2023 Winner

Ahmer Khan

Based in India
Nominated by The Guardian

Ahmer Khan’s journalism sheds light on some of the toughest and most heated issues in India, while his writing shows impact and sensitivity. He tackled one of the most difficult stories in one of the most difficult places. It’s fearless reporting at its best.” 

 -Martin Adler Prize Jury

“Ahmer is a trusted, responsible freelancer who has a sharp news sense. He works quickly and accurately. He is incredibly good at getting access in difficult situations, and is responsible and respectful when working on sensitive subjects.

Ahmer has been our go-to freelancer for all stories in India, not just because of previous projects (although our collaborations with him get better and better), but he’s reliable, he goes above and beyond for stories that he is passionate about. Many of the strongest videos we work on in the region come about, in part, from him pitching them to us.

He frequently works with local assistants in various regions of India, bringing in junior or aspiring multimedia journalists when it’s needed on longer or complex shoots. He has shown great leadership on the ground and has responded well when things haven’t gone quite to plan.

Ahmer  is a one-person multimedia power-house. Not only does he shoot well, his stills are excellent, and through these skills he’s able to cover stories and characters in an incredibly strong visual way – that really connects to our audiences more deeply.”

See some of Ahmer’s work for The Guardian:


Ahmer Khan is an award-winning and two-time Emmy-nominated independent multimedia journalist from Kashmir with a focus on South Asia. He covers the region’s political and social conflict, humanitarian crises, human rights, religion, and migration. He has reported from India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, for media outlets including The Guardian, Vice News, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, RFI, CNN and more.

His stories have been nominated for various prestigious awards, including international Emmys in 2021 and  2022. He was awarded an Overseas Press Club Award, duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, Edward R. Murrow Award, Human Rights Press Award, among other awards for reporting, producing, shooting, and editing.

Khan is also a judge for the International Emmy Awards and a member of the Overseas Press Club of America.