Applications Open for Hinzpeter Awards for Bravery in Video Journalism

Sun-seok Won,
Co-Chairman of the HAOC
(Chairperson of the May 18 Foundation)

The Korea Video Journalists Association and the May 18 Foundation, a South Korean organization established to commemorate the 1980 Gwangju Uprising by continuing the Uprising’s spirit of struggle and solidarity, have announced the call for nominations for the 2024 Hinzpeter Awards that recognize video journalists worldwide who have reported on the crises of democracy, human rights, and peace in various parts of the world.

Launched in 2021, the awards honour the late German video journalist Jürgen Hinzpeter, who courageously reported on the May 18 Democratic Uprising in Gwangju, South Korea.

The awards feature four categories comprising three competitive categories and one non-competitive category, each carrying a prize of $10,000 and a trophy.

The categories are as follows:

  • World at a Crossroads Award (Grand Prize): Awarded to the most outstanding submission across all categories.
  • News: For video reports focusing on immediate issues related to democracy and human rights.
  • Features: For in-depth documentaries or special reports on democracy and human rights issues.
  • May Gwangju Award (Non-competitive): Recognizes the work of current or former video journalists who have significantly contributed to democracy, human rights, and peace.

An application can be submitted by an applicant or recommender on behalf of the applicant.

The awards are open for submissions from June 1 to July 7, 2024. An international jury will review the submissions, with winners announced in September. The award ceremony will take place on November 7, 2024, in Gwangju, South Korea.

For detailed guidelines and submission information, visit the Hinzpeter Awards Website. For inquiries, contact