CALL FOR ENTRIES: Mobile Journalism Awards recognizes excellence in non-fiction storytelling produced with smartphones.

Winners will be showcased in a series of global film screening events.

Judges will be nominated by the directors of:
- E.W Scripps School of Journalism & School of Film, Ohio University
- Journalism co.uk
- Global Editors Network
- American University Cairo, School of Journalism
- EFJ School of Journalism
- Visual Editors, Non-profit
- Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The goal of this committee is to raise scholarship and standards by honoring the best work each year with screenings, prizes and a permanent archive.

What makes these awards special?
These are the Academy Awards (and Pulitzers) for Mobile Journalism.

CATEGORIES
Best Documentary
• Non-fiction subject Between 3 and 10 minutes in length on any topic. Must be reported using observational narrative ethics. e.g. No staging, No scripting, and No casting allowed.

Best Documentary Short
• Non-fiction subject up to 3 minutes in length on any topic. Must be reported using observational narrative ethics. e.g. No staging, No scripting, and No casting allowed.

Best News story
• Max 3 minutes

Deadline reporting
• Breaking news and live reporting. Unplanned, and on-deadline.

Best Social Media Story
• Max 2 minutes on any topic

Best Audio Story
• Best Podcast, Radio report. Live show or series. Max length 10 minutes. Please submit as a video project – using your audio story for the soundtrack and a still frame title card for the video track.

Best Photography
• Best non-fiction photography shot with a smartphone. No digital adjustments to image other than minor exposure and color corrections are allowed. No staging. No filters. No kidding.

Best Travel Story
• Max 3 minutes

Best Fashion Story
• Max 3 minutes

Best Nature Story
• Max 3 minutes

Best Food Story
• Max 3 minutes

Best Editing
• An entry where the editing of the story arc is central to the success of the project. Max 2 minutes

Best Use of Sound
• Max 2 minutes

Innovation prize
• Submit a project that stretches the boundaries. (For example: Creatively exploit a unique feature or failing of mojo, Code a killer Mojo app, or assign 12 reporters to Mojo swarm an event using only smartphones)
The judges are looking for amazingly experimental ideas that can inspire others.

Jury Awards

- Winners will be notified at each stage of the judging process: From "Official Selection" to ‘Semi-finalist,’ ‘Finalist,’ and "Award Winner."

Recognition
- Winning work will be recognized in live screening events around the world. (See list of partner journalism schools)
Selected films will receive laurels and category winners will receive certificates.

PRIZES
Sponsors like like Shoulderpod and Smart Film School are donating thousands of dollars in prizes.
All entrants will get a complimentary one-year membership to MOJOS - the Mobile Journalism Society.
The organizers anticipate that more donors will support this competition as awareness increases.

* All films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English)

* Films completed between Jan. 1, 2016 through December 31, 2019 are eligible.

- Entries must be shot primarily with a smartphone.

- Films may include shots made with action cams or drones up to a maximum 25% of the total duration of the project.

Multiple submissions
- You may submit more than one project and it also may be entered in more than one category.

- Judges will not move entries between categories.

- All submissions must be original and not include any intellectual property protected by outside copyrights.

Music
- If music is used, it must be 'rights-cleared,' public domain, creative commons, or original compositions. Verification may be requested by the jury.

Waivers
- Entrants consent to the use of their films or videos for live screenings that are part of this competition.
Entrants further consent to allow winning work to be curated and publicized by the organizers for educational purposes.

Consent
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening (including, but not limited to, multiple events at international locations).
The entrant understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

Liability
The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless the organizers from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.