The judging panel for the 2021 Awards will be announced shortly. Thank you to our 2020 judges, chosen from a wide-range of outlets with varying backgrounds and experience, who selected this year’s finalists and winners:

News (Written Word)

Dan Hyde

Dan is Assistant Editor at The Mail on Sunday. He has a background in campaigning and investigative journalism, having previously worked at the Daily Mail as Money Mail Editor and at The Telegraph, where he was Consumer Affairs Editor.

Eleanor McDowall

Eleanor is a Director at Falling Tree Productions. She is the series producer of BBC Radio 4’s Short Cuts, which won the Gold Award for Best Radio Podcast at the British Podcast Awards in both 2017 and 2018. Her documentary work has received the Prix Europa, the Whicker’s World Foundation ‘Audio Recognition Award’ twice, a Third Coast award and the Gold Award for Best Factual Storytelling at the Radio Academy’s ARIAs. In her spare time she runs the Radio Atlas podcast – an English-language home for subtitled audio from around the world.

Emily Retter

Emily is the Daily Mirror’s Senior Feature Writer. Since joining the paper in 2013 she has reported on injustices here and abroad, travelling throughout the Middle East to highlight the ongoing refugee crises, and focussing on topics including teen brides, child labour, lone child refugees and the struggle of the Yazidi people. She brought the famine crisis in north east Nigeria to the attention of tabloid readers, interviewed former captives of Boko Haram, and survivors of the Ebola crisis. While here in the UK, she has highlighted damning issues facing our own communities, including homelessness and social care for the elderly.

Gary Younge

Gary is a professor of sociology at Manchester University and a former columnist and editor at large for The Guardian. He has written five books and won several awards for both his journalism and books on both sides of the Atlantic.

News (Broadcast – TV/Online Film)

Tina Daheley

Tina is a broadcaster and presenter across news and current affairs for the BBC, but also sport and the arts. Currently, she hosts the news on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show for Zoe Ball, and prior to that, Nick Grimshaw. Tina was one of the key presenters for the BBC Election coverage 2019 alongside Huw Edwards, Reeta Chakrabarti, Andrew Neil and Jeremy Vine. Tina joined the BBC in 2007 after achieving a first-class honours degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism. She is a regular face on television, presenting BBC Breakfast, BBC News at Six and News at Ten. Her other presenting work includes; The Cultural Frontline – her own weekly global arts and culture programme on the BBC World Service and Woman’s Hour on Radio 4. Tina also co-hosts a daily podcast for BBC Sounds Beyond Today. She is passionate about making news, current affairs and the arts accessible to everyone and is especially skilled at hosting audience debates.

Catrin Nye

Catrin is an award-winning investigative journalist, documentary maker and presenter for the BBC. She has reported all over the world covering human rights, migration, extremism, radical movements and technology for BBC programmes such as Panorama, Radio 4, the Victoria Derbyshire programme and BBC World. She is a regular events host and is on the steering committee of Next Gen London – a charity raising money for children affected by the Syrian conflict.

Simon Israel

Simon is a Senior Home Affairs Correspondent for Channel 4 News. He’s broken a number of exclusives and is known for robustly independent reporting on home affairs; covering crime, police, terrorism, legal, race, immigration, social justice, prisons and award-winning films. “My objective is to try to come at stories from an original perspective but one which resonates with the viewer and challenges the establishment.”

Deborah Haynes

Deborah is foreign affairs editor at Sky News, covering the biggest foreign stories around the world and carrying out her own investigations. She has reported from Europe on Brexit the United States on Donald Trump, and broken stories on suspected Russian disinformation operations and suspected cyber attacks in the UK. Before joining Sky, she was defence editor and previously Iraq correspondent at The Times. She covered wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, as well as focusing on armed forces issues in the UK, including exposing the true extent of a funding crisis within the UK’s military. She won the Amnesty International award for national newspaper human rights reporting in 2008 for a series on the plight of Iraqi interpreters working for UK forces in Iraq. This series also won Deborah the inaugural Bevins Prize for investigative journalism in 2008. Prior to joining The Times, Deborah worked for the Reuters news agency after six years at AFP in Tokyo, Geneva, Baghdad and London. 


Clive Myrie

Clive is a presenter/anchor and foreign affairs correspondent for the BBC. In a 30 year career he’s served as the BBC’s Africa, Asia, Washington and Europe Correspondent; reported on wars in the former Yugoslavia, East Timor, Liberia and the Palestine/Israeli conflict; been a prominent member of the BBC’s reporting/presenting team for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq; covered the administrations of 3 US Presidents, and reported on six US Presidential elections and co-anchored from Johannesburg, the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Awards include a Golden Nymph from the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Royal Television Society Award in 2018 for coverage of the Yemen conflict, a Peabody Award in 2017 for the BBC series ‘Plight of Rohingya Refugees’ and the David Bloom Award in 2019 for his reporting on the drug cartels of Mexico. He’s been nominated for a BAFTA, twice for an Emmy Award in the US, and twice for the Prix de Bayeaux for War Reporting. Clive has two Honorary Doctorates from the University of Staffordshire and his alma mater, the University of Sussex. 

Cait FitzSimons

Cait became Editor of 5 News in February 2018. Before that, as Deputy Editor she planned coverage for a general election and two referendums. She began her career at 5 News in 1997 but has also worked for Sky News and ITV News. As well as programme editing across ITV News output, Cait was the Assistant Programme Editor for ITV’s coverage of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the channel’s Election 2010 programme. She’s also spent time on the road – working on Sky News’ coverage of the Asian Tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II and stories closer to home.

Liliane Landor

Liliane is head of foreign news at Channel 4 News. Before joining C4N she was Controller of all the language services in BBC News – editorially and managerially responsible for 28 language services on radio, TV and Online and 1400 staff in England and internationally. She is part-Arab and part-Cuban, born in Lebanon, educated in France and Switzerland. She speaks five languages.

Meirion Jones

Meirion joined the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in 2016 as investigations editor. Prior to that, he spent many years running investigations for the BBC at Newsnight and Panorama on everything from vulture funds to US election fraud. He won the Daniel Pearl award for his investigation into the dumping of Trafigura’s toxic waste in Africa, the London Press Awards Scoop of the Year for his part in the Jimmy Savile revelations and was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for his investigation into the ‘fake sheikh’, Mazher Mahmood. His investigation into the sale of bogus bomb detectors to Iraq (which caused hundreds of deaths in Baghdad) led to the British salesman being sent to prison for ten years.

Amelia Gentleman

Amelia is a reporter at the Guardian. She wrote ‘The Windrush Betrayal, Exposing the Hostile Environment’ in 2019, which was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford award. She also won the Paul Foot award, Cudlipp award, an Amnesty award, journalist of the year British journalism awards and London press club print journalist of the year for her investigations into Windrush and the hostile environment and also won the Orwell prize. Previously she was Delhi correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, and Paris and Moscow correspondent for the Guardian.


Corinne Redfern

Corinne is a multi-award-winning foreign correspondent for the Fuller Project for International Reporting; a U.S. journalism non-profit focused on the in-depth investigation of global gender issues. Currently based in Manila, Philippines, Corinne has reported from over 20 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In 2019 she won the Amnesty Media Award (Features) for her investigation into the child brides trafficked into Bangladesh’s brothel villages. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Guardian, Telegraph, Foreign Policy, ESQUIRE (UK) and Marie Claire (UK), among many others.

Will Dean

Will is the editor of the Guardian Weekly, the Guardian’s weekly international news magazine. He was previously an editor on G2 and editor of The Independent Magazine.

Andrea Thompson

Andrea is Editor in Chief of Marie Claire. In her 18 years as a journalist, she has worked as an editor, writer and presenter across print, TV, and digital media and for publications including The Sunday Times, Guardian, Channel 4, and Grazia specialising in investigative reporting into ethical issues and women’s rights. At Marie Claire she has been instrumental in upholding the brand’s global content and women’s empowerment campaigns related to equal pay for women, girls’ education, reproductive rights, climate change and diversity. This is her fourth year as a judge for the Amnesty Media awards.

Jessica Winch

Jessica is the Foreign Editor for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, responsible for all foreign coverage in print and online. She joined the newspaper in 2011.

Documentaries (TV & Film)

Seyi Rhodes

Seyi is a British TV Reporter with over a decade of experience working for Channel 4 on foreign affairs series ‘Unreported World’ and current affairs series ’Dispatches’. His ability to connect with people from all walks of life has given him a global following. His work has won 2 Foreign Press Association awards as well as a number of other award nominations. He is currently working with Parable Productions on a documentary about sex tourism – and always looking for new ideas.

Emma Westcott

Biography coming soon.

Tracey Doran-Carter

Tracey is Managing Director of Clover Films. For over 10 years she has managed all their productions; being responsible for contracts with suppliers and broadcasters, arranging insurance for high-risk filming, completing security protocols, scheduling shoots and post production, sales and managing staff. Tracey also acts as Producer/Executive Producer on many of Clover’s award-winning documentaries and when not required in the busy office, will travel on shoots. She began her media career working at the MIPCOM Television Markets and after graduating, took roles as Production Coordinator at Panavision Studios and ESPN. 

Sarah Waldron

Sarah is an award-winning Executive Producer for BBC Current Affairs. After years of Directing films she became the Series Producer for the strand This World on BBC Two, overseeing more than 50 films and winning RTS, BAFTA and Amnesty awards. She is currently the Executive Producer for TV Current Affairs International strands This World and Our World.

Tom Giles

Tom is Controller of Current Affairs at ITV, responsible for commissioning a wide range of documentaries, and current affairs programmes including strands like Tonight and Exposure. These have included the Emmy award-winning films Saudi Arabia Uncovered and White Right: Meeting the Enemy as well as the 2018 Amnesty award winner, The Forgotten Children. Before joining ITV in 2015, he was at the BBC for over 20 years as a producer, director and Executive Producer including four years as editor of Panorama where he oversaw investigations including Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed about the treatment of patients at Winterbourne View Special Hospital and Fifa’s Dirty Secrets, broadcast three days before FIFA voted on whether England should stage the 2018 World Cup.

Radio & Podcasts

Felicity Finch

Felicity trained as an actor and has been playing the character of Ruth in the radio drama The Archers for 30 years. She also makes radio documentaries and features for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. Her work has taken her to Rwanda several times where she’s made programmes about the long-term effects of the 1994 genocide on women’s lives. Other programmes, examining how radio drama can be used to communicate vital information to listeners, took her to Peshawar, Albania and Cambodia as well as back to Rwanda.

Nick Rotherham

Nick is Producer of The Next Episode Podcast for the BBC. Formerly the politics reporter for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, he has also worked as a shoot/edit producer on several primetime television documentaries. The first chair of BBC News’ Under 30s Panel, he’s focussed on finding new ways to tell stories and exploring the best platforms to deliver them.


Mark Sealy

Mark has been director of London-based photographic arts institution Autograph ABP since 1991 and has produced numerous artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide, including the critically acclaimed exhibition Human Rights Human Wrongs at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto in 2013 and at The Photographers’ Gallery, London in 2015. Currently Mark is curator of Houston Fotofest BIENNIAL 2020 CURATOR African Cosmologies Photography Time and the Other. Mark is interested in the relationships between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights and in 2013, was awarded an MBE for services to Photography. He has written for international photography publications, including Foam Magazine, Aperture, Creative Camera and Next Level, and written numerous essays for publications and artist monographs. In 2002, Mark and professor Stuart Hall coauthored Different, which focuses on photography and identity politics. Recent notable projects include the exhibition The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto and critically acclaimed exhibitions on the works of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems, Rotimi Fani-Kayode and on the works of Mahtab Hussain and Maud Sulter. His most recent book, Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time, was published in 2019 by Lawrence and Wishart.

Martin Keene

Martin is Group Picture Editor of PA Media and has overseen the agency’s coverage of all the major news events in the UK over the past twenty four years. Prior to his appointment, he worked as one of the agency’s staff photographers. He has published two editions of his book: Practical Photojournalism: A Professional Guide.

Claire Thomas

Claire is a freelance photojournalist and photographer from the UK whose work focuses on conflict, humanitarian and social issues. Between 2016 and 2019 Claire was based in northern Iraq covering the country’s efforts to defeat ISIS and recover from decades of conflict. Her work appears in leading newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, Geographical Magazine, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera. She also works regularly with UN agencies and international non-governmental organisations worldwide. Claire has documented a range of stories in recent years including the refugee crisis in Europe, non-violent resistance against the Israeli military occupation in the West Bank, and the war against ISIS in Iraq.

Ray Wells

Ray has been the picture editor of The Sunday Times for the last twenty-five years and is one of the paper’s contributing photographers. He began his career in journalism as a caption writer with the Mirror Group after eventually returning from Libya where, after university, he had been working on engineering projects until local conditions under the Gaddafi regime deteriorated to the point where he had to leave. He spent seven years at MGN before becoming Picture Editor of the Fleet Street News Agency. After stints on The Mail on Sunday and The Observer, he joined The Times, then moved to become deputy picture editor of The Sunday Times under the editorship of Andrew Neil.

Marina Vitaglione

Marina is the assignments and social media editor at Panos Pictures. She began her career in photography at Fabrica research centre in Treviso, Italy, where she did a year-long residency as an editorial photo researcher. She then worked at the Magnum Photos Paris office, assisting the cultural and exhibitions team, before joining Panos in 2018.

Student Journalist

Claisse Opulencia

Claisse is a multimedia-journalism graduate and 2019 Amnesty Media Award Winner for the Student category. Specialising in investigations, Claisse went undercover to expose landlords offering students free rent in exchange for sex. Her investigations made national headlines and sparked a debate in the House of Commons on student housing regulations. She was also a runner-up for the 2018 Amnesty Media Awards for her investigation on the vulnerability of homeless women in the UK.

Tina Moran

Tina is the training manager with Press Association. Forty years after first setting foot in a newsroom she is passing on her skills and enthusiasm for the profession to a new generation of journalists. She began her journalism career on the Bristol Evening Post and progressed to Fleet Street with staff jobs on the Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Sunday Mirror and Daily Express. Her roles have ranged from news reporter, sub editor, Features and Women’s editor, Executive editor and Deputy Group Director of Digital Content.

Kirstie O’Mahony

Kirstie is a Researcher at the BBC, and a co-director of the student-founded Women in Media Conference. She is a huge believer in the power of student journalism, having been the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Manchester’s student publication, The Mancunion.

Jess Austin

Jess is Deputy Communities Editor at Metro.co.uk, commissioning opinion and first-person pieces. She also runs the My Label and Me series, which examines people’s relationship with labels given to them. Previously she worked on the HuffPost UK blogs team where she launched and curated HuffPost Apocalypse, a series looking at the end of the world.

Maya Oppenheim

Maya works at The Independent as the Women’s Correspondent. She covers a wide array of news, social policy and global stories from a women’s perspective and has a focus on domestic abuse, sexual violence, abortion, period poverty and different forms of gender-based violence.

Regional Media

Amna Saleem

Amna is a Scottish Pakistani screenwriter with projects in various stages of development. Her first sitcom, Beta Female, is on BBC Radio 4. Amna has a background in journalism and broadcasting. Her work can be found in national publications such as the Guardian, BBC News, HuffPost and Glamour where she tackles topics such as race, mental health and culture. As a broadcaster she has been featured on the BBC Newsnight, SKY and ITV amongst others. Amna also contributed a lively essay to the landmark anthology, It’s Not About The Burqa, featuring the voices of Muslim women which subsequently gained national attention for its blunt honesty and humour.

James Stewart

James is the Editor responsible for the BBC’s local and regional coverage of campaigns, projects, partnerships and big moments in England. It’s a wide ranging brief that includes Children In Need, Comic Relief, national anniversaries & BBC New Voices. Based in the Newsroom in New Broadcasting House, he also looks after podcasts (including the award winning Multi Story) and is the BBC lead on The Listening Project which sees authentic real life conversations broadcast locally, online and on BBC Radio Four – and then archived in The British Library.

Trevor Birney

Trevor is an award-winning producer, director, journalist and founder of Fine Point Films. Most recently Trevor executive produced Gaza, which premiered at Sundance in 2019 . His production slate also includes: WGA nominated No Stone Unturned directed by Academy Award-winning Alex Gibney, Emmy nominated Elián directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden for CNN Films, Bobby Sands: 66 Days directed by Brendan J. Byrne, Netflix Originals Mercury 13 directed by Heather Walsh and David Singleton, and Wave Goodbye To Dinosaurs directed by Eimhear O’Neill in collaboration with Fork Films for PBS series Women, War and Peace. He is also the founder of the television production company Below the Radar and the multi-award-winning investigative journalism website The Detail.

Emma Youle

Emma is an award-winning investigative journalist who worked for regional newspapers before joining HuffPost UK as special correspondent. She has covered stories including the contaminated blood scandal, the housing crisis, historic child abuse, and won the Private Eye Paul Foot Award 2017 for her reporting exposing squalid conditions inside homeless hostels in Hackney. She is also a previous winner of an Amnesty UK Media Award in 2018 in the Nations and Regions category.

Toby Granville

Toby has been the Editorial Director at Newsquest – the second largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK – since February 2015. Toby began his career in 1990 at the Sunday People. He gained his first editorship at the age of 26 at The Wharf which won Newspaper of the Year under his leadership. Since joining Newsquest in 2002 Toby has edited a number of its award-winning daily titles such as the Dorset Echo and Bournemouth Daily Echo and was named Editor of the Year in 2011. In his current role Toby is leading the transformation of Newsquest’s editorial departments into multimedia newsrooms publishing nearly 200 local and regional news brands across the country.

Digital Innovation

Zing Tsjeng

Zing is VICE UK Executive Editor and a journalist, podcaster and author. In 2018, Octopus published her four-book series Forgotten Women, which explores the untold stories of inspiring women who have been marginalised from history. She is also a presenter for VICE and has appeared on Woman’s Hour, the Victoria Derbyshire Show, and others.

Shehani Fernando

Shehani is an immersive producer/director. She recently produced ‘The Waiting Room VR’ which took an unflinching look at life with breast cancer and premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year. She has worked as a VR director at the Guardian where her pieces explored topics ranging from asylum to autism using a range of techniques from motion capture to scanning. In 2018 she managed the Guardian’s audio team and oversaw all their podcast output. Previously, she worked for the BBC and independent TV companies in both current affairs and documentary.

Sam Joiner

Sam Joiner is Head of Data and Digital Storytelling for The Times and The Sunday Times. He is charged with ensuring digital subscribers engage with the papers’ journalism in the best possible format, whether that be reading, watching or interacting with a story. His team of data and visual journalists work across both papers to find exclusive stories in data and present them to readers in a visually appealing way. Sam has a keen interest in politics and sport and an aversion to pie charts.

Mark Alford

Mark will lead Sky Sports News as director of the organisation in 2020. He joins SSN after two years leading Sky News’ digital operation. He is a journalist and editor with 15 years publishing experience, responsible for a team of 60+ journalists, video editors and social media experts who deliver original, award-winning journalism. Previously, he was Head of Digital Publishing at Sky. Before joining Sky Sports five years ago, Mark led the digital sports team at MailOnline and was Deputy Sports Editor at the Daily Mail. Mark began his career at the Hull Daily Mail and has spent time freelancing at The Guardian.

The Gaby Rado Award for Best New Journalist

Paul Waugh

Paul is Executive Editor, Politics, for HuffPost UK. A former Editor of PoliticsHome and deputy political editor of the Independent and Evening Standard, he has worked in Parliament for more than 20 years. His daily WaughZone blog is read in No.10, Labour HQ and across Westminster, Whitehall and beyond.

Tom Rado

Tom is Gaby’s eldest son and works for the advertising and media agency M/Six. Although he took a different career path to his father’s, he takes a keen interest in foreign affairs and human rights issues, as well as domestic politics. Tom has been on the judging panel for many of the years since inauguration in 2003.

Megha Mohan

Megha has been appointed as the BBC’s first Gender and Identity correspondent. Her reporting has focused on digital subcultures and global issues with a focus on women and LGBT+ communities. Her reports have included: ‘Rape and no periods in North Korea’s army’ (which was one of the most read articles globally in 2017), ‘The secret memes of lesbians in East Africa’, ‘The women in the UK who can not report abuse’. She has also spoken publicly about women in journalism and regularly features on BBC News TV, the World Service and Radio 4.

Joe Wallen

Joe is an award-winning foreign correspondent and received the Gaby Rado Award for Best New Journalist in 2019 after exposing the sexual abuse of female migrants in Morocco by EU-funded security forces. He currently works as the Global Health Security Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph in New Delhi, India and covers current affairs and human rights abuses across Asia. Over the past year he has reported on a variety of diverse topics – the alleged maltreatment of Indian girls in a care home linked to Prince Andrew, labour abuses Nepali workers remain subjected to while constructing World Cup stadia and the on-going mental health epidemic in Jammu & Kashmir. His reporting has also appeared in Al Jazeera, Guardian and Independent and he is a regular contributor to The What and The Why podcast.

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

Charlie is a journalist, editor, features writer, columnist and creative with focuses on race, lifestyle, travel, media, youth culture and social politics. She is the head of editorial at gal-dem, a writer and former editor at Dazed and a Guardian freelancer. She has written columns for the Observer, ipaper and Metro and freelances for a variety of publications. She is also editor of the book Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children, a leading new exploration of the Windrush generation featuring David Lammy, Lenny Henry, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sharmaine Lovegrove, Hannah Lowe, Jamz Supernova, Natasha Gordon and Rikki Beadle-Blair. Charlie is also an experienced panellist and speaker on radio/TV, Scott Trust Bursary alumnus and winner of the 2017 Georgina Henry Award for Innovation in Journalism.