London, 20/11/2020: The Rory Peck Trust (RPT) will celebrate on Tuesday 24th November the work of freelance journalists and filmmakers in news and current affairs globally. 2020 sees the Rory Peck Awards recognising freelance talent for the 25th consecutive year, in what will be a first for the organisation – an online Awards presentation accessible to audiences all around the world. 

The Trust is one of the only organisations providing practical and financial support to freelance journalists and their families worldwide. Established in memory of freelance cameraman Rory Peck, who was killed in Moscow in 1993, the Awards are a prestigious event uniquely dedicated to recognising the work of freelancers. The Awards ceremony, normally held at the BFI in London, also acts as the annual fundraiser for the Trust.

Each year, four Awards categories attract entries from the world’s most talented freelancers. This year a record number of entries was received, an increase of nearly 50% over 2019. Judging took place in September with panels of established professionals drawn from across the international media industry. Details of the finalists and their nominated work are now available on the Trust’s website:

The Director of the Rory Peck Trust, Clothilde Redfern, says these Awards are the only ones in the world dedicated to the contribution of freelance journalists and filmmakers to the news industry. “The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on freelance journalists’ livelihoods,” she said. “So it’s particularly important this year, which has been fraught with the most challenging circumstances for reporters, to recognise the talent and dedication it takes to uncover the truth and keep us informed.” More than ever, and especially this year, reporters for national and international news media are freelancers rather than staff writers. 

Since the Trust was founded in 1995, it has given assistance grants to more than 2500 freelance journalists around the world. Grants may cover medical and rehabilitation costs, subsistence costs and relocation costs. Sometimes they support a freelance journalist forced into exile or help replace stolen or confiscated equipment. They may also provide assistance to a freelancer’s family following an injury, imprisonment, kidnap or death. This year, the Trust launched a COVID-19 Hardship Fund to help journalists directly affected by the pandemic. The aim of the Trust is to help journalists overcome a crisis and enable them to resume their essential work.  

The Trust has grown to be a respected member of an international community of civil society organisations fighting for media freedom and, more specifically, the safety of journalists. RPT co-chairs the Journalist in Distress Network, is a member of the ACOS Alliance, which works to create a culture of safety in the news industry, and is a partner of the Council of Europe’s Platform for the Safety of Journalists.


For further information, please contact: 

Leanne Dmyterko
Senior Communications, Marketing & Events Manager, Rory Peck Trust