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.

For nearly 30 years, the Rory Peck Awards have recognised the talent and dedication of freelance journalists and filmmakers working in news and current affairs worldwide. It is one of the only Awards in the world to exclusively highlight the work of freelancers.

Their work shines a light on the impact of conflict, oppression and climate change around the world through powerful and revealing footage from Ukraine to Madagascar, Mexico to India.

The 2024 Rory Peck Awards are now open for entries!
Closing deadline extended to Friday 12th July, 11.59pm BST

Key Dates

Open for entries: Thursday 9th May
Entry deadline: Friday 12th July
Finalists announced: Mid-October

Awards Ceremony: 28th November

How to Enter

  1. View this year's categories & criteria.
  2. Register for an account on our entry platform.
  3. Complete the entry form and upload your video file(s) and/or pdfs.
  4. Pay the entry fee (£50 per entry for organisations & 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.

For any questions, or to inquire about the fee waiver, please contact the Awards team.

Who can enter the Awards?

The Rory Peck Awards are for professional freelance journalists and filmmakers working anywhere in the world. Our four categories focus on news and current affairs, with one category dedicated specifically to local journalists and field producers working in their own country.

Why enter the Awards?

Awards finalists have the opportunity to be internationally recognised by top media outlets and industry professionals. You will attend the Awards ceremony in London, with the chance to meet valuable industry contacts, and all finalists and winners receive a cash prize.


With thanks to our committed sponsors, without whom the Awards would not be possible.