – Maraya Media

Korean Lovers in BaghdadAl Jazeera English, Witness

Little Pyongyang – Roxy Rezvany

Marielle and Monica – The Guardian

Nirvana – Dir: Jess Kohl / PrettyBird

Not With Fire But With Paint – Molly Manning Walker

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

Through Our Eyes: Syria – NowThis Media

Venezuela: Smuggling Dreams – Al Jazeera English, Witness

Special Award

Africa Uncensored – Kenya

Bihus.Info – Ukraine

Bulatlat – Philippines

Medyascope TV – Turkey

Nawaat – Tunisia

Radio Fresh – Syria

Radio Inzamba – Rwanda

Rappler – Philippines

Salam Afghanistan Media Organization – Afghanistan

Tiempo Argentino – Argentina

Television Documentary Award

Sponsored by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


After the Fall – VICE

Crossing the Line: Colombia’s Rebels – TRT World

Democracy Now! Special: Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara—A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony – Democracy Now!

Hotspots: On The Frontline- In The DRC, Ukraine and Libya – Sky

Journey in the Danger Zone: Iraq – BBC

Myanmar’s Killing Fields – Channel 4

Nigeria’s Stolen Daughters – BBC Two

Sweet Sweet Codeine – BBC Africa Eye

The UN Sex Abuse Scandal – Channel 4

Where Childhood Died – RT

Who Cares About Israel’s Thai Workers? – BBC News

Witness – Back to Kinshasa – Al Jazeera English

Print Award

A Suicide in Gaza – Sarah Helm for The Guardian

Ballots and Bloodshed: The Militarization of Local Politics in South Africa – Christopher Clark for Guernica

Can Peace-Builders End the War with Boko Haram? – Hazel Healy for New Internationalist

Dividing Lines  – Jack Losh for Granta

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

Men Kill Women Because They Can’: Inside El Salvador’s Devastating Femicide Crisis – Louise Donovan for ELLE UK

Niger: Europe’s Migration Laboratory – Daniel Howden and Giacomo Zandonini for News Deeply

Socotra Island: The Unesco-Protected ‘Jewel of Arabia’ Vanishing Amid Yemen’s Civil War – Bethan McKernan and Lucy Towers for The Independent

The Disco Diva of Saigon – Simon Stanley for Roads and Kingdoms

The Gangbusters of El Salvador – Sarah Esther Maslin for 1843

The Medicis in the Desert – Nicolas Pelham for 1843

Why Water is a Growing Faultline Between Turkey and Iraq – Erika Solomon and Laura Pitel for The Financial Times

Student Award

Absent – MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film, UCL

After the Silence – National Film and Television School

Anak Malaysia – MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film, UCL

Fake News Fairytale – National Film and Television School

Fantasia Warriors – MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film, UCL

On the Move – University of the West of Scotland

On the Wave of Life – MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film, UCL

Part of the Family – MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film, UCL

The Country Clinic – MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film, UCL

The Kingdom of Men – MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film, UCL

Unearthed – MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film, UCL

When Saving Lives Becomes a Crime – Goldsmiths, University of London

Women Entrepreneurs Reporting Award

Sponsored by the European Investment Bank

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.


The Energy to Stay: Senegal’s village of women | Al Jazeera | Carlotta Dotto


I Am Belmaya | Dartmouth Films | Sue Carpenter & Belmaya Nepali

Women Make Science: Ecuador’s Hidden Treasure | Al Jazeera | Ana Naomi De Sousa & Kata Karáth

Refugee Reporting Award

Sponsored by British Red Cross

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.


?When Can We Really Rest? | California Sunday Magazine | Nadja Drost


Coronavirus Crisis: Europe’s Migrant Camps | Panorama, BBC | Said Reza Adib

Dafa Metti (Difficult) | Tal Amiran

Television Documentary Award

Sponsored by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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.


?Agricultoras Violentadas
| Record TV | Mariana Ferrari


China Undercover | Hardcash Productions & Frontline PBS | Robin Barnwell

The Search for Assad’s Executioners | Al Jazeera | Mahmoud Al-Ken

Environmental Impact Award

Sponsored by WaterBear Network

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.


?Amazon Undercover | Pindorama Filmes | Estêvão Ciavatta


Mercury, chasing the quicksilver | InfoAmazonia | Bram Ebus

The Trees That Bleed: How rosewood is smuggled from Senegal into Gambia | BBC Africa Eye | Umaru Fofana


Special Mention:
Our Mothers’ Land | The Gecko Project & Mongabay | Leo Plunkett

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.


| LBx Africa | Sam Soko


The Art of Living in Danger

Writing With Fire | Black Ticket Films | Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh

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.


Drew Ambrose | Al Jazeera English


Fisayo Soyombo | Foundation for Investigative Journalism

Suadad Al-Salhy | Middle East Eye


Special Mention:
Bel Trew | The Independent

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 global south.


New evidence of Uighur forced labour in China’s cotton industry | BBC | John Sudworth


On the Frontlines of the Fighting in Azerbaijan | Vice News | Hind Hassan

Yemen: Sky News’ Alex Crawford investigates the killing of nine women and children | Sky News | Alex Crawford


Special Mention:
Climate ravage: Sea swallows parts of Senegal’s UNESCO World Heritage Site | Al Jazeera | Nicolas Haque

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.


Fateh Al Rahman Al-Hamdani | BBC News Arabic


Liz Oliva Fernandez  | Belly of the Beast

Rakan Abed El Rahman | Middle East Eye

Popular Features

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.


The War on Cuba | Belly of the Beast | Liz Oliva Fernández


Saving mums and their unborn babies | People Fixing The World, BBC World Service | Bara’atu Ibrahim

The all-women law firm helping prisoners get justice in Nigeria | Al Jazeera English | Nosmot Gbadamosi

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 global south. This may include specialist features such as sport, music, food and health.


Uganda’s Hidden Children | Al Jazeera | Beau Donelly


Imprisoned under the cover of Covid | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism | Madlen Davies

The next chapter for African genomics | Nature | Amy Maxmena

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.


Exodus: Uncovering a cult in KwaZulu-Natal | News24 | Nokuthula Manyathi


Africa Science Focus (ep. 17) | SciDev.Net | Njenje Chizu

On China’s New Silk Road (ep. 9) | Global Reporting Centre | Mary Kay Magistad


Special Mention:
All the Prime Minister’s Men (part 3) | Al Jazeera Investigations Unit, Al Jazeera English | Will Thorne

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.


Last Chance for Justice | BBC World News | Marina Shupac


Call Center Blues | Multitude Films | Geeta Gandbhir

Come over for a drink, kanchhi | Sikuma Rai

Special Award

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.


Myanmar Now | Myanmar


CONNECTAS | Colombia

IWACU | Burundi


Special Mention:
The Republic Knowledge Company | Nigeria

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 global south.


Last Chance for Justice
| UCL | Marina Shupac


On Tour
| UCL | Wen Huang

The Power of Choice | Cardiff University | Bii Carolyne Chepkoech


Special Mention:
The Seven Villages
| FAMU | Farah Abou Kharroub

Digital Media Award

Sponsored by Google News Initiative

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.


Violated in quarantine | Factual | Ketzalli Rosas Cervantes


The $5 Forests | 101 East, Al Jazeera | Drew Ambrose

The price women and girls are paying for Ethiopia’s war | Devex | Sara Jerving