Rules/Technical Requirements

General

Entry deadline is 12 February 2019. Please note entry deadline is final and there will be no extensions.

There is no entry fee.

Works must be:

  • In English or Chinese
  • Reported by professional journalists (except student categories), including freelancers, excluding corporations or activist groups
  • Published or broadcast during the past calendar year, January 1 to December 31, 2018 on a professional media platform (except students)
  • Reported from the Asia region, including Central Asia, excluding Middle East, Australia, New Zealand
  • Related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each entry must cite the specific article that the work seeks to address.

No more than three entries per journalist are accepted. In some cases, series of multiple works can constitute one entry – see “Category” section below.

For student awards, no more than two works per entrant are accepted. Works by groups of students are accepted.

Any work already submitted for one category cannot also be submitted into any additional category (with the exception of the two photography categories – see below).

Categories

Breaking News / Investigative Feature / Explanatory Feature / Commentary Writing

Works must have been published in text-based news media including, but not restricted to, newspapers, magazines, journals and wire service. For a series of work, all of which must have been published, choose the top two articles and provide a brief summary of the rest.

Photography (Single image)

We accept JPEGs with a quality setting of eight or above. They should be at least 2,500 pixels on the longest side and resize for smaller images. Entries must contain an English-language caption. If assistance is required for translation please contact the award administrators. A single image entry may also be submitted as part of a series.

Photography (Series)

Maximum eight images per entry. All photographs must cover one single, specific human rights issue.
We accept JPEGs with a quality setting of eight or above. They should be at least 2,500 pixels on the longest side and resize for smaller images. Entries must contain an English-language caption for each photograph. If assistance is required with translation please contact the award administrators.

Short Video (English, Chinese)

As originally published with duration less than five minutes. We accept MediaPlayer or Quicktime compatible files. If the work is available online, please submit a URL.

Documentary Video (English, Chinese)

As originally published with duration exceeding five minutes. We accept MediaPlayer or Quicktime compatible files. If the work is available online, please submit a URL.

Audio (English, Chinese)

Audio-based journalism using radio, podcast or other audio-based online formats, published on a professional media platform. We accept MP3 files. If the work is available online, please include a URL.

Multimedia (English, Chinese)

Makes use of two or more of the following mediums: text, photo essay, video, audio/podcast, infographic and/or interactive elements. This category is for works that do not fit easily into our other categories – so a standard article with a single photo, or a TV show with a simple transcript would not qualify. A URL is required for this category. Please note that we do not accept self-published works.

Student Writing (English, Chinese)

News articles and features published in either a student or professional publication, either online or offline, are eligible. Commentary articles, essays, personal blogs and unpublished manuscripts are not accepted. Online works must have appeared on sites linked to professional or campus media. Self-published works seen only on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo or other social media are not accepted.

Student Video & Audio (English, Chinese)

Broadcasts need to come from either a professional or campus media channel, either online or offline. Online works must have appeared on sites linked to professional or campus media. Self-published works seen only on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo or other social media are not accepted.

People’s Choice Photo Award

Judges will select entries from submissions to ‘Photography (Single image)’ and ‘Photography (Series)’ award categories. Separate submissions to this category directly are not accepted.

How to Enter

The 23rd Human Rights Press Awards are open for entry from 1 January to 12 February
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