Rory Peck Awards 2020 for freelance Journalists

Application Deadline: Monday 10th August 2020, 11.59pm BST.

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

For 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.


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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Only work by freelance journalists or filmmakers is eligible for entry. For the purposes of the Rory Peck Awards, the term “freelance” is defined as someone who gathers and generates stories, images and footage for professional broadcast and online news and current affairs platforms. He/she will not have a permanent or rolling contract or salary but may be on a retainer with one or more organisation(s), work to commission or be paid by the piece. This can include those who, at times, may be required to supplement their income by other means.
  • Entries must have been first broadcast between 1 June 2019 and 31 July 2020 inclusive.
  • All entries must be submitted and titled as first broadcast.
  • All entries must have been broadcast or published by a recognised television channel, broadcaster, news agency, VOD/streaming platform or online news platform.
  • Re-versions of previously submitted entries will not be accepted.
  • You cannot submit the same entry into more than one category.
  • We particularly welcome self-funded work and entries from freelancers living and working in regions where it may be difficult to operate.


  • Being selected as an Awards finalist will give your work additional exposure to international media outlets and top industry professionals.
  • You will attend the Awards ceremony in London, where you will have the opportunity to meet valuable industry contacts and take part in networking events.
  • You will gain international recognition for your work at one of the world’s most established and respected Awards for freelancers – as well as a cash prize.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the online entry form
    You must complete and submit your entry form online. At this time, the entry form is only available in English.
  • Upload film files
    Your entry must be submitted as broadcast and uploaded with your entry form as a high-resolution digital film file. The preferred format is .MOV H264 (1920 x 1080) without timecodes. The file should be clearly titled with the name of the entrant and entry title.
  • Supporting materials
    Entries not in English must be accompanied by a detailed and accurate storyline and translation, uploaded to the online entry form.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Rory Peck Awards 2020



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