Mobile Journalism Awards is open to all journalists.
The competition recognizes excellence in non-fiction visual storytelling produced by journalists with smartphones.
Why is this important?
- Journalism is a cornerstone of free speech and a strong defender of democratic ideals.
Video is a very persuasive medium to help convey those ideals and the smartphone video revolution is empowering non-fiction storytellers to reach new audiences on the screens they watch. Both small and large.
Finding new audiences
- Mobile journalism documentaries are winning top prizes at film festivals from L.A. to Berlin and being screened to live audiences in cinemas as a result.
Mobile journalists now have a film competition to call their own.
What makes these awards special?
- The Mobile Journalism Awards is the space where mobile journalists can share their best work and be recognized for it.
It does not matter if you are an independent filmmaker, student journalist or on the payroll of a public broadcaster.
Live screenings of winning entries will be projected at the Athena Cinema in Athens Ohio on the weekend of Sept.14, 2019. Workshops, discussion events are also being planned by the festival host - Ohio University.
What are you waiting for?
- Enter now and get your work seen!
- Best Documentary
- Best Documentary Short
- Best News Story
- Best Feature Story
- Best Local Story
- Best Conflict Story
- Best Arts Story
- Best Politics Story
- Best Travel Story
- Best Live Report
- Best Kinogram
- Public Service
- Best Interview
- Best use of drones
- Best use of action camera
- Best use of sound
- Best use of pictures
Work must have been broadcast on television or posted online.
- 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.
- Winners will be notified at each stage of the judging process: From "Official Selection" to "Award Winner."
- Winners will be recognized in live screening events and in the online Winners Circle for each edition of the competition.
- Winning work will be showcased at international journalism festivals.
(More venues and screening dates will be added to this page as they become available.)
Work produced after January 1, 2018 is eligible.
- Entries must be shot primarily with a smartphone.
- Films may include shots made with actions cams or drones up to a maximum 25% of the total duration of the project. (Exceptions to this are allowed for the special award categories featuring drones and action cams)
- The jury for each edition of the awards will be selected from a pool of international mobile journalism experts.
- All submissions must be original and not include intellectual property that are protected by outside copyrights.
- Entrants consent to the use of their films or videos for live screenings. Entrants further consent to allowing their films to be screened in the online winner's circle and be recognized at live screenings.
- All submissions must be original.
- If music is used, it must be 'rights-cleared,' public domain, creative commons, original compositions. Verification may be requested by the jury.
- Entrants consent to the use of their films or videos for live screenings in film festivals and at journalism events.
Entrants further consent to allow winning work to be curated and publicized by the organizers.
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.
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.