Since 2013 our Young Journalist Award has celebrated the outstanding young talent in the media profession. The award is an opportunity for those brilliant young journalists to demonstrate a wealth of investigative journalism, and, in doing so hold power to account.
The annual competition is organised in partnership with the UK's Foreign Press Association (FPA) and is presented at their annual awards event in London.
The competition enables journalists aged 30 and under, from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than USD20,000, to send in their best stories.
The entries are scrutinised by the foundation and then independent, expert, FPA judges.
The three finalists are flown to London to attend the gala award night in London, along with a host of other potential award winners and leading figures from the world of journalism.
Find our competition entry form here.
The sheer variety of his stories is just fantastic.
The 2022 winner of the Young Journalist Award was Kashmiri-based journalist Yashraj Sharma.
The judges recognised the diversity and dedication of young journalist and were impressed with the breadth of topics covered in his competition competition entries, praising his “ability to do so many different things really well, in many different ways”. You can read more about Yashraj and his winning portfolio of work here.
Each entrant should submit a portfolio of THREE published or broadcast pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding (prior to) the award deadline for submissions which is midnight GMT on 11th August 2023 . The entries can be in any format: print, audio, video, multimedia, or a combination of all four.
All entrants should be reporting from their home country as defined by the GNI or, if not in their country of origin, in another country fitting the same criteria. Applicants also need to provide an explanation of any collaboration undertaken with colleagues or external organisations on the stories they submit.
Journalists who enter for the FPA award will need to submit a written statement of no more than 200 words per story giving a summary of the content and any impact it had on public debate in the country of publication or broadcast, should also be submitted.
Full details of the conditions of entry are on the entry form here:
For more details on the competition and to see some of our esteemed alumni from previous years, see our Young Journalist Award competition page.
Closing date: midnight GMT on 11th August, 2023
Kai Hui Wong winner of the Young Journalist Award 2021
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