Finalists & Winners 2020

The 2020 finalists reported from all over the world covering stories that matter. 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.

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 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.

Finalists

Winner (5)

Guillermo Galdos

Poor forced to collect Covid corpses for work in Peru
Commissioned by Channel 4 News Watch the full film here.

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Siddharth Bokolia & Ahmer Khan

Defending Kashmir: Anchar’s last stand against India’s control
Commissioned by The Guardian Watch the full film here.

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Raul Gallego Abellan

Hong Kong: The Umbrella on Fire
Commissioned by The Intercept Watch the full film here.

 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.

Finalists

Winner (8)

Ramon Campos & Alejandro Bernal

In Enemy Territory
Commissioned by Al Jazeera Witness Watch the full film here.

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Olivier Jobard & Charles Emptaz

Ethiopian migrants make the desperate journey to Saudi Arabia via Yemen
Commissioned by France 24/ARTE Watch the full film here.

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Elijah Kanyi

The Bullet And The Virus
Commissioned by BBC Africa Eye Watch the full film here.

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

 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.

Finalists

Winner (6)

Sasha Joelle Achilli

Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary Commissioned by BBC Watch the full film here.

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Olivier Sarbil & James Jones

On The President’s Orders
Commissioned by BBC Watch the full film here.

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Fai Wan & Robin Barnwell

The Battle for Hong Kong
Commissioned by Channel 4 Watch the full film here.

 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.

Finalists

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Fadi Al Halabi

Based in Syria
Nominated by Channel 4 News

Winner (7)

Maha Hussaini

Based in Palestine
Nominated by Middle East Eye

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Rohini Mohan

Based in India
Nominated by VICE News