One World Media Awards 2015 Winners Announced

A record number of entries from around the world boosted the range of winners at this year’s One World Media Awards as Jon Snow hosted for the 20th year running…

A number of independents and freelancers joined the world’s finest international reporters at the Awards on 18 June at BAFTA, hosted for the twentieth year by Jon Snow. The Awards celebrate the best in media coverage of the developing world, reflecting the social, political and cultural life of people across the globe.

“It’s very easy to think of the developing world in terms of disasters and emergencies and we’ve had our share this year from Ebola to the Nepalese earthquake, but the Awards also unearthed some cracking tales of individual quirkiness and derring-do,” said Shyama Perera, Acting Director of One World Media.

“An interview with the Kenyan gay rights campaigner Binyavanga Wainaina topped the Press category, and an uplifting story about Morocco’s morchidats – a group of Islamic women chosen to provide spiritual guidance and empower young girls – won the first Women’s Rights in Africa Award.”

Documentary film Virunga, about the fight to save Africa’s oldest national park, won the accolade for best Documentary and also took home the Corruption Reporting Award. Channel 4 News’ Guillermo Galdos was named International Journalist of the Year for the second year in a row for his reports from across Latin America.

As well as the newly launched Women’s Rights in Africa Award, sponsored by the African Development Bank, this year saw the first Refugee Reporting Award, sponsored by the British Red Cross. The winner was Ivaasks Films for Evaporating Borders, a documentary about asylum seekers in Cyprus. This year’s Special Award, given for an outstanding media organisation in the developing world making a real impact, went to Welad ElBalad, Egypt’s only network of independent local newsrooms.

Now in their 27th year, the One World Media Awards have a long track record of rewarding excellence in media coverage of and from the developing world. They highlight the unique role of journalists, filmmakers and broadcasters in increasing cultural understanding and promoting fairness and justice worldwide.

One World Media Awards 2015 Winners:

Television Award – sponsored by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Silent River, SplitFrame Media

Documentary Award – sponsored by Bertha Foundation
Virunga, Grain Media & Violet Films

Radio Award
Afghan Women: Speaking Out, Losing Lives, BBC Radio 4 & BBC World Service

News Award
Ebola – The Body Collectors, Sky News

Corruption Reporting Award – sponsored by Transparency International
Virunga, Grain Media & Violet Films

New Voice Award
Freelancer Katerina Vittozzi

Women’s Rights in Africa Award – Sponsored by African Development Bank
Casablanca Calling, Redbird

Popular Features Award
Panorama: Ebola Frontline, Blakeway Productions for BBC

International Journalist of the Year Award
Guillermo Galdos of Channel 4 News

Digital Media Award – sponsored by Google
Pirate Fishing, Altera Studio for Al Jazeera English

Refugee Reporting Award – sponsored by British Red Cross
Evaporating Borders, Ivaasks Films

Press Award
Tim Adams’ article Out in Africa: Why the Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has spoken out about being gay in Observer New Review

Short Film Award
Bruce Lee – King of the Sewers, Ecostorm for Channel 4 News

Student Award
Julia Dahr, Goldsmiths University of London for KISILU: I’ll Start With Myself

Special Award
Welad ElBalad, based in Egypt

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