Entries Open for Rory Peck Awards

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Rory Peck

The Rory Peck Trust, based in London, in the United Kingdom, which provides practical and financial support to freelance journalists and their families worldwide, is inviting professional freelance journalists and filmmakers around the world to send in entries for the 2023 edition of the Rory Peck Awards.

Established in 1995, the Awards highlight the significant contribution of freelance journalists to the international media industry and celebrate the most outstanding work produced each year. Since its inception, the Rory Peck Awards have recognised the talent and dedication of freelance journalists working in news and current affairs worldwide.

To be eligible for the Awards:

  • All entries must have been shot/produced/reported by a freelance journalist. For the purposes of the Rory Peck Awards, the term “freelance” is defined as someone who does not have a permanent or rolling contract or salary but may be on a retainer with one or more organisation(s), work to commission or be paid by the piece; entries must have first been broadcast/published between July 30, 2022 and July 17, 2023, inclusive.
  •  All entries must be submitted and titled as first broadcast/published.
  • All entries must have been broadcast/published by a recognised television channel, VOD/streaming platform, broadcaster, news agency, online news platform or other media outlet.
  • Entrants may submit one entry per category but cannot submit the same entry twice.

The Awards recognise quality, creativity and impact of work, across four categories which include News Award, News Features Award, Sony Impact Award, and Martin Adler Prize. They also take into account skill, endeavour and journalistic integrity.

The News 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. Agency feeds are accepted in this category. Duration should be up to 10 minutes in length.

News Features 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 should be up to 30 minutes in length.

Sony Impact Award recognises the work of freelance journalists working in long-form current affairs that examines a single issue, story or situation and has an impact on the viewer, policy or public awareness. Duration should be up to 60 minutes in length.

Martin Adler Prize Award honours a local freelance journalist or field producer working in any medium, whose work with international and domestic media outlets has made a significant contribution to newsgathering. The aim is to highlight the dedication and talent of local freelancers reporting in their own country who often work under challenging circumstances and who often go unrecognised. Self-nomination is not eligible for this category.

To enter for the Awards, entrants must register an account on the entry platform; complete the entry form and upload their video file(s); pay the entry fee (£50 per entry for organisations and media outlets, £30 per entry for freelancers). To encourage equal opportunities, a limited number of entry fee waivers are available to freelance journalists who cannot afford the fee.

This year’s ceremony will take place for the first time ever at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) on November 15, 2023 in London. A limited number of tickets are now on sale via the Awards website, which can be accessed here.

For any questions, or to inquire about the fee waiver, please contact the Awards team. Applicants can also visit https://rorypecktrust.org/awards/ for more information about the Awards. The deadline for submission of entries is July 17, 2023.