Rory Pecks Award 2020 for Freelance Journalists and Filmmakers worldwide

Rory Pecks Award 2020 for Freelance Journalists

Rory Pecks Award 2020 for Freelance Journalists

Rory Pecks Award 2020 for Freelance Journalists

Applications are open for the Rory Pecks Award 2020. The Rory Peck Awards aim to give freelance journalists the ​​recognition they deserve, rewarding the most outstanding work​ produced each year and highlighting the significant contribution by freelancers to the international media industry.

For 25 years, the Rory Peck Awards has been celebrating the work of freelance journalists working in news and current affairs worldwide. These are the freelance reporters, filmmakers, photojournalists and camera operators who play a vital role in international newsgathering – and in keeping independent journalism alive.

Deadline: August 10, 2020


The Rory Peck Awards’ four categories recognise quality and impact of work, but also take into account individual endeavour and journalistic integrity. They are:
  • News Award, sponsored by Google: This Award recognises the work of freelance journalists in the video coverage of a news event where the focus is on the immediacy of the story.
            Duration: up to a maximum of 10 minutes
   *Broadcast news packages & agency feeds are accepted in this category. Portfolio submissions &  camera rushes are not.
  • News Features Award: This Award recognises the work of freelance journalists in video news features that take a more in-depth look at a story, beyond the immediacy of the news.
                Duration: up to a maximum of 30 minutes
  • Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs: This Award recognises the work of freelance journalists working in long-form current affairs video/film that examines a single issue, story or situation and has an impact on the viewer, policy or public awareness.
                Duration: up to a maximum of 60 minutes
  • Martin Adler Prize: The Martin Adler Prize honours a local freelance journalist or field producer working in any medium whose work with international media outlets has made a significant contribution to newsgathering, either through a single story or body of work. The aim of the prize is to highlight the dedication and talent of local freelancers who often work under challenging and difficult circumstances within their own country, and who go largely unrecognised.
The Martin Adler Prize is a unique chance to give global recognition to someone you have commissioned, admired, worked with or relied upon whose work has made a significant contribution to newsgathering. You may NOT nominate or enter yourself for this category.


  • Open to professional freelance journalists working anywhere in the world.
  • Only work by freelance journalists or filmmakers is eligible for entry.
  • Entries must have been first broadcast between June 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020 inclusive.
  • All entries must be submitted and titled as first broadcast.
  • All entries must have been broadcast or published by a recognised television channel, broadcaster, news agency, VOD/streaming platform or online news platform.
  • Re-versions of previously submitted entries will not be accepted.
  • You cannot submit the same entry into more than one category.
  • They particularly welcome self-funded work and entries from freelancers living and working in regions where it may be difficult to operate.

  • Upload film files: Your entry must be submitted as broadcast and uploaded with your entry form as a high-resolution digital film file. The preferred format is .MOV H264 (1920 x 1080) without timecodes. The file should be clearly titled with the name of the entrant and entry title.
  • Supporting materials: Entries not in English must be accompanied by a detailed and accurate storyline and translation, uploaded to the online entry form.
Click here to complete the entry form

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