Finalists & Winners 2020

This year’s finalists reported from all over the world covering stories that matter – stories that we don’t often hear. The freelancers selected by the judges addressed disease, migration, oppression and war by crafting films with powerful and intimate footage from India to Yemen, and Peru to Hong Kong.

Meet this year's judges

 News Award.

Sponsored by

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.


Winner (5)

Guillermo Galdos

Poor forced to collect Covid corpses for work in Peru
Commissioned by Channel 4 News


Siddharth Bokolia & Ahmer Khan

Defending Kashmir: Anchar’s last stand against India’s control
Commissioned by The Guardian


Raul Gallego Abellan

Hong Kong: The Umbrella on Fire
Commissioned by The Intercept

 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.


Winner (8)

Ramon Campos & Alejandro Bernal

In Enemy Territory
Commissioned by Al Jazeera Witness


Elijah Kanyi

The Bullet And The Virus
Commissioned by BBC Africa Eye

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Olivier Jobard & Charles Emptaz

Ethiopian migrants make the desperate journey to Saudi Arabia via Yemen
Commissioned by France 24/ARTE

Special mention: Joanna Burge & Katherine Haywood
Starbucks & Nespresso: The Truth About Your Coffee | Commissioned by Channel 4

 Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs.

Sponsored by

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.


Winner (6)

Sasha Joelle Achilli

Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary Commissioned by BBC

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Fai Wan & Robin Barnwell

The Battle for Hong Kong
Commissioned by Channel 4

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Olivier Sarbil & James Jones

On The President’s Orders
Commissioned by BBC

 Martin Adler Prize.

Supported by

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.


Winner (7)

Maha Hussaini

Based in Palestine
Nominated by Middle East Eye


Rohini Mohan

Based in India
Nominated by VICE News


Fadi Al Halabi

Based in Syria
Nominated by Channel 4 News