A look at some of our nominees before we announce the winners

Tonight, we announce the 2023 One World Media Award winners at Curzon Soho in London. You can still get a ticket to attend and register for free to watch the livestream here

We are so excited to celebrate the 35th One World Media Awards! We’ve seen a wide range of underreported stories come in this year from more than 600 entries across 110 countries and now we can’t wait to share the winners with you. See all the nominees here

The stories are about an art studio in Cape Town, a family home in southern Brazil where a daughter fights cancer, a river in Western Kenya where multiple missing bodies were discovered. Each entry tells a captivating human story.

Under Poisoned Skies by Jess Kelly and Owen Pinnell that appeared in BBC News Arabic and has been nominated for the TV documentary award, follows the story of multiple neighbourhoods throughout Iraq that are uprooted by oil fields. The documentary focuses on the declining health of children in the area because of the heavy fumes. Ali Hussein Juloud is from Rumaila and is fighting leukaemia. He calls his home a “sacrifice zone.” His story, along with others, brings attention to the dangerous effects of emissions on health and climate.

Louise Donovan and Moraa Obiria are nominated for the Environmental Impact Award for, A toxic trash site in Kenya is making women sick. The Fuller Project piece calls attention to dumpsites that take a toll on the reproductive health of waste pickers, who are mainly women.

Mary-Ann Nobele’s, I Will Not Grow Old Here, which is in the running for the Podcast & Radio award, highlights the juxtaposition of Sandton and Alexandra, two different neighbourhoods in Johannesburg, South Africa. Some would describe Mary-Ann as part of the “missing middle” – too poor to pay for college but not enough to qualify for government money. For her education, she works five jobs. Her story is one of many in Alexandra of inequality and struggle.

How a Massacre of Nearly 300 in Syria Was Revealed is an investigative journalism piece in New Lines Magazine that is nominated for the Popular Features Award. The Syrian Military have committed systemic mass executions of civilians over the span of the 11-year war. New Lines delved into what really happened, looking closely at testimonies and interviews done within the regime. In a detailed account, the audience is given a clear understanding of the stages of the 2013 massacre, as well as how the reporters came to this knowledge.

One nomination in the News category takes the audience to Bangui, where Russian flags fly. Russia’s intervention is crucial and offers stability to the Central Africa Republic, according to some locals. Carol Valade and Clément Di Roma look into the ins and outs of the relationship in Russian Soft Power in The CAR

The One World Media Awards amplify underrepresented voices in the global south and this year’s nominees have done just that with their storytelling.