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Rory Peck Awards 2018 – celebrating the outstanding work of freelancers who help bring us the news

The Rory Peck Awards 2018 celebrated the work of freelancers in news and current affairs globally tonight in a ceremony hosted by Sky News’s Alex Crawford and the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen at London’s BFI Southbank. Among the award-winners were American freelancer Roopa Gogineni and Norwegian-British Deeyah Khan, while the Martin Adler Prize was given posthumously to Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The News award went to Spanish video journalist Mikel Konate.

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The Rory Peck Award for News Features went to Roopa Gogineni for The Rebel Puppeteers of Sudan, her unique film about the creator of a satirical puppet show sharing news of the ongoing conflict in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. Broadcast by The New York Times, Roopa’s film is praised by judges as “a wonderfully original piece … She allowed the story to be told through the protagonists. It takes a really great journalist to be able to pull that off.”

The Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs was won by Deeyah Khan and Darin Prindle for White Right: Meeting the Enemy (Fuuse Films for ITV Exposure). Their film sees Muslim filmmaker Deeyah sit face-to-face with fascists, racists and proponents of the American ‘alt-right’ to get behind their violent ideology. Judges said, “The filmmakers put themselves in an extraordinary situation which challenged both the subject and them. They got under the skin of these characters in a way that no-one else has.”

The Rory Peck Award for News, sponsored by Google, was presented to Mikel Konatefor his Reuters footage following a Spanish NGO carry out an arduous, ten-hour rescue mission of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Calling it “an astonishing piece of journalism”, judges said: “Although it is one snapshot in time, his images reveal so much about the situation right now in the Mediterranean Sea.”

The Martin Adler Prize was awarded posthumously to Daphne Caruana Galizia, a freelance investigative journalist who, at just 53 years old, was killed by a car bomb near her home in Malta last October. This special prize honours a local freelancer who has made a significant contribution to newsgathering, either through a single story or body of work, but who is largely unrecognised by the international news media. Daphne is the first posthumous recipient of the Prize, which was collected by her son Matthew.

Clothilde Redfern, Director of the Rory Peck Trust said, “As tonight’s winners and finalists have shown, freelancers play a crucial role in global news gathering, accessing stories that can’t be reached and informing our lives through their powerful, eye-witness journalism. The Rory Peck Trust exists to support freelancers so that they can stay safe and continue to report in an increasingly hostile world.”

Lynn Bousleiman, Strategic Partner Manager, News at YouTube said, “At Google and YouTube, we are pleased to continue our partnership with the Rory Peck Trust, supporting freelance video journalists and their families around the world and celebrating their achievements. The finalists for the Rory Peck Award for News have all delivered invaluable pieces, exposing complicated realities and bringing light to extremely important issues of our world.”

Stuart Almond, Head of Marketing for Media Solutions, Sony Professional Solutions Europe said, “Behind our support of the Rory Peck Trust, Sony is dedicated to providing freelancers with the tools and services to carry out their extraordinary work. We must recognise and honour the outstanding work of freelance journalists whose creativity, bravery and sheer determination play an enormously important role in shaping our perception of world events. Sony is proud to support those who are driven to Go Make Tomorrow.”

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