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The winners of the #FPAawards21 are highlighted in yellow.

To find out more, please head over to our dedicated awards website












Winners' pictures (by Douglas Fry)

- FPA Member Story of the Year in a Foreign Language:

Yannis Andritsopoulos

Johnson Douses Greek Hopes for Return of Parthenon Marbles

Ta Nea - Greece

Niklaus Nuspliger, Natalie Wenger (Graphics)

Glasgow, die Drogenhölle Europas (Glasgow, Europe’s Drug Hell)

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), Switzerland

Dagmar Seeland with Tessa Bunney (Photos)

Schatz im Schlick (Treasure in the Mud)

Stern Magazine, Germany


- Environment Story of the Year:

Drew Ambrose, Michael Beran, Craig Hansen & team

101 East - Birds on the Brink

Al Jazeera English

Ivana Kottasová, Swati Gupta, Helen Regan

The Pandemic Gave the World a Golden Opportunity to Fix the Climate Crisis, We’re About to Waste It.


Alex Thomson, Lawrence Carter, Nanette van der Laan, Damian Kahya

ExxonMobil’s Lobbying War on Climate Change Legislation

Channel 4 News and Unearthed

- TV News Story of the Year:

Clarissa Ward, Tim Lister, Sebastian Shukla, Darya Tarasova, Jeff Kehl, Christian Streib, Michael Pohl, Oscar Featherstone

Investigation Into the Poisoning of Alexey Navalny

CNN and Bellingcat

Secunder Kermani, Mahfouz Zubaide, Fred Scott

Meeting the Taliban

BBC News

Robert Moore, Mark Davey, Sophie Alexander

Storming of the Capitol

ITV News

- Print & Web Story of the Year:

Ed Caesar

Rocket Men

The New Yorker - USA

Tahir Hamut Izgil (translated by Joshua Freeman)

One by One, My Friends Were Sent to the Camps

The Atlantic - USA

Shaun Turton

Cyber Slavery: Inside Cambodia’s Online Scam Gangs

Nikkei Asia

- Radio/Podcast of the Year:

Josh Baker

I’m Not a Monster

BBC Panorama, PBS Frontline

Basia Cummings, Matt Russell, Claudia Williams

Left to Die: Escape from the Amarula

Tortoise Studios

Nicky Woolf, Gary Marshall, Joanna Humphries, Tom Kinsella

Finding Q: My Journey Into Q'Anon

Audible and Tortoise Media

- Story about Britain by a Full FPA Member:

Matthieu Boisseau

Sands United

France TV - France 2

Olivia Konotey-Ahulu

How London’s Property Boom Left Black Britons with Nothing

Bloomberg Equality + Wealth

Paola Totaro

Their Finest Hour: UK’s Volunteer Army

The Weekend Australian News Corporation

- Travel & Tourism Story of the Year:

Fuchsia Dunlop

What I Discovered on my Quest to Meet China’s Most Influential Female Chef

FT Weekend Magazine

Richard Quest, Victoria Brown and Alasdair Skene

Quest’s World of Wonder: Cappadocia


Samira Shackle

How Western Travel Influencers got Tangled Up in Pakistan’s Politics

Guardian Long Read

- Financial/Economic Story of the Year:

John Arlidge

Carlos Ghosn Exclusive Interview

Sunday Times

Jonathan Nunn

Gulp! The Secret Economics of Food Delivery

1843 Magazine

Ian Wishart, Alberto Nardelli and Tim Ross

How Brexit Talks Overcame Suspicion, Resentment and Fish

Bloomberg News

- TV Documentary Story of the Year:

Josh Baker

Return From Isis - A Family’s Story

BBC Panorama, PBS, Mongoose Pictures

Richard Bentley, Sam Forsdike

The Man Who Fell from the Sky

Postcard Productions for Channel 4

Robert Moore, Mark Davey, Sophie Alexander

Storming the Capitol: The Inside Story

ITV News

- Arts & Culture Story of the Year:

Amber Fares, Rachel Leah Jones, Rabab Haj Yahya, Reem Haddad and Fiona Lawson-Baker,

Witness – Reckoning with Laughter

Soc Doc Studios for Al Jazeera English

Alex Perry

The Plot to Kill the Olympics

Outside Magazine

Florence Phillips, Meenakshi Ravi, Daniel Turi

The Listening Post - The Battle for the BBC

Al Jazeera English

- Thomson Foundation Young Journalist of the Year:

Tatiana Pardo Ibarra, Colombia

Freelance, Mongabay Latam/Dialogo Chino

1) Where Does the Beef that Causes Deforestation go?

2) The DNA Test to Tackle the Endangered Shark Fin Trade

3) Nukak-Maku Indigeneous People Cornered by Palm, Coca and Criminal Gangs

Mahima Jain, India

Freelance Online/Multimedia, Article 14/Suno India

1) ’No-One Knows About Me’: India’s Left-Behind Women

2) Climate Emergency

3) The Silent Pandemic of Violence Against India’s Women

Kai Hui Wong, Malaysia

Online/Multimedia Journalist, Malaysiakini

1) Company Linked to Royalty in Lynas’s Waste-Disposal Site Project

2)’Why Are We Moving Backwards?’: Erased Trans Healthcare Rights in Malaysia

3) Home to Tapirs and Elephants or Mining Site for Pahang Royals?

- Science Story of the Year:

Madlen Davies, Rosa Furneaux, Iván Ruiz, Jill Langlois, Chrissie Giles, Ben du Preez

‘Held to Ransom’: Pfizer Demands Governments Gamble with State Assets to Secure Vaccine Deal

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Dr Sanjay Gupta, Samantha Bresnahan & Team

Vital Signs with Dr Sanjay Gupta: Venom-Derived Medicine


Paola Totaro

What Makes Sense?

The Australian Newspaper and Weekend Magazine

- Journalist of the Year 2021

Robert Moore - ITV News

Judges’ Meeting 2021 (image Fernanda Zaffari)

The FPA's External Judges for our 2021 edition #FPAawards21:


Dr ZAHERA HARB is director of MA International Journalism and MA Media and Globalisation programs at City University, London.

She has published widely on Journalism and Politics in the Arab region. 

She is co-editor of Middle East Journal and an Associate editor of the academic journal Journalism Practice

Dr Harb was one of the main news anchors at Tele Liban. At New TV she hosted the main daily political show (Al Hadath) and at Future TV (Pan Arab satellite channel) she produced and presented her own socio-political program. She is a trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), and works as trainer and consultant with the Thomson Foundation UK

Sir CLIVE JONES is a journalist and a champion of humanitarian causes. He was Chief Executive of ITV News and Regions until 2007 and the longest serving senior executive in ITV. During his career he was Managing Director of the ITV Network, CEO of the Carlton Television Group, MD of Central TV and MD of London News Network. He is now a trustee of the Thomson Foundation, chair of trustees of the Runnymede (UK’s leading independent race equality think tank), and Chair of Sightsavers, a charity that works to prevent avoidable blindness worldwide. He was knighted in 2019.

DOUG WILLS  is Editor Emeritus of the London Evening Standard and The Independent. He has been with the Evening Standard for 30 years, 15 as managing editor and 10 of those as Group Managing Editor, including of the Independent. Doug trained with Thomson Regional Newspapers in Berkshire before joining the Western Daily Press in Bristol, becoming political correspondent. Doug moved to London in the mid-80s with the Mirror Group for the launch of the London Daily News. He then joined the Evening Standard. 

He is also on the board of the Society of Editors and is chair of The London Press Club.


External Judges 2020:

Seyi Rhodes

Sarah Sands

John Lloyd

Previous Winners of the Journalist of the Year Award:

2020 Maria Ressa, Rappler

2019 Namak Koshnaw, BBC Arabic

2018 Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Reuters

2017 Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

2016 Marcel Mettelsiefen, Channel 4

2015 Martin Chulov, The Guardian

2014 Ed Caesar, New Yorker 

2013 Anthony Loyd, The Times

2012 Paul Wood, BBC 

Special posthumous award to Marie Colvin, Sunday Times

2011 Nick Davies, The Guardian

2010 Anthony Thomas, Mentorn & HBO and Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian

2009 Martin Hickman, The Independent


In previous years, our Guests of Honour and Keynote Speakers have included:

- Hon Fabien Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar

- Senator Mario Monti, Former Prime Minister of Italy 

- HM Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan 

- HRH the Prince of Wales

- HM King Felipe VI of Spain 

- Prime Minister Boris Johnson (when Mayor of London)

- Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, former First Minister of Wales

- Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of RSF

  (Reporters Without Borders)

- three former British Foreign Secretaries 

- the former US Ambassador Matthew Barzun 

- Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel Prize Winner and first ever Indian President of the Royal Society.

HM Queen Rania of Jordan is, to date, the only-ever recipient of the FPA Humanitarian of the Year Award, which she received in 2016 (see here).


Every year, the guest list for the Awards is made up of around 350-400 influential members of the British and International media, UK politicians, business leaders, foreign government representatives and other leading opinion makers.


Dr Zahera Harb
Sir Clive Jones
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