• Entrants must be from a media outlet based in the UK.
  • All entries should be able to demonstrate impact on a UK audience either because they were broadcast on a UK terrestrial or satellite channel, published in the UK or have been on theatrical general release in commercial cinemas in the UK. If only available online, they must have originated in the UK and/or were demonstrably marketed to and/or consumed by a UK audience. All entries must be in English (or subtitled in English).
  • Work must have been published or broadcast for the first time between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021.
  • All entries must be submitted online. For details of how to enter and fees where applicable, please see here.
  • The closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday 20 January 2022, no entries will be accepted after this.

Judging Process:

Amnesty International will shortlist each category to 10 entries. The shortlist will then go to our judging panels, made up of journalists from across the broadcast, print and online media, who will select four finalists for each category.

The finalists for each category will be published on the Amnesty International UK website week commencing 14 March 2022 and all entries will be informed by email. The finalists will be invited to the Amnesty Media Awards ceremony to be held in London and streamed live on 4 May 2022, where the winners will be announced.

Judging Criteria:

Shortlisting and judging panels will be looking for excellence in human rights journalism, judged by the following criteria:

Entries will be judged for how they:

  • fit the category description
  • expose human rights issues
  • introduce a human rights topic to the outlet’s audiences, either for the first time, or in a fresh and innovative way
  • include case studies or first-hand witness accounts or testimonials.

Well-crafted and responsibly produced:
Entries will be judged for how they:

  • are well researched and accurate
  • are balanced and fair (news reporting)
  • are engaging and appropriate for the audience for which they were intended
  • show care and consideration for those whose stories are being told.

Reach and impact:
Entries will be judged for reach and impact. This could be demonstrated through:

  • total audience reached
  • the audience demographic – particularly those less likely to be well informed about human rights
  • further media coverage of the issue as a result of the piece
  • demonstrable human rights change – this could be a change in policy or law, or proof of a positive impact on the lives of those whose stories have been told
  • for the Student Journalist category, it is accepted that entries may have limited reach if they are produced as part of a journalism course. They will be judged on the understanding and sensitivity shown by the entry and will recognise their potential as a human rights journalist.


Media Awards entries may be used or reproduced by Amnesty International to promote the Amnesty International Media Awards. This includes being used in the Amnesty magazine and promotional materials for the awards, on the Amnesty International UK and Amnesty Media Awards websites, at the Amnesty Media Awards ceremony and other Amnesty events, and in other Amnesty communications.


It is the responsibility of the entrant to provide complete, accurate information about the entry. Amnesty International shall not be liable for errors or omissions in the entry forms or credit information. If the entry form is inaccurate or incomplete, if the entry does not meet the eligibility requirements, or if it is deemed ineligible for any other reason, then the entry will be disqualified. Entry fees cannot be refunded for any entry that is thus disqualified.

The decision of the judges is final and no discussion can be entered into regarding the final results.

Privacy Statement:

Amnesty International UK will store and process your data in order to provide you with the information necessary to process your entry to the awards, and as a past entrant to inform you of future award events. You can opt out of receiving information about future awards at any time by email or calling us, or by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link in our emails. Contact details will not be shared with any third parties without your agreement.

How to Enter:

You will be asked to submit your entries in one of the following ways:

  • by uploading files ideally as PDF, JPG, MP3 or MP4 to our viewing platform.
  • a link to your own viewing platform (eg: vimeo/youtube).
  • URL (for entries published online).

Please Note:

  • Any links supplied must be accessible up to April 2022. Should this not be the case, alternative access to the entry must be provided.
  • We do not require high res or HD versions at this stage as these will only be used for shortlisters and judges to view online. If you are a finalist, we will come back to you to request higher resolution versions to show during the ceremony if necessary.
  • If submitting more than one entry, a separate online entry form and entry fee will be required for each.

Entry Fees:

Gaby Rado AwardFree to enter
Student JournalistFree to enter
Nations & RegionsFree to enter
PhotojournalismFree to enter
All Other Categories£140.00 (exc. VAT)


Sponsorship is available for freelance journalists and film makers or media outlets (print, broadcast or online) which are not for profit, campaigning, or serve small targeted audiences on tight budgets. If you feel you fit any of these categories, tick the box and give us a very brief explanation. You will be notified if your application has been successful after the closing deadline on Thursday 20 January 2022. If you have not been successful, we will inform you after this date and if you still wish to enter, the fee below will be applicable and invoiced.