WELCOME TO THE 32ND ANNUAL THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TO CELEBRATE JOURNALISTS & FILMMAKERS ALL OVER THE WORLd. We invite you to explore the extraordinary work of this year's award nominees and winners. Discover stories you've never heard before. Reconnect to familiar stories in new ways. Join us in celebrating underreported stories that break down stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people from different cultures... "Prepare to be inspired. These nominees are strong and impactful and hugely informative." LILIANE LANDOR, CHANNEL 4 NEWS NOMINEES Special Mention: Somali Night Fever, Rachel Clara Reed & Megan Iacobini de Fazio for The Guardian Lawaris: Karachi’s Unknown Dead Vice UK Owen Kean The Nightcrawlers National Geographic Genius Loki & Violet Films Unreported World 38: Girls Behind Bars Channel 4 Quicksilver Media
In Karachi, Pakistan, a man dies alone in an abandoned building. He is collected by an organisation which cares for the bodies of the destitute, the lost and the victims of violence in this mega-city - and the search for his identity begins.
This man’s lonely death and the mystery he leaves behind is sadly unremarkable. Each year, approximately 3000 unidentified corpses are found on the streets of Karachi. Sometimes they are drug addicts or migrant workers who came to the city in search of a better life; sometimes they are the victims of the sectarian clashes or gang violence. In this tightly packed city of over 21 million people, some get lost amongst the heaving mass of brick and bodies, ending up destitute and alone. They are all Lawaris: without an owner. Victims of this rapidly growing mega-city: the lost and destitute people created by rapid urbanisation.
With unprecedented access, The Nightcrawlers is an unflinching exposé of Filipino President Duterte’s war on drugs, in which some claim over 20,000 people have been killed. Raffy Lerma, a former staff photographer for a prominent newspaper, leads the Manila Nightcrawlers, a small group of determined photojournalists on a mission to expose the true cost of the violent campaign. In covering both sides of the conflict, The Nightcrawlers reveals a harrowing twist behind Duterte’s deadly crusade.
Unreported World travels to Madagascar, to meet some of the hundreds of ‘forgotten’ teenage girls. Accused of petty crimes they are held in an adult prison for up to three years - sometimes without their parents being told where they are - before their cases are heard in court.
Some estimates suggest 80 per cent of under-18s held in Madagascar’s prisons have never been to court. Reporter Datshiane Navanayagam and Director Leslie Knott follow the plight of one girl whose parents are unaware that she is even in prison. Saholy Rabensaolo, 17, was working as a maid for a doctor. Shortly after she asked to be paid her wages, her employer accused her of stealing, accusations that have landed her in a tiny jail cell for the last month, together with 30 other women. Many of the others are also young maids accused of petty crimes, but some are hardened criminals. and the winner of the short film award is... "The jury was blown away by this film. This documentary is undoubtedly an impressive and powerful watch. The camera offers the viewer a unique and close insight into the complex and hidden dark side of Karachi’s unidentified deaths." Short film award jury "The nominees show us the horrors of war, but also how brave and strong some children can be." SEAN RYAN, SAVE THE CHILDREN Kids scavenging trash for food in Idlib, Syria Channel 4 News Iraq: A State of Mind BBC News Arabic Lost Children of the Caliphate BBC News
In this moving film, Channel 4 News follows the children of Idlib, the last pocket of Syria holding out against the Assad regime. Surrounded by war and forced by poverty and destitution into scavenging through the scattered rubbish dumps that pockmark the countryside. Sifting through the rubbish for scraps to eat, or to sell, is their only means to survive. But by working together and looking out for each other they have found a way of getting through. One character, Reham, particularly stands out. The young leader ensures everything is shared out fairly and keeps an eye on the ever-increasing competition for the spoils of the dump. As presenter Jackie Long notes, “In any other life she would be top of the class, but there is no other life.”
In the past 50 years Iraq has endured three major wars, a violent coup, two invasions, a decade of bombing, two insurgencies, attack by IS, and a sectarian civil war. Living through such relentless bloodshed has taken a heavy toll on the nation’s mental health. More than one third of Iraqi children are thought to have moderate-to-severe mental illness and all social indicators, from divorce to suicide, show significant increases.
A year in the making, this BBC Arabic documentary explores the mental health crisis gripping the Iraqi people. There’s just one psychiatric hospital in the whole country and only one psychiatrist for every 300,000 people. Yet, as this film reveals, the biggest obstacle to overcoming Iraq’s mental health crisis is stigma.
When the British government insisted it would not repatriate anyone from Syria who had joined the Islamic State group and officials were also claiming there were no British orphans in Syria, this BBC team knew something was not right. They set out to find children who needed to be returned.
It took six months and many visits to displacement camps in Syria, often under the most difficult of circumstances. Eventually they found the children featured in this report. They were not listed on official camp documents. Good old fashioned leg work and determination turned them up. As soon as they found the children they shared all they knew with the Foreign Office, who then worked tirelessly to return the kids to British soil. It was the first time the government had repatriated British citizens directly from Syria. and the winner of the Children in Conflict Reporting award is... "Very few pieces of journalism can say that they have helped save lives or shifted foreign policy. As such, this piece stood out due to its impact on the plight of undocumented British orphans stuck in Syrian displacement camps. This was a wonderful piece of journalistic tenacity, uncovering an important story with respect and sensitivity." Children in conflict reporting award jury Logging is corrupting these islands. One village fights back and wins National Geographic Rainforest on Fire The Intercept Silent Forests House Tiger Productions
Foreign logging firms are stripping Solomon Islands of trees at a rate that could exhaust its forests within a few years. Local communities are being devastated in the process, with agricultural land ruined, water sources polluted and children and women at risk of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Endemic corruption often aligns government ministries, police and the judicial system with the loggers. This investigation shows the toll that unchecked logging is having on Solomon Islands and illustrates it through the rare story of a village that was able to fight back against a company operating illegally on their land.
Reported over weeks on the ground and subsequently confirmed through extensive legal and business documents, official reports and communications. As a result, the Malaysian logging company at the centre of the story has now been barred from operating in Solomon Islands.
Reported during spring 2019 in the southwestern Brazilian Amazon, this feature anticipated the historic fires in the region that would make global headlines that summer. The voices of indigenous communities are in the foreground. Living along the so-called economic frontier, they understood before anybody else that such fires were coming -- a natural consequence of larger and deeper cuts into the rainforest by loggers and ranchers.
The line between legal and illegal activity in the region has been blurred under the government of Jair Bolsonaro, which has signalled that violations of Brazilian environmental and conservation laws will not be punished. Those laws that remain, like prohibiting the destruction of indigenous land, are being rolled back. On-the-ground reporting layered with historical research shows the arc of development in the Brazilian Amazon and the memories of indigenous elders who have seen this often-violent process unfold over the course of generations.
An intimate, character-driven portrait of conservationists and activists who are fighting against all odds to stop forest elephant poaching in Africa’s Congo Basin region. After a study revealed that more than half the Central African forest elephant population has been lost to poaching in the last decade, there has been a concerted effort to save those that remain.
Silent Forests follows one of Cameroon’s first female eco-guards; a grassroots wildlife law enforcement group; a Congolese biologist studying elephant behavior; a reformed elephant poacher; and a team of anti-poaching sniffer dogs led by a Czech conservationist. As passionate and tenacious as these conservationists are, they are up against huge institutional challenges like corruption and lack of funding that threaten to derail all their attempts to fight for the future of the forest elephant. and the winner of the Environmental impact award is... "This powerful documentary expertly highlights the need for wildlife conservation and strengthening of law enforcement efforts. It is a powerful example of our intrinsic relationship with the planet and resonates globally, in a refreshing and deeply meaningful way." Environmental impact award jury "I was lucky enough to be a judge on this category, so congratulations to all of the nominees, because we loved listening to your pieces." GEMMA CAIRNEY, BBC RADIO Minneapolis to Mogadishu AfroQueer Podcast AQ Studios The Undercover Migrant BBC Mothers of Invention Podcast Doc Society
In 2018, a woman from Minneapolis named K went missing. She had traveled to Somalia to visit her grandmother. And then, she vanished. This story looks into K’s kidnapping by members of her family and her placement into a conversion camp - in an attempt to rehabilitate her and “cure” her of her homosexuality.
The podcast brings to light the urgent and unspoken issue of this particular kidnap-to-conversion industry, a booming business in Mogadishu. Hearing from K’s friends who fought tooth and nail to get her released and from K herself who gives a first person narrative account of the harrowing experience. In a media climate where stories of LGBT Africans by the western media tends to victimize, or where local African broadcasters villainize, the AfroQueer podcast is a highly reported, journalistic intervention into these narratives, presenting the naunced and complex realities of being Queer and African.
When Azeteng, a young man from rural Ghana, heard stories on his pocket radio of West African migrants dying on their way to Europe, he felt compelled to act. So he took what little savings he had, sold his small collection of livestock, and purchased a pair of glasses with a hidden camera in the frame.
Then he put himself in the hands of people smugglers and traffickers and travelled 3,000 miles on the desert migrant trail north, secretly filming as he went. On the way he saw extortion, slavery, and death in the vast stretches of the Sahara. Azeteng knew that if he made it home alive, his footage would provide a rare glimpse inside a journey that thousands of young Africans attempt each year, but many don’t survive.
Mothers of Invention is a podcast on feminist climate change solutions from (mostly) women around the world.
Women are more likely to be affected by climate change, so we’re listening to the women who are spearheading compassionate solutions. Former Irish president and chair of The Elders, Mary Robinson, along with writer and comedian, Maeve Higgins, dig into the biggest climate issues of our time with a new guest host every week. We learn how to cope, empower and enact change through the eyes of extraordinary women driving climate innovation– our mothers of invention. People-powered initiatives to new government policy to groundbreaking research to hard science. It’s not over till it’s over! and the winner of the Radio AND AUDIO Award is... "This podcast was engaging from start to finish. We were moved by Azeteng’s commitment and dedication to documenting the trials and tribulations of West African migrants to Europe. The quality and the depth of the reporting is apparent even to the casual listener." Radio + Audio award jury "There are exceptional talents emerging all over the world and they are already proving to be thought-provoking storytellers." Jamie Angus, Director OF BBC World Service Isle of Us National Film and Television School Laura Wadha Miss Curvy National Film and Television School Ghada Eldemellawy Separation University College London Wei Han
Haunted by the ghost of war, a stoic Syrian Barber is trying to build a home for himself and his family on a remote Scottish island. He must find a way to survive this new unfamiliar life and protect the memory of Syria for his young children.
When Uganda announces its first-ever beauty pageant for plus-size women, schoolteacher and single mother Namukasa Mariam seizes the opportunity. Hoping to gain strength by confronting past traumas (and her abusive ex-husband), she soon finds herself surrounded by national controversy, fierce rivalry and extravagant characters. Exploring timeless yet contemporary issues within a uniquely African context, Miss Curvy takes viewers on Mariam’s unforgettable journey through the extraordinary world of East African plus-size beauty pageantry.
Separation is an observational film, following a 11 year old girl called Rongju from Henan Province, China, who has been separated from her mother since she was 2 years old. This film mainly focuses on Rongju’s daily life with her younger brother and grandmother and
explores the relationship between Rongju and her family and the impact of the lack of parental care on her. and the winner of the Student award is... "Separation is an incredibly moving, character-led observational film that subtly unpacks many themes and topical issues in contemporary China. The jury thought the film was very well crafted and felt particularly devastated by the final scenes." Student award jury "Some of the investigations show just how important it is, in a proper documentary where you get beneath the surface of society in order to see exactly what is going on." Jonathan Charles, EBRD The Beast Record TV The Yazidis Secret Children BBC Persian Service Undercover with the Clerics: Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade BBC News Arabic
In an unprecedented documentary on Brazilian TV, reporters Romeu Piccoli, Michel Mendes, and Henrique Beirangê embark on a dangerous journey together with families who illegally cross Central America on a freight train to the United States. Willing to do anything, including die, the migrants seek a dignified life on American soil. They follow the despair of men, women and children fleeing from the misery and violence of armed groups. A long and dangerous journey on the death train. Each year, 150,000 people take risks on the trails of "La Bestia," 1,300 die on the way or are mutilated, according to the Mexican National Immigration Institute. In addition to traveling on the train, our reporters visit their countries of origin, interview a coyote exclusively and show the uncertainty of those who cross the U.S. border and turn themselves in to the authorities.
The Yazidis are an ancient religious minority and victims of one of the most brutal attacks by the so-called Islamic State. But they are a minority hiding a secret. Forced into sexual slavery, many of the Yazidi women still emerging from the ruins of the caliphate have had children with their Islamic State captors - children that were often their only solace through years of torture.
But, the Yazidi community is rejecting those children. Their mothers are being forced to make the heart-wrenching choice between abandoning their child born of rape and returning to their Yazidi families - or raising that child on their own, on the extreme fringes of society, never to return home. BBC Persian’s correspondent Nafiseh Kohnavard travelled across Iraq and Syria to find the women willing to talk about the choices they have had to make. And to tell their story - a story the Yazidi religious community wants silenced.
A hard-hitting undercover investigation in Iraq exposes a secret world of sexual exploitation. Some Shia clerics are using a controversial practice called mutah marriage - literally ‘pleasure marriage’, or ‘temporary marriage’ - to groom vulnerable girls and young women and pimp them out. They are being trapped into prostitution by a religious elite.
Working with an undercover reporter, Nawal Al Maghafi investigates Shia clerics at some of Iraq’s holiest shrines. A young widow alleges that a cleric sold her to a prostitution ring, while secret filming reveals another cleric conducting a mutah marriage with a girl he believes to be only 13. One cleric says that pleasure marriage with a child is halal: “Nine years old plus, there’s no problem.” Another cleric introduces a young woman to the undercover reporter. A day with her will cost $300 for the girl and $400 for the cleric. and the winner of the Television documentary award is... "A heart-breaking film that draws you in from start. It is a well told, concise, wonderful bit of storytelling that teaches the audience about a community we didn’t know about. The whole documentary was powerful." Television documentary award jury "The quality of research across all the entries was evident as was the abundance of highly memorable and unique voices central to engaging the audience." Louisa Compton, Channel 4 In Refugee Settlements in Uganda, Survivors Grapple with How to Raise Children Born of Rape Glamour Stacey Dooley Investigates: Nigeria’s Female Suicide Bombers BBC Three BBC Northern Ireland Thailand’s Rebel Artists Al Jazeera English 101 East
Rape has been a called a “defining characteristic” of the civil war in South Sudan. Speaking informally, a staffer at an international humanitarian organization that treats survivors of assault estimated that 95 percent of the female South Sudanese refugees that cross into Uganda fleeing the war have been raped. This has given rise to a generation of children born of sex by force, and often, gang rape, such that survivors who bear children of assault do not know who fathered the child. Glamour spent weeks with South Sudanese refugee women in Uganda talking to them over extended interviews and generally spending time with them to understand how they navigate their relationship with children born of rape.
Boko Haram are ranked as one of the world’s deadliest terror groups. They have shocked the world with their mass kidnapping of schoolgirls and used hundreds of women and girls as suicide bombers. On the tenth anniversary of the conflict in North East Nigeria, Stacey Dooley investigates Boko Haram’s deployment of female suicide bombers. She meets young women trained for suicide missions and challenges a former Boko Haram fighter on this tactical use of female bodies.
The documentary also investigates alleged war crimes, including arbitrary detention and extrajudicial killing, perpetrated by the Nigerian army during the conflict. In the third and final act, Stacey spends time with some of the extraordinary and brave women fighting for peace and a better future.
Al Jazeera English creatively used Thailand’s art scene as a backdrop to explore authoritarianism and repression in the lead-up to historic national elections last year. Since the 2014 military coup, the army has stifled creative freedom - galleries have been raided, works banned and artists jailed. But art censorship is controversial and receives scant media coverage.
Will You Cross The Line? takes an innovative approach to arts reporting, using multimedia gamification to place users in the shoes of a Thai art curator planning an exhibition of local artists. An episode of Al Jazeera’s flagship current affairs show, 101 East, is also embedded in the piece. Many artists were hesitant to be interviewed in this tense political climate. It took relationship building and trust to convince them to speak out. Al Jazeera’s unique and original approach to covering Thai art censorship unearths a creative movement simmering with discontent beneath a lid of state repression. and the winner of the Popular Features award is... "The jury unanimously agreed this piece was a worthy winner for its haunting descriptions of sexual violence. The jury appreciated that Amanda Sperber’s sensitive approach still didn't shy from highlighting the impact of war and the complex journey survivors of sexual violence face." Popular Features award jury "It’s so hard to make the decision when so many of the entries are of such a high calibre." Jeremy Bowen, BBC The Targeting of Ambulances in Idlib Channel 4 News ITN Uighur Families BBC News Working the night shift on Malaria's frontline in Sierra Leone BBC Digital On Our Radar
Channel 4 News revealed compelling evidence that the White Helmets, an internationally funded volunteer group dedicated to rescuing civilians, were repeatedly targeted by Russian and Syrian planes. If proven, this is a war crime. They show 26-year-old ambulance driver Mohamed al Shawa racing to an airstrike in the Idlib countryside. As the cameras continue recording the area near the ambulance is hit and Mohamed is seriously injured. Mohamed is rushed to hospital, another warning, another plane, another airstrike close to where they were a few minutes ago. Mohamed succumbs to his extensive injuries.
Channel 4 News couldn’t get to Idlib to investigate as the region is deemed too dangerous for journalists. Reporters painstakingly checked all the footage, mapped the location of the strikes and are satisfied the footage is genuine and the events occurred as reported. Rarely has such raw and revealing evidence been filmed so clearly and with such urgency.
Over the past year, a series of exclusive reports for the BBC’s Ten O Clock News, have found a way around the wall of intimidation and harassment to expose the full scale of what is happening to the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s western region of Xinjiang.
This report brings home the true human cost. It highlights a parallel system, operating alongside the mass incarceration of adults, designed to separate Uighur children from their parents – in an attempt to wipe out cultural identity at its roots. Drawing on Chinese government documents, satellite data and heart-rending testimony, this is journalism as damning evidence for one of the largest and gravest violations of human rights in the world today.
The lights go out. Dr Gbondo races out of the Intensive Care Unit. The children she’s caring for are on oxygen and they will struggle without power. When, finally, the electricity supply has been fixed, Dr Gbondo reveals that a baby who was on oxygen has died. It’s the start of a long night shift for the doctors at Ola During Hospital in Sierra Leone, on the frontline of the fight against malaria. Around half of their cases tonight will be children with malaria. The Night Shift is an emotional journey that reveals what it’s really like for the doctors on the frontline against malaria. It reveals the challenges facing the fight against malaria, but also shows the power of free healthcare and quick treatment in saving the lives of mothers and young children.
and the winner of the News award is... "Uighur Families packed an incredible amount of journalism into just a few minutes. The jury unanimously felt it did what is at the core of the One World Media Awards; giving a voice to people who are not otherwise being heard. The deeply disturbing stories are backed up by in depth research and a commitment to follow leads no matter where they went." News award jury