The Thomson Foundation mobile journalism competition is a leading showcase for mobile journalism ('mojo') talent. In partnership with Mojofest – a global celebration of mobile content creators – the competition is now in its fourth year.
Each year, applications are invited from those who think they have what it takes to become the next mojo star. Applicants are required to submit a feature story or news report filmed and edited entirely on a mobile device, which excites, intrigues and surprises and demonstrates impact and creativity.
This year's competition attracted 143 entries from 49 countries, including Sierra Leone, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador, the Philippines and New Zealand. The growing number of entries each year from around the world demonstrates how the mobile phone has enabled a new generation of journalists.
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The mobile phone has enabled a new generation of journalists.
Elena Jose, a grandmother travelling with four children under eight years of age, newlyweds Elena and Jose from El Salvador, and Daniel Aviles fleeing violence in Honduras: these are the people of the “migrant bus” travelling through Mexico in search of a new life in the United States.
Their stories are highlighted in this year’s winning entry from Ecuadorian journalist, Gisella Rojas Rodriguez, in the Thomson mobile journalism competition. Gisella wins a full mojo kit worth €1,000, plus an all-expenses paid trip to Ireland, for Mojofest.
See the competition-crushing podium toppers who stood taller, aimed higher and thought bigger and better with their smartphones in previous years.
Somali blogger Farah Abdi staged an overnight vigil outside government offices in Malta to film the plight of refugees sleeping rough to renew their ID cards. Her story won a change in regulations. She lives in Europe having fled Africa due to fear of persecution because of her transgender identity.
Yusuf Omar used mojo to produce a moving report on the nightmare of sexual violence in South Africa using Snapchat filters to film open and honest interviews with rape survivors. He continues his mojo work as the co-founder of Hashtag our Stories, which aims to empower local communities.
Armed with an iPhone and a hard hat, Spanish journalist, Leonor Suárez, went inside the silver mines of Potosí, Bolivia for her mojo story. As the tunnels grew darker and more claustrophobic, the air harder to breathe, Leonor reported on the harsh, life-threatening working conditions of miners.
Torera Idowu gave a moving first-hand account from the Lagos slum of Makoko as part of her entry. Despite never having recorded with a mobile device before, her short film shot on an iPad 3, highlighting Africa’s education woes, beat entries from much more seasoned journalists.
We invite an expert panel to sit in judgement over the entries each year. See this year's judges below.
For any queries relating to your entry for the Thomson Foundation mobile journalism competition, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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