This competition is now closed. Check back for announcements of the winner and runners up.
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.
Programme starts 2 March, 2020.
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:
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.
Founder of Mojofest, a celebration of content creators, and Thomson Foundation's resident mobile journalism expert
Co-founder of social video company, Hashtag Our Stories and Thomson Foundation social media contributor
Joint winner of the 2016 Thomson Foundation mojo competition and co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories
Prize-winning British/Egyptian documentary and news photographer based in London and Cairo
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:
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.
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:
Telling stories with images
Join our global photowalk, learn how to take good photographs and share your best
Storytelling and video sequences
Use your image-capturing skills to create powerful videos
Video interviews and audio
Get close to your subject and share their voice
Editing and publishing
Bring it all together and tell amazing stories
Enrolment closes 15 March, 2020
Final video is due on 30 March, 2020
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.
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.
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.
For any queries relating to your entry for the Thomson Foundation mobile journalism competition, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org