Rory Peck Awards

Established in 1995, the Awards aim to give freelance journalists the ​​recognition they deserve, rewarding the most outstanding work​ produced each year and highlighting their significant contribution to the international media industry.

For over 25 years, the Rory Peck Awards has been celebrating the work of freelance journalists working in news and current affairs worldwide. These are the freelance reporters, filmmakers, photojournalists and camera operators who play a vital role in international newsgathering - and in keeping independent journalism alive.

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.

Award Categories

Find out more about our Award categories, criteria and how to enter here.
See previous Award finalists and winners here.

News Award
sponsored by Google News Initiative

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 Europe B.V.

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.


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