The Thomson Foundation RTÉ MojoCon mobile journalism competition is a leading showcase for mobile journalism ('mojo') talent. We invite an expert panel to sit in judgement over the entries each year. Sign up to our newsletter for notification of the next Mobile Journalist competition, plus 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 with her mobile phone outside government offices in Malta to video the plight of fellow refugees having to sleep rough to renew their identity cards.
Her endeavours won a change in Maltese government regulations, and first prize in this year's mobile journalism competition.
Farah, 21, now lives in Germany, arriving in Europe four years ago after fleeing Africa due to fear of persecution because of her gender identity as a trans woman.
As a blogger and a refugee myself I was tired of this injustice.
Yusuf Omar used mobile journalism to produce a moving report on the enduring nightmare of sexual violence in South Africa using Snapchat filters to film open and honest interviews with rape survivors, without the need to blur or silhouette their faces. He continued his mojo work in India as Hindustan Times' mobile editor before taking up a role as Snapchat lead at CNN International in London.
Mojo was the only truly personal and dignified way of telling the stories of sexual abuse survivors.
Armed only with an iPhone and a hard hat, Leonor, a journalist working for a regional TV station in Asturias in the north of Spain, 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.
Mobile journalism allowed me to get to the heart of the story.
Torera Idowu gave a moving first-hand account from the Lagos slum of Makoko as part of her entry into the Thomson Foundation mobile journalism competition. 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.
Winning for me was very encouraging. I have only just come into journalism. Honestly it’s an enormous inspiration for me.
Farah Abdi filmed the plight of refugees sleeping rough in Malta for their ID cards
Yusuf Omar and Leonor Suárez were joint winners of the 2016 competition
Mobile has gone from the periphery to the mainstream of journalism
Mobile journalism is quickly moving from the periphery to the mainstream of journalism. We're excited about the potential that mobile technology has to offer today's journalists, which is why, each year, we work in partnership with RTÉ MojoCon Ireland to find the world's finest 'mojo' talent.
For further information on the competition, contact Hosam El Nagar.