Free Journalism & Student Journalism Awards – The Complete List

The only complete list of free journalism and student journalism awards in the UK and further afield.

We update this list at least once a week, but if something isn’t right, do get in touch. We’ll show awards which are open in green, and ones we know are definitely opening on time in orange. Awards left in black are based on last year’s dates.

We love tip-offs too, so do let us know of any good opportunities!

Don’t forget, you can also find up to date guides of journalism graduate schemes and freelance rates if you need them.

Last updated August 10

Rolling Applications

Journalism Diversity Fund
For those from a minority background to help them break into the media.

George Viner Memorial Fund Bursary
Grants for British Black and Asian students in need of financial assistance who have received a formal offer of a place on a course in print, broadcasting, photographic or online journalism.


WeAreTechWomen100 AwardsCloses August 12
Although this award focuses on celebrating women in tech, it also applies to technical journalism/production roles.

Watch Docs Human Rights in Film International FestivalCloses August 15
A free to enter, open invite for worldwide documentarians to submit films centred on human rights issues. Submissions in English or Polish with English subtitles.

Sutton Trust Alumni Awards 2022 – Closed August 15
Awards are available for candidates for outstanding achievements, social mobility activist, community champions and volunteer of the year. 

Asian Media AwardsCloses August 18
Dedicated to recognising Asian journalists across the media, who highlight race relations and human rights issues.

TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting: Uncovering Commercial BriberyExpected to reopen in Autumn 2022
These two $10,000 prizes recognise journalism that uncovers business-related bribery and financial crime.

John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme Re-Opening in Autumn 2022
Mentoring scheme for young journalists working in TV and film.

MY World 360˚ – Closed August 5, 2021
Immersive media creators are invited to submit stories exploring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a variety of media methods. Winners will have their stories shared at the UN General Assembly, and will access mentoring and sharing opportunities.

AAAS Kavli Science Journalism AwardsClosed August 1
An award recognising excellence in science, engineering and mathematics. Open to journalists across the globe who foster a better public understanding of science through content. Awards up to $5,000 USD.

International Women’s Film Festival – Closed August 1
A space for women to submit documentaries, fiction and animation addressing women’s rights and gender problems.

Society of Editors Media Freedom Awards – Closed August 6
Launched this year, the awards include 18 categories that will recognise achievements across broadcast, national, regional and online media platforms and will culminate with coveted awards celebrating the News Media Organisation of the Year, Freedom of Information Award, Investigation of the Year and Campaign of the Year.

IPSE Freelancer Awards 2021– Closed August 13, 2021
Multiple nationally-recognised awards covering a variety of categories, including: the Outstanding Freelancer Award, the Young Freelancer Award, the Freelancing Project Award, amongst others. Designed to recognise and celebrate innovation and excellence within the UK freelance community.

NewsAwards 2021 – Closed August 16, 2021
Celebrating the best in news media print, technology and business innovation. 

The Radio Academy 30 Under 30Closed August 31
An annual competition for the 30 best young talents in radio and audio.


Local Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Grant – Closes September 8
If you’re a journalist and your organisation has a refreshing and engaging story to tell the world, and you’re happy to team up with journalists across borders to tell exhilarating stories, this award is for you. Up to €100.000 EUR worth of funding for travel costs, translation, etc. is on offer on this cross-collaborative project.

SIFA Festival Awards –  Expected to Re-Open In September 2022
Submit a social impact film and the winner will receive $500 Canadian and have their film played at the festival.

The Frontline Club Annual AwardsExpected to Re-Open In September 2022
To recognise established and emerging talent in broadcast, print, and photojournalism.

TRT World Citizen Film FestivalClosed September 1
Up to $5,000 in prizes for humanitarian films, which explore global themes such as refugees and coronavirus.

Eurasian Creative Guild Awards Closed September 5
Up to $40,000 on offer across various categories, as well as the chance to get your book published in the UK.

Public Interest News Foundation Impact FundClosed September 7
The programme aims to award five grants of £8,000 to new journalism projects which encourage civic or democratic engagement. PINF is currently inviting brief expressions of interest from news publishers in London and Birmingham.

Free Press AwardsClosed September 15
Global awards for journalists who go to great lengths to make sure stories are told.

United Nations Correspondents Association AwardClosed September 15
Three categories to award the best of print, broadcast and climate change stories. Prizes amount to $60,000.

The National Geographic Traveller Travel Writing Competition – Closed September 19
Competition for aspiring travel writers to win an eight-night luxury tour of Kenya and the chance to kick-start your travel writing career.

Google News Initiative Startups Lab Europe – Closes September 20
A six-month programme that includes workshops, coaching and networking opportunities for independent news startups in Europe. Access up to €25,000 in grants.

BCTJ Awards – Closed September 30
Open to students on a BCTJ accredited course.


Fetisov Journalism AwardsCloses October 1, 2022
Organised by a Russian philanthropist called Gleb Fetisov, journalists can win up to $10,400 USD for their coverage on peace, civil rights, investigative reporting and environmental journalism.

Thomson Foundation Journalism Now ScholarExpected to Re-Open In October 2022
Annual journalism competition dedicated to finding and inspiring ambitious journalists from across the globe. Applicants must submit a portfolio of three stories, with at least one of the pieces having an environmental reporting focus.

The Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize CompetitionExpected to Re-Open In October 2022
Write a ‘dynamic, authoritative and lively’ essay of no more than 3,500 words and you could win £1,000 alongside having your piece published in The Bodley Head and the FT.

The Georgina Henry Award for Digital InnovationExpected to Re-Open October 2022
A £4,000 prize for innovative and impactful journalism, in honour of the late Guardian Deputy Editor, Georgina Henry. 

Nan Shepherd Prize – Closed October 6
A prize to recognise unpublished nature writers. The winner will receive a book deal with £10,000 advance and mentoring.

Independent Media Awards -Closed October 7
A series of awards highlighting, showcasing and rewarding independent outlets and journalists. Aims to promote and support the independent media sector as a whole.

The British Journalism Awards Marie Colvin Award – Closed October 8
Awarded to a “future Marie Colvin in the making” who raises the reputation of journalism.

The British Journalism Awards Barbara Blake Hannah Award – Closed October 8
An award for a journalist from a non-white ethnic background who entered the awards via the diversity bursary.

The British Journalism Awards (Diversity Bursary Entry) – Closed October 8
Free entry to all categories is offered to journalists from a non-white background, those with disabilities and female freelancers.

Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2021 – Closed October 12
For photographers under 18. Submissions of your best travel images – and winners can receive up to £500.

International Student Travel Video Contest – Closed October 13
Running on the theme of ‘Life after Lockdown’ the winner will be awarded $4000 (£3,127) while the runner-up gets $500 (£391). 

Professional Excellence Prizes for Foreign Journalists – Closed October 15 
From the Club of Foreign Press Correspondents – for USA-based journalists who work in a range of media formats. Winners will receive an award of excellence and $2,000-$5,000.

International Labour Organisation Global Media Competition – Closed October 15
$3,000 prize for professional journalists and $1,000 for students on the topic of labour migration.

The Hugo Young Award – Closed October 17
A scheme by the Guardian to encourage fresh new writing in political journalism from postgraduate students. £500 in cash and a chance to shadow a lobby reporter.

CarbonQuota Awards – Closed October 21
An award celebrating sustainability stories within the print and packaging industry. Includes an opportunity for guidance and professional feedback.

#Merky Books New Writers’ Prize – Closed October 30
Are you an unpublished writer aged 16-30? Send your manuscript and you could bag a publishing deal with #Merky Books.

BBC Young Reporter Competition – Closed October 30
For 11-18-year-olds who want to tell and report their stories on the BBC.

Megacities Shortdocs  – Closed October 31
People who live in a megacity (including London) are invited to submit a short documentary of up to four minutes, which raises awareness of urban challenges and solutions. The winner will receive a trip to Paris and $1,667.

The Hostwriter Prize – Closed October 31
Up to $5,000 for collaborative journalism stories.


NCTJ Awards for ExcellenceCloses November 11
Open to trainees and students on an NCTJ course, as well as community reporters.

The Allard Prize Photography CompetitionClosed November 1
Win CAND1,000 for photography which focuses on anti-corruption and human rights.

Fotoware Media Management Award – Closed November 1
An award for individuals working in media content management, who embody innovation and provide impactful solutions to the media world. 

International Sport Press Association 2021 Sport Media Awards – Closed November 4
Categories include writing, photography, audio and video and the the first, second and third place winners will receive $8,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

IJ4EU Impact AwardClosed November 8
Three €5,000 cash prizes available for collaborative, transnational investigations carried out by EU journalist teams. 

AIPS Sport Media AwardsClosed November 9
Looking for exceptional writing, photography and audio and video in sports journalism, the top prize is $8,000.  

RTS Student Television Awards – Closed November 15
Open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a news and current affairs category.

Write to End Violence Against Women Bursary – Closed November 15
A £450 bursary awarded to a new writer on the theme of violence against women.

Philip Meyer Journalism AwardClosed November 15
A contest that recognises the best social research journalism, first place prize is $500, second is $300 and third is $200. 

New Media Writing Prize Awards – Closed November 26
Prizes of between £500-£1,000 for the best digital storytelling.

World Photography Organisation Sony World Photography Awards, Student Competition – Closed November 30 
An opportunity to win a cash prize of up to $5,000 USD, photography equipment and an opportunity to showcase your work at the World Photo London exhibition.

BBC Radio 4’s Journey of a LifetimeExpected to reopen in November 2022
A £5,000 grant for an aspiring journalist to make the journey of a lifetime and make a radio documentary on it.

The Allard Prize Photography CompetitionExpected to re-open in November 2022
Win CAND1,000 for photography which focuses on anti-corruption and human rights.


Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Media Award – Closed December 3
For journalists who have published a story on modern slavery in Thailand, Cambodia, Brazil, Mexico, Bangladesh, or India.

American Association for Cancer Research June L Biedler for Cancer Journalism – Closed December 6
A free to enter awards stream for journalists spearheading investigations into cancer. Potential to win a $5,000 USD cash prize.

NEON Regional Spokesperson Network – Closed December 8
An award providing PR training, coaching and booking support to successful applicants. Four half days training covering messaging, communication and storytelling. 

European Press Prize – Closed December 10
Four awards available, alongside a ‘special award’, which gift the winners €10,000 for a project that may enrich journalism.

National Spokesperson Network training – Closed December 14
Four half-day training scheme to become an expert in broadcasting. It will take place over Zoom due to Covid-19.

World Teenage Reporting Project – Closed December 15
Profile stories from teenagers in any language can be submitted for these global awards. Winners will be showcased.

Podcasting for Business AwardsClosed December 18
A range of categories for podcasts produced by businesses.

Publisher Podcast Award – Closed December 17
Open to publishing companies, who publish English content in at least one other medium alongside the podcast. 

New Media Writing Prize, Student Award – Closed December 17
The best student writer will win either a creative writing course or a year’s magazine subscription.

World Photography Organisation Sony World Photography Awards, Youth Competition – Closed December 31
An opportunity to win a cash prize of up to $5,000 USD, photography equipment and an opportunity to showcase your work at the World Photo London exhibition.


Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalist – Expected to Re-Open January 1
$1,000 and expenses paid trip to ScienceWriters2021. Must be under 30, producing print/online science journalism.

Ian Bell Award – Closed January 10
£500 prize for under 30s living, working or studying in Scotland

World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest – Closed January 11
The winners of Photo of the Year and Photo Story of the Year will receive €5,000. 

World Photography Organisation Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Competition – Closed January 14
An opportunity to win a cash prize of up to $25,000 USD, photography equipment and an opportunity to showcase your work at the World Photo London exhibition.

The Sony World Photography Awards – Closed January 14
For a chance to win photographer of the year and $25,000, you can enter multiple works into their documentary category.

Adamah Media Writer’s Competition Closed January 17
Up to £200 in prizes for writers under 26 for a piece on a post-COVID world.

Union is Strength – Closed January 17
A new journalism project rewarding cross collaboration between young European journalists (aged up to 30) to win a €15,000 EUR prize. Applicants will take a cross-cultural look at various projects in France and Europe that are supported by the European Union’s cohesion policy. Must be able to write in either English or French.

Amnesty Media Awards 2022 – Closed January 20 
Amnesty Awards are open to UK journalists across various mediums, and celebrate excellence in human rights journalism.

Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils – Closed January 21
Awarded for coverage of an issue which enhances public understanding of a social issue.

The CIVIS Media Prize – Closed January 21
Up to $15,000 awards for work focused on migration, integration, diversity, and democratic culture.

The TV Collective Breakthrough Leaders – Closed January 21
TV professionals who identify as Black, Asian, or an Ethnic minority, from a diverse range of scripted and non-scripted roles, can apply for this award scheme. Successful applicants will receive mentorship. 

Student Publication Association Regional Awards –Closed January 22
Regional awards for members of a student publication in the UK or Ireland.

Health for All Film Festival – Closed January 30
Open to short films, social video and animations across categories of universal health coverage, health emergencies and better health and well-being. The winner in each category will get $10,000. Up to three runners up will receive $5,000.

The Hillman Prizes – Closed January 30
Prizes of $5,000 for investigative journalism, which must have been widely accessible to a US audience.

Forbes 30 Under 30 – Closed January 31
An award celebrating young people changing the world.  Includes a vast array of application categories, including arts, science and social impact to name a few.

Association of British Science Writers – Closed January 31
Free to enter for ABSW members, with prizes of up to £1,000 for winners

Tour de Moon Immersive Film Award – Closed January 27
Three grants worth £25,000 GBP each for creative pieces about the moon combining film, music, fancy dress and performance.  Winners of the grants will have their works performed and screened to audiences in Southampton, Leicester and Newcastle.

Dawn Foster Memorial Essay – Closed January 31
Open to UK-based writers aged 35 or under, applicants must submit a 1,500 essay on the UK housing crisis.

Wales Media Awards – Closed January 31
A range of awards to recognise achievements in the media in Wales.

Dr Katherine Giles Award For The Best Popular Article By A Scientist Or Engineer – Closed January 31
Part of the ABSW awards and comes with a £600 prize for the winner. Free to enter.


IAFOR Documentary Photography AwardPostponed due to COVID-19
Win up to £1,000 for images which explore the theme of ‘Reclaiming the Future’. Under 30s only.

The Sigma Awards for Data Journalism – Closed February 1
To reward exceptional data journalism across several categories, winning $5,000 and speaking opportunities in our online events..

Livingston Award for Young Journalists – Closed February 1
An award for journalists aged 34 and younger who submit works relating to current events, or provide new information about old events.  A total of $10,000
 USD will be allocated to three journalists.

Whickers Film & TV Funding Award – Closed February 7
Funding of £80,000 and £15,000 for emerging filmmakers to direct a non-fiction film of 50 minutes or more.  

GG2 Leadership Awards, Young Journalist of the Year – Closed February 8
Rewarding excellence in black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. Under 30s only.

Young Audio Awards – Closed February 15 
A free-to-enter award for young people entering the radio industry. Supported by both commercial and BBC radio, you will have the chance to take on some great opportunities, such as hosting your own radio show on a national level, specialist workshops, radio studio tours, and opportunities to fund new broadcasting equipment. 

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize – Closed February 15
Up to $25,000 for journalists or organisations making a significant contribution to press freedom, especially in high-risk areas.

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award – Closed February 16
An award for an exceptional storyteller based in Africa, with strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories. The winner will receive £2,000 per month, covering the living expenses of a three month placement. There is also a one-off payment of £5,000 as a contribution towards loss of salary in their home country.  

Northern Writers’ AwardsClosed February 17
Win a book deal and professional development, with advances and bursaries of £2-5,000 on offer.

Matthew Power Literary Reporting AwardClosed February 18
Win $12,500 plus research privileges and office space in New York.

ICFJ Knight International Journalism AwardClosed February 20
Award for pioneering coverage or media innovation, with prizes of up to $10,000.

International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Photo Contest – Closed February 24
Submit 12 examples of your photojournalism to show the range of your work. Prize money of $20,000.

IPG Independent Publishing Awards – Closed February 25
12 different awards to recognise the achievements of independent publishers in the UK and Ireland.

The Golden Turtle Awards Closed February 28
Individual prizes of up to $2,000 USD for projects showcasing ethical wildlife photography.

Association of European Journalists Louise Weiss Prize  – Closed February 28 
Up to €1,500 for journalism which covers European affairs in French. 

The Wincott AwardsClosed February 28
Under 30s can win £1,500 for work on business, economics and finance. Entries are open for seven different awards. 

Asian Art Association Asian Press Photo Competition – Closed February 28
An opportunity to win Picture of the Year, with a prize of up to 5,000 SGD. The association is committed to promoting cultural and artistic exchanges among Asian countries.

Index On Censorship FellowshipClosed February 28
Winners receive 12 months of capacity building, coaching and strategic support.

University of Oxford Philip Geddes Memorial PrizesExpected To Re-Open February 2023
The Geddes Trust awards £6,500 of journalism prizes to University students in Hilary Term.

WiJ Women In Local News AwardsExpected To Re-Open In February 2023
There are a bunch of categories to enter for this award, which celebrate women working in local news.


Big Picture – Emerging Photographer Grant – Closed March 1
A call for photographers aged 18-25 to explore conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. There are two $2,500 grants available.

Orwell Prize for JournalismClosed March 3
Awarded for sustained reportage or coverage across the year in any medium. A submission should consist of three articles.

WeAreTheCity Rising Stars – Closed March 8
Recognising 100 talented women across all industries, who are below senior or management level. 

Covering Climate Now Awards – Closed March 8
Inviting journalists from around the world and across newsroom beats to submit their work as exemplary coverage of the defining story of our time is celebrated. 

UN Women Cartoon and Comic CompetitionClosed March 14
Cash prizes for cartoonists aged 18 to 28 who picturise their vision of what a gender equal generation looks like. 

The Channel 4 Writing for TV Awards – Closed March 17 
Winner is offered the opportunity to work closely with Lime Pictures through a placement on the serial drama Hollyoaks, mentoring support and a bursary worth £3000.

SPA Awards for Student Journalism – Closed March 17
Annual student journalism awards for young people part of a SPA affiliated publication.

The Royal Statistical Society, Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards – Closed March 21
To reward excellence in using statistics to question, analyse and investigate the issues that affect society.

Statistical Excellence in Journalism Award – Closed March 22
Four awards that recognise the value of using statistics in journalism. 

RPS Young Classical Writers Prize – Closed March 22
A grand prize of £1,000 for outstanding writing on classical music. This is open to anyone aged 16-25. 

UN-Habitat Photo Contest – Closes March 31
A photo contest calling for images of urban life, the connection between city and rural life and the communities in them. 

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE) – Closed March 31
A funding stream set to support talented 18 -30 year olds to create positive impacts through social enterprise. There will be five winners in total, with a £60,000 prize fund and £100,000 worth of business support.

IJ Net – Youth multimedia competition accepting entries – Closed March 31 
Young people ages 10 to 24 can enter this contest. Finalists will receive a scholarship covering the fee for the camp, food, accommodations, and transport to and from the airport. Airfare is not included.

The Orwell Prize for Journalism – Closed March 31
Awarded to a journalist for sustained reportage and/or commentary working in any medium.

The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils – Closed March 31 
Named in recognition of the task Joseph Rowntree gave his organisation “to search out the underlying causes of weakness or evil” that lay behind Britain’s social problems, the prize supports and encourages original, insightful and impactful reporting on social issues in the UK. 

Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize –  Closed March 31
Awards of $10,803 for excellent reporting on sustainable development, democracy and human rights around the world.

InterAction Photography ContestPostponed due to Covid-19, may reopen in 2022
Prizes of up to $1,000 for powerful humanitarian photography. 

UK Picture Editor’s Guild Annual AwardsPostponed due to Covid-19
Free entry to the videographer and student categories.


AGU’s Science Journalism Awards – Closed April 1
Multiple awards for outstanding science news reporting and science feature writing. Nominations are open now. 

The Private Eye Paul Foot Award  – Closed April 4
£5,000 award to a journalist, group of journalists or publication for investigative and campaigning journalism.

MHP Mischief 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards – Closed April 7
Celebrates the brightest and best young people working in the media today. There are eight ‘thematic’ categories to enter, ranging from News, Politics, and Health to City & Business and International Affairs.

IJ Net – Human Rights and Religious Freedom Journalism Awards open – Closed April 12
The awards recognize courageous, groundbreaking, and in-depth reporting on pressing issues concerning Indian minorities and marginalized communities. Winners in each category will receive INR50,000 (US$658) and a plaque.

Reporteurs d’Espoirs European Young Reporter Awards – Closed April 15
With a cash prize of €3,000, journalists aged 18-30 can submit their solutions-driven stories.

Dive Photo Guide United Nations World Oceans Day 2022 Photography Competition – Closed April 15
Six competitions open for submission, accepting entries focusing on: revitalization, above water seascapes, underwater seascapes, nature-based solutions and ocean exploration, ocean critters, and coastal communities.

The Hugh Cudlipp Student Award – Closed April 19
The £1,500 prize, sponsored by The Daily Mirror, is given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism for an article, or series of articles, or video, exploring an issue of public interest or concern which, in the Cudlipp tradition, exemplifies lucid and graphic communication to a popular audience.

Belgrade International Film Festival – Closed April 20
For and by people with disabilities, the theme of the festival is the work and life of people with disabilities. The competition accepts documentaries up to 100 minutes long in English or with English/Serbian subtitles, produced in the last five years.

Kent Press & Broadcast Awards – Closed April 22
15 categories for journalism produced by individuals and websites in Kent.

Mary Mulvihill Award – Closed April 22
Awards €2,000 to a student at a HE institution in Ireland for work about science and industry. This year’s theme is ‘Water’. 

The Global Young Journalist Awards – Closed April 29
The Global Young Journalist Awards is an accessible competition that gives young people the chance to tell their story about an issue that matters to them, in a medium of their choice. 

Travel Media Awards – Closed April 29
Open to all travel writers, broadcasters and photographers, the Awards is a true barometer of the travel media sector.

Washington Post Stern Fellowship – Closed April 29
A three-month fellowship for experienced journalists at the Washington Post.


The Printing Charity Rising Stars – Closed May 3
Funding of up to £1500 to go towards training or equipment that will help your career progress.

Edinburgh TV Festival Ones to Watch 2022 – Closed May 11
An innovative award scheme giving television’s future best and brightest access to inspiring sessions, creative debate and unrivalled networking opportunities and mentorship. 

The Power Up Boost for Small BusinessesClosed May 12
Aimed at up and coming or established small businesses in need of funding, support and guidance to develop.

FIPP Rising Stars in Media – Closed May 13
For under 35s who have made a significant impact on a media business in the last 12 months.

IRN Awards for News Radio – Closed May 13
Student category for best news or sport is open to all.

National Diversity Awards – Nominations and voting closed May 20
Celebrates the excellent achievements of grassroots communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.

Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award – Closed 20 May
The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award recognises women professional photographers documenting important social, environmental, economic or cultural issues. One overall winner will receive £2,000 torwards an ongoing project and one runner up will receive £500.

Global Peace Photo Award – Closed May 29
Formerly known as The Alfred Fried Photography Award, photographers can win €10,000 for work showcasing human efforts for a peaceful world.

Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication – Closed May 31
Up to EUR100,000 (US$103,798), a diploma and a commemorative artwork display on offer for applications covering any aspect of environmental communication

Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism – Closed May 31
The three Award categories recognise the journalists most admired by Kurt: freelancers, local reporters and news fixers.


Sundance Institute Documentary Fund – Closed June 6 
A funding pool which supports work that has expressed the world in “creative, complex, beautiful, and provocative ways.” Applications from underrepresented communities are encouraged.

Bayeux Calvados-Normandy award for war correspondents – Closed June 7
€7,000 prizes for radio, photography, television reporting about a conflict situation, or the defence of freedom.

Freelance Writing Awards – Closed June 8
Created by freelancers, this award celebrates the talent of UK freelancers in the journalism industry who do not have support from a media company. Numerous prizes on offer, including mentorship and trophies.

Prix Albert Londres Prize – Closed June 10
Three separate prizes for French-speaking journalists aged 40 or under. Includes prizes for print, book entries and broadcast.

DIG Awards, Video Category – Closed June 12 
An award rewarding excellence in investigative reporting, giving filmmakers and audio storytellers the chance to shine. Winners of the competition will be given a chance to win EUR15,000 to finish their project.

DIG Awards, Audio Category – Closed June 12
An award rewarding excellence in investigative reporting, giving filmmakers and audio storytellers the chance to shine. Winners of the competition will be given a chance to win EUR15,000 to finish their project.

Goi Peace Foundation’s International Essay Contest for Young People – Closed June 15 
Write an essay to your present self from 2030 and you could win US$900 and attend the award ceremony in Tokyo.

ConnectHER Film Festival –  Closed June 15
$5,000 prizes for students under 25 who submit a film on global women’s issues.

DIG Awards, Pitch Category – Closed June 15
An award rewarding excellence in investigative reporting, giving filmmakers and audio storytellers the chance to shine. Winners of the competition will be given a chance to win a EUR15,000 to finish their project.

PLURAL+ UN Video Competition  – Closed June 17
Submit a video on migration, diversity or social inclusion for the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival and you could be flown out to collect the award.

Netflix The Screenwriter’s Fellowship – Closed June 18
Bursary of up to £22,568 for underrepresented writers to create a spec script for an original idea over the course of a year, as well as access to monthly development events and workshops.  Includes a paid placement in a Netflix/Sky writers room, and a newsroom.

PPA 30 Under 30 Student of the Year – Closed June 28
Open to current journalism students or recent graduates.


DIG Awards, Video and Audio Category – Closed July 1
An award rewarding excellence in investigative reporting, giving filmmakers and audio storytellers the chance to shine. Winners of the competition will be given a chance to win EUR15,000 to finish their project.

#Youth4RegionsClosed July 12
Travel and expenses covered for several EU press trips across 2021 for young students or journalists.

SRA Student Radio AwardsClosed July 16
Student Radio Awards for those involved with an SRA-affiliated station.

UK Social Enterprise Awards 2022 – Closed July 15
Fifteen awards launched to celebrate the contributions made by social enterprises addressing issues around diversity, inclusion, equity and justice.

Ian Parry Scholarship – Closed July 15
Two awards of US$3,500 to help young photographers and photography students undertake a documentary project.

W&A Working-Class Writers’ Prize – Closed July 18
Open to working-class writers writing in all genres. Winners will receive a £200 cash prize, a mentoring session with judge and author Paul Mendez, access to a number of W&A writing and publishing events, and writing guide bundles.

National Geographic Travel Writing CompetitionClosed July 24
Write 500 words on a standout travel experience for the chance to get published in NatGeo and win a trip across Greenland.

Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism – Closed July 31
A EUR20,000 (US$21,044) prize which rewards outstanding journalism that promotes or defends the core principles and values of the European Union. These include topics protecting human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights.

Rory Peck Award – Closed July 31
Four categories to enter here, to celebrate outstanding work produced by freelance journalists and filmmakers worldwide.

Other Schemes

There are a number of other schemes we are aware have run in the past but we are unable to provide details of when or if they will re-open at present. We will provide new information as soon as it becomes available.

These schemes are:

  • UK Blog Awards
  • BBC Radio 4 Today Programme Student Journalism Awards
  • Column Idol (The Sun)
  • We Art Water Festival Award
  • Guardian Student Media Awards
  • Magazine Academy Awards
  • Words by Women Awards
  • Wyn Harness Prize (The Independent)
  • Travelex Best New Travel Writer
  • Sensora Music Journalism Bursary
  • David Welch Sports Award
  • CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year Award
  • The Comment Awards
  • AITO Travel Writer of the Year
  • Creative Access & Getty Images Photojournalism Scholarship
  • One Young World Journalist of the Year
  • Theatre Photograph of the Year
  • Anthony Howard Political Prize