Rory Peck Awards

Rory Peck Awards for News Cameramen and Camerawomen in Disaster Areas 2017

The only awards dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs are now open for entries.

Application Deadline: 3rd July 2017

About the Award: The awards welcome self-funded work and entries from local freelancers, especially those living and working in regions where it is difficult to operate. 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.

Type: Awards


  • Rory Peck Award for News (maximum duration: 10 minutes)
  • Rory Peck Award for News Features (maximum duration: 30 minutes)
  • Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs (maximum duration: 60 minutes)

All entries must have had their first broadcast (television, agency feed or recognised online news publisher) between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

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.

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.

Selection Criteria: Across all categories the awards recognise quality of camerawork, but also take into account individual endeavour and journalistic integrity.

Value of Program: Not stated

Timeline of Program: This year’a awards night is on Monday 23rd October

How to Apply: 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

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

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: Rory Peck Trust

Important Notes: Entry forms are also available in Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish on request.

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