With films and footage from Bangladesh, the USA, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Venezuela and the Mediterranean Sea, this year’s finalists explore poverty, race, conflict and exodus through nine very human - and some deeply personal - stories. Their outstanding work shows that freelancers are at the forefront of news and current affairs across the globe, despite increased threats. 
SCROLL DOWN to find out more about this year's finalists and click through to see clips from their work. 
This year's winners will be announced at the Rory Peck Awards 2018 ceremony at London's BFI Southbank on Thursday 1st November in a ceremony hosted by Sky News Special Correspondent, Alex Crawford and BBC Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen. Tickets on sale now. 
Read the full finalists' Press Release.