Rory Peck Awards Entry Criteria 2018

The Rory Peck Awards are uniquely dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs worldwide, attracting entries from  many of the world’s most talented video journalists, filmmakers and news camera operators. Established in 1995, they highlight the important contribution that freelancers make to the international news and media industries and demonstrate why they deserve support and recognition.  

Across three competitive categories the awards honour quality of camerawork but also take into account individual endeavour and journalistic integrity.  

We welcome self-funded work and entries from freelancers living and working in regions where it may be difficult to operate. The Awards are free to enter.  

All entries must have been shot by the entrant(s) who must be a freelance cameraman or camerawoman. For the purposes of the Rory Peck Awards, the term “freelance” is defined as someone who is gathering and generating stories for professional broadcast and online news and current affairs platforms. He/she will 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. This can include those who, at times, may be required to supplement their income by other means.

Entries must have had their first broadcast between 1 July 2017 and 31 May 2018 inclusive.

All entries must be submitted and titled as first broadcast.

All entries must have been broadcast or published by a recognised television channel, VOD/streaming platform, news broadcaster, news agency or online news platform.

Entrants may submit one entry per category, but cannot submit the same entry twice.  


Rory Peck Award for News, sponsored by Google
This award honours the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in the coverage of one news event where the focus is on the immediacy of the story. (Duration: up to 10 minutes.) 
Broadcast news packages and agency feeds are accepted in this category. Portfolio submissions and camera rushes are not accepted.  

Rory Peck Award for News Features
This award honours the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news features that look beyond the immediacy of the news. (Duration: up to 20 minutes)

Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs
This award honours the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen 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: up to 60 minutes.)

Submission Materials
Entry Form
You must complete and submit your entry form online (preferred option), otherwise you may download a Word version and email to Non-English versions of the criteria and entry form are available on request.  

Entry Film 
Your entry must be submitted as broadcast and supplied to us as a high resolution digital film file (preferred .MOV H264 (1920 x 1080)) without timecodes. It should be clearly labelled with the name of the entrant and entry title. Entries must be uploaded to the Sony Ci Media Cloud via this link.
Supporting materials
Entries not in English must be accompanied by a detailed and accurate storyline and translation, uploaded with the online entry form or emailed with the Word entry form to    
For further information, please contact Kate Garner on +44 (0)20 3219 7861 or   
Conditions of Entry  
  • All data submitted by the entrant to the Rory Peck Awards will be used by the Rory Peck Trust to facilitate their entry for judging, promote the Rory Peck Awards and communicate with the entrant(s) and/or their representative(s). By entering the Rory Peck Awards entrants and/or their representatives allow the Rory Peck Trust to retain data detailed in the entry form for these purposes. Personal contact information will not be shared with third parties without the entrant’s explicit consent. Entrants and/or their representative(s) may request their data be deleted at any point by contacting the Rory Peck Awards team on    
  • All decisions of the Rory Peck Awards’ organisers and jurors are final. 
  • Entrants are responsible for ensuring that their entry meets all eligibility requirements and for selecting the most appropriate category for their entry(s). The Rory Peck Awards reserve the right to change the category of an entry if necessary. 
  • The Rory Peck Awards will not cover the cost of entry postage. 
  • By submitting the entry, the entrant grants and warrants the Rory Peck Awards and its sponsors the right to make copies of clips from the entry for inclusion in the Rory Peck Awards ceremony and in all communications that promote the Rory Peck Awards and the Rory Peck Trust.  For the avoidance of doubt, no payment is made for this use. No commercial rights are granted to the Rory Peck Awards or its sponsors. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that all the necessary copyright clearances are in place.  
  • It is the responsibility of the entrant to provide complete, accurate information about the entry. The Rory Peck Awards shall not be liable for errors or omissions in the entry forms or credit information.  
  • Details of all entries will be published in the Rory Peck Awards annual Brochure and Review.  
  • Organisations nominating or representing the entrant(s) may be asked to cover his/her travel (including visa applications) and accommodation. 
  • There will only be one winner’s trophy. Duplicates may however be purchased at an additional cost. 

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 06 June 2018