Established in 1995, the Awards highlights the significant contribution of freelance journalists to the international media industry and celebrates the most outstanding work​ produced each year.


Showcasing the most outstanding work produced by freelance journalists worldwide, the Rory Peck Awards is attended by the international media industry, VIPs and journalists from across the world.

Awards Night Programme

6.30pm Doors open / Drinks reception BFI Riverfront

7.30pm Awards Ceremony BFI NFTS Screen 1

9pm Celebration and after-party BFI Riverfront

*All tickets include entry to the pre-Awards drinks reception, the Awards ceremony and the celebratory after-party, taking place at the BFI Riverfront. Drinks and light food are included.


Across four categories, the Awards honour quality and impact of work but also take into account individual endeavour and journalistic integrity.

Can I submit my work to the Awards?

The Rory Peck Awards are for professional freelance journalists and filmmakers working anywhere in the world. Our four categories focus on international news and current affairs, with one category dedicated to local journalists and field producers. Any work submitted must have been broadcast or published within the past year.

Why should I enter the Awards?

Awards finalists have the opportunity to be internationally recognised by top media outlets and industry professionals. You will attend the Awards ceremony in London, with the chance to meet valuable industry contacts, and win a cash prize of £1000. The Rory Peck Awards are one of the world's most established and respected journalism Awards.

Awards Categories

News Award, sponsored by Google

This Award is for video coverage of a news event where the focus is on the immediacy of the story.

News Features Award

This Award is for video news features that take a longer, more in-depth look at a story, beyond the immediacy of the news.

Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs, sponsored by Sony

This Award is for a 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.

Martin Adler Prize, supported by the Embassy of Sweden

The Martin Adler Prize honours a local freelance journalist or field producer working in any medium, whose work with international media outlets has made a significant contribution to newsgathering.

Find out more about our Award categories, criteria and how to enter here.


With thanks to our committed sponsors, without whom the Awards would not be possible.