Highlights from the 35th One World Media Awards Ceremony

The 35th One World Media Awards Ceremony 2023, hosted by the BBC’s Yalda Hakim,  took place on 21 June at Curzon Soho in London and was streamed worldwide. You can watch the Ceremony here.

The Awards celebrate and recognise the best journalism from across the global south across 15 media categories

22 June 2023: More than 200 guests attended the annual One World Media Awards that were hosted by the BBC’s Yalda Hakim on 21 June at Curzon Soho in London. The event was also live streamed to a worldwide audience. Awards presenters included Marcus Ryder MBE from The Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Louise Hill from UNICEF UK. Awards categories were exclusively announced by guest presenters in the Philippines and Afghanistan from our past Special Award winners – Rappler and TOLOnews. 

The list of winners is available below and you can see the full list across categories here

Yalda Hakim said, “It’s been a huge honour for me to host this evening’s ceremony, to stand alongside all of the exceptional nominees and winners and reaffirm the vital role of journalism to understand the world’s challenges, solutions and humanity.”

The founders of POPLab from Mexico, who received the prestigious Special Award in person, said, “For decades the media in Mexico was complacent and accomplice to the government. When independent media emerged, concerned about transparency, human rights, gender equality and to fight against inequality, there was a surge in the country of aggression, murder and harassment of journalists and advertisements against the media. POPLab is an open journalist project, fearlessly independent. Above all it is an act of faith. We thank One World Media for this recognition that tells us we must continue to give a voice to those who want to tell their truth even if there are powers who try to silence us.”

Shiva Dustdar, head of the European Investment Bank Institute that sponsored the Women’s Solutions Reporting Award in partnership with Plan International said, “To me, women are the solutions as well. We’re not very often in the media. We are often represented as the victims but (women) are the change makers and the solutions. They have the voice, but without actually amplifying it and ensuring that voice is represented, (and) has a seat at the table, society will suffer.”

Among the winning media outlets were The Guardian, BBC Africa Eye and BBC Arabic, Radio Workshop in South Africa, Channel 4 News and MIT Technology Review. Winning entries were recognised across print, broadcast, audio, digital and multimedia platforms. The winners were from countries such as India, Brazil and Turkey. 

The One World Media Awards celebrate underreported stories and amplify underrepresented voices. These stories are crucial in bringing attention and action to parts of the world that are often left out of mainstream media coverage. The OWM Awards Ceremony is an annual opportunity to recognise the world’s best journalism and documentary filmmaking. We are proud of this year’s stories and storytellers who have produced creative and powerful reporting.