Showcasing the world's best mojo talent, in partnership with Mojofest in Ireland

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.

Hosam El Nagar, director of innovation and learning, Thomson Foundation



Winner 2018

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.




Five runners up also receive free access to our mojo course from our Journalism Now programme: 

Hashim Hakeem, Kashmir

Safaa Ashour Segelly, Egypt

Vikram Venkateswaran, India

Carolin Riethmüller, Germany 

Asaad Al Zalzali, Iraq



Past winners

See the competition-crushing podium toppers who stood taller, aimed higher and thought bigger and better with their smartphones in previous years.


2017 winner

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.


2016 winner

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.


2016 winner

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.



2015 winner

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.



The judges

We invite an expert panel to sit in judgement over the entries each year. See this year's judges below.


Glen Mulcahy

Glen Mulcahy

Mobile journalism (mojo) and 360

Wytse Vellinga

Wytse Vellinga

Video and mobile journalism (mojo)

Hosam El Nagar

Hosam El Nagar

Director of Innovation and Learning

Nigel Baker

Nigel Baker

Chief Executive

Deborah Kelly

Deborah Kelly

Head of Training and Communications

Sara Loane

Sara Loane

Communications Manager

Terms, help and questions

For any queries relating to your entry for the Thomson Foundation mobile journalism competition, please email:

The small print:

  • The competition is open to entrants aged 18 or over.
  • The winner is responsible for ensuring they are able to accept the prize as set out and in accordance with these terms and conditions. In the event they are unable to do so, then Thomson Foundation reserves the right to select another winner.
  • Only one entry per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.
  • Thomson Foundation accepts no responsibility for entries that are delayed or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into by the judges in relation to that decisionThe decision of the judges over every instance relating to the judging process and selection shall be final and unchallengeable.
  • The closing date of the competition is 11.59pm (GMT) on 10 April, 2018. Entries received outside this time period will not be considered.
  • The prize is subject to a successful visa application and the Mojofest event going ahead, and is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  • The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the competition and shall participate in such activity on Thomson Foundation's reasonable request. The winner will consent to the use by Thomson Foundation of the winner's images, name and voice for publicity purposes (in any medium, including still photographs and videos, online, including the websites hosted by Thomson Foundation), and in marketing and promotional material.
  • Thomson Foundation will take care of any personal information supplied to it as described in its privacy policy, and in accordance with data protection legislation. By entering the competition, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of your personal information in order to process and contact you about your competition entry, and for the purposes outlined in the above bullet point.
  • Entrants into the competitions shall be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.
  • The entry form for the competition can be found here:
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