Rory Peck Awards Entry Criteria 2019

Please read the following criteria carefully before submitting your entry and use for reference when filling in your entry form.


If you have any questions please contact the awards team at


  • All entries must have been shot by the entrant(s) who must be a freelance cameraman/woman, filmmaker, videojournalist. 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 June 2018 and 31 May 2019 inclusive. 
  • All entries must be submitted and titled as first broadcast.
  • All entries must have been broadcast or published by a recognised television channel, subscription service, agency feed or recognised online news publisher.
  • Re-versions of previously submitted entries will not be accepted. 
  • 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/women in the coverage of one news event where the focus is on the immediacy of the story. Broadcast news packages & agency feeds are accepted in this category. Portfolio submissions & camera rushes are not. (Duration: up to 10 minutes.)
  • Rory Peck Award for News Features: This award honours the work of freelance cameramen/women 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 examining a single issue, story or situation that has an impact on the viewer, policy or public awareness. (Duration: up to 60 minutes.)

Note: Across all categories the awards honour quality of camerawork but also take into account individual endeavour and journalistic integrity.


Entry Materials 

  • Entry form: You must complete and submit your entry form online (preferred option), otherwise you may download a Word version from the Rory Peck Awards website and email to Non-English versions of the criteria and entry form are available on request. 
  • Entry Materials: Once you have submitted your entry form, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions of how to upload your master material to the Sony Ci Media CloudYour 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. 
  • 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 the Awards team 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 any entry-related costs or expenses. 
  • By submitting the entry, the entrant grants and warrants the Rory Peck Awards and its sponsors the right to include clips from the entry for inclusion in the Rory Peck Awards ceremony and in all related 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. 
  • Organisations nominating or representing the entrant(s) may be asked to cover the entrant's travel (including visa applications) and accommodation, if he/she becomes a finalist. 
  • There will be one winner’s trophy per category. Duplicates may, however, be purchased at an additional cost. 


CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 05 June 2019