Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award, in partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association

The competition is now in its ninth year, and open for entries until September 10th, 2021.

  • The award is an annual competition dedicated to finding and inspiring ambitious journalists from across the globe.
  • Journalists aged 30 and under, from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less that $20,000 are asked to send in their best stories.
  • Judges of the award look for stories that are revelatory, prompt public debate and have led to, or have the potential to lead to, positive change in society.

This year – in the year of COP26 – we are adding an additional environmental component to the awards. Every year, applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of three stories. This time, at least one of the three pieces submitted must have an environmental reporting element. 

Three finalists will be awarded £1,000 learning bursaries or funds to buy equipment. An additional £1,000 bursary will be awarded to the journalist with the best environmental story. Winner announcements will be made on the night of the FPA Awards in London on 29th November, 2021.

The competition is a great opportunity for young and aspiring journalists at the start of their careers. Syrian filmmaker, Waad Al Kateab, Sudanese journalist, Yousra Elbagir and Kenyan documentary maker, Maurice Oniang’o, have all benefitted from the annual competition, which is the highlight of the FPA Awards.

For further information, and to see the judges involved, please see:

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