Categories & Criteria

The Rory Peck Awards are the only awards in the world solely dedicated to recognising the work of freelance journalists and filmmakers worldwide.

The Rory Peck Awards highlight and celebrate the efforts of freelance journalists and filmmakers who bring us stories from around the world. Across four categories, the Awards recognise quality, creativity and impact of work, but also take into account skill, endeavour and journalistic integrity.

Deadline for entries: Monday 17th July


  • All entries must have been shot/produced/reported by a freelance journalist. For the purposes of the Rory Peck Awards, the term “freelance” is defined as someone who does 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.
  • Entries must have first been broadcast/published between 30th July 2022 and 17th July 2023 inclusive.
  • The News Award, News Features Award and the Sony Impact Award are open to video and film entries only. The Martin Adler Prize is open to journalists working in any medium, including print, radio, online, video and film.
  • All entries must be submitted and titled as first broadcast/published.
  • All entries must have been broadcast/published by a recognised professional television channel, streaming platform, broadcaster, publication, news agency, online news platform or other media outlet.
  • Entrants may submit one entry per category but cannot submit the same entry twice.

See the terms and conditions of entry here.


News Award

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. Agency feeds are accepted in this category. 

Duration: up to 10 minutes in length

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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.

Duration: up to 30 minutes in length

Sony Impact Award

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

Duration: up to 60 minutes in length

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Martin Adler Prize

This Award honours a local freelance journalist or field producer working in any medium, whose work with international and domestic media outlets has made a significant contribution to newsgathering. The aim is to highlight the dedication and talent of local freelancers reporting in their own country who often work under challenging circumstances and who often go unrecognised.

You cannot nominate yourself for this category.

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