Finalists 2021

The 2021 finalists reported from all over the world, covering unique angles on the biggest issues of our time and unforgettable stories that we wouldn’t otherwise hear. Their work looked at conflict, protest, oppression and the impact of tourism through powerful and intimate footage from Myanmar to Nepal, and China to Madagascar.

News Award

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This 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.

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Katie G. Nelson & Ed Ou

In The Middle Of Chaos: Living With The Daunte Wright Protests At The Front Door
Commissioned by The New York Times


Journalist & Filmmaker (anonymous)

Myanmar’s Military Coup
Commissioned by an international newswire


Solan Kolli

The Cost of War: coverage of Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict
Commissioned by AFP

News Features Award

This 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.


Rojita Adhikari & Sreya Banerjee

Widows of Everest
Commissioned by Al Jazeera, 101 East

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Brent E. Huffman

Uyghurs Who Fled China Now Face Repression in Pakistan
Commissioned by VICE News

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Hkun Li, Tuja Kareng & Edward Win

Myanmar: An Uneasy Alliance
Commissioned by Al Jazeera, People and Power

Sony Impact Award
for Current Affairs

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This Award recognises the work of freelance journalists working in long-form current affairs video/film that examines a single issue, story or situation and has an impact on the viewer, policy or public awareness.


Evan Williams & Eritrean Undercover Team

Undercover in Africa’s Secret State
Commissioned by Channel 4 & PBS Frontline with ARTE and SBS Dateline


Joshua Baker

Return From ISIS: A Family’s Story
Commissioned by BBC & Frontline

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Judith Kanaitha & Njeri Mwangi

The Baby Stealers
Commissioned by BBC

Martin Adler Prize

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The Martin Adler Prize honours a local freelance journalist or field producer whose work with international media outlets has made a significant contribution to newsgathering.

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Speda Alnaqar

Based in Iraq


Parth Nikhil

Based in India


Riana Raymonde Randrianarisoa

Based in Madagascar