The only awards dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs are now open for entries.
The Rory Peck Awards are uniquely dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs worldwide. They celebrate creative, technical and journalism skills and highlight the important contribution that freelancers make to the newsgathering industry.
Across three competitive categories the awards honour quality of camerawork but also take into account individual endeavour and journalistic integrity. We welcome self-funded work and entries from freelancers living and working in regions where it may be difficult to operate. The Awards are free to enter.
All entries must have been shot by the entrant(s) who must be a freelance cameraman or camerawoman. For the purposes of the Rory Peck Awards, the term “freelance” is defined as someone who is gathering and generating stories for professional broadcast and online news and current affairs platforms. He/she will not have a permanent or rolling contract or salary but may be on a retainer with one or more organisation(s), work to commission or be paid by the piece. This can include those who, at times, may be required to supplement their income by other means.
Entries must have had their broadcast between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. All entries must be submitted and titled as broadcast (television, agency feed, recognised online news publisher). Entrants may submit one entry per category, but cannot submit the same entry twice.
Rory Peck Award for News
This award honours the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in the coverage of one news event where the focus is on the immediacy of the story. Broadcast news packages and agency feeds/un-voiced pieces are accepted in this category. Portfolio pieces and raw un-edited rushes are not accepted. (Duration: up to 10 minutes)
Rory Peck Award for News Features
This award honours the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news features that look beyond the immediacy of the news. Entries will have been broadcast within an online news platform, broadcast news programme or current affairs magazine programme. (Duration: up to 30 minutes)
Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs
This award honours the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in long-form current affairs that examines a single issue, story or situation and makes an impact on the viewer. Entries will have been broadcast as stand-alone films or as one of a programme strand. (Duration: up to 60 minutes)
Conditions of Entry
An entry will be declined if it is incomplete or does not meet the awards criteria. The Rory Peck Awards will not cover the cost of entry postage. The Rory Peck Awards reserve the right to change the category of an entry.
The Rory Peck Trust and its sponsors have the right to use entry material solely to promote the Rory Peck Awards and the Rory Peck Trust. The Trust and its sponsors may include and authorise the use of entry materials in all communications and production activity - including broadcast, digital and online sites – associated with the Rory Peck Awards and the Rory Peck Trust. For the avoidance of doubt, no payment is made for this use. No commercial rights are granted to the Rory Peck Trust.
The judges’ decision is final.
Once you have submitted your online entry form, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions of how to deliver your digital master material. If you do not receive this email, or if you have any questions, please contact Kate Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries not in English must be accompanied by a detailed and accurate storyline and translation, uploaded with the online entry form or emailed with the Word entry form to email@example.com.
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