Welcome to the 2023 One World Media Awards

Marking its 35th Anniversary, the One World Media Awards celebrates the best journalism from around the world

The One World Media Awards are now open for entries!

The 35th One World Media Awards open for entries on 5 January 2023. Accepting applications from around the world, the Awards will look for underreported stories from the global south that bring a topic to worldwide attention or explore new angles on familiar issues.

One World Media was started by a group of journalists for more quality reporting from the global south. Since then, through nearly 400 Awards, more than 1000 journalists and filmmakers have been recognised, including Katerina Vittozzi of Sky News, Sune Engel Rasmussen who covers Afghanistan, Iran and North European affairs for The Wall Street Journal and reporting duo, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Our Awards have also highlighted some of the biggest and best media houses around the world such as Al Jazeera, BBC, Maria Ressa’s Rappler and TOLOnews in Afghanistan.

At our previous Awards ceremony, Gaelle Borgia, who won in the News category for her story about Madagascar’s famine in AFP said,

“The OWM Award is a chance for me to prove that it was worth fighting for the truth and excellence in our work. It is a chance to put neglected, isolated countries in the spotlight. It gives me hope for the future of international journalism.”

The jury for the Environmental Impact category in 2022 said,

“There was a real array of content, from stories around fishing, indigenous communities and climate change to monkey populations. All entries were written well, but there were a few that stood out because of the tangible impact and beautiful narratives.”

Looking ahead to this year’s Awards, One World Media’s Director, Gemma Bradshaw says,

“The Awards reiterate why telling stories is important, shining a light on people and places that we often don’t hear from. In a world that is increasingly polarised, OWM Award winning stories help us see that we all have shared struggles and celebrations and they can shift deep rooted stereotypes.”

Complete details on selection and eligibility criteria can be found here. This year, we’re accepting submissions in 15 non-fiction categories, across audio, broadcast, digital, photojournalism and print media. There are also specific Awards for environmental impact, women’s solutions reporting and refugee reporting. The complete list of categories is available here.

We look forward to receiving another stellar set of entries this year, advancing our mission of encouraging strong, vibrant and independent media coverage of the global south that empowers citizens, promotes justice and creates social impact.

The deadline to apply for the Awards is 9 February 2023. Winners will be announced at the ceremony.