Showcasing the world's best mobile journalism talent

This competition is now closed. Check back for announcements of the winner and runners up.

Could you be our next mojo star? Now in its sixth year, the Thomson Foundation mobile journalism competition is a leading showcase for mobile journalism ('mojo') talent, in partnership with Mojofest.

This challenge is all about learning and doing. You’ll need to take part in, and complete, a combination of online courses on mobile journalism and then make a film entirely on a smartphone.

It’s a rigorous competition. Workshops will run throughout March and then, by the end, you’ll be required to produce a video portrait of a change maker in your community.

The judges will pick the best stories with the overall winner receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to Mojofest in London. The event – which was due to be held in May - has been postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic and a new date has yet to be announced. At least five others will be shortlisted for outstanding content and each participant who completes the programme will be issued with a certificate of achievement.

Sign up now to take the challenge and compete!

 Programme starts 2 March, 2020.

 

The learning

The competition is a great opportunity to build and develop your video production and storytelling skills. Entrants will follow step by step exercises under the guidance of the foundation's finest trainers and mentors. You will be required to learn to use a mobile phone to:

* Capture quality images and video * Capture quality audio

* Film a video interview * Edit video * Tell a story using video

* Capture and express emotion through image and video

 

The team

Mobile journalism expert, Glen Mulcahy will be your host. He will be joined by photojournalist and artist Laura Tantawi and Yusuf and Sumaiya Omar from Hashtag Our Stories.

 

 

Glen Mulcahy

Founder of Mojofest, a celebration of content creators, and Thomson Foundation's resident mobile journalism expert

  

  

Sumaiya Omar

Co-founder of social video company, Hashtag Our Stories and Thomson Foundation social media contributor

  

 

Yusuf Omar

Joint winner of the 2016 Thomson Foundation mojo competition and co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories

  

 

Laura Tantawy

Prize-winning British/Egyptian documentary and news photographer based in London and Cairo

  

 

The requirements

 

In order to take part in the competition, you will need to complete four specific assignments, one each week throughout March 2020. These will include the following tasks:

* Participate in our global photowalk and share with us your top photos

* Create and share two video sequences * Record and share an interview

* Create and publish a video story on a change-making member of your community

The competition includes taking part in and producing e-learning content, interactive lives and feedback with our experts, peer to peer interaction, as well as submitting video work.

    

The way to win

Participants will be scored for a mixture of work completed in the duration of the competition and the final film produced. Judges will consider the following criteria:

* Your submissions (50%)

Your successful completion of at least one of the mojo courses available: (30%)

Your feedback and engagement with your peers (20%)

   

 

The programme

Week one: 2 March 2020

Telling stories with images
Join our global photowalk, learn how to take good photographs and share your best

 

Week two: 9 March 2020

Storytelling and video sequences
Use your image-capturing skills to create powerful videos

 

Week three: 16 March 2020

Video interviews and audio
Get close to your subject and share their voice

 

Week four: 23 March 2020

Editing and publishing
Bring it all together and tell amazing stories

  

IMPORTANT DATES

Enrolment closes 15 March, 2020

Final video is due on 30 March, 2020

 

Previous winners

 

2019 winner

Last year's winner is Mostafa Darwish, a visual journalist from Egypt. A smartphone was the only way for Mostafa to shoot as he boarded a congested Cairo train to report on the sharp fare increases to an inadequate metro system, leaving millions of already struggling residents angered.

 

 

2018 winner

Ecuadorian journalist, Gisella Rojas Rodriguez, highlighted the struggles of the people of the “migrant bus” travelling through Mexico in search of a better life. It was the first film she had shot and edited entirely on her smartphone. 

 

  

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.

 

 

Terms, help and questions

For any queries relating to your entry for the Thomson Foundation mobile journalism competition, please email: enquiries@thomsonfoundation.org

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 (UK time) on 30 March, 2020 (deadline to sign up is 15 March, 2020). 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.
Explore our projects across the globe