The FPA is delighted to announce that the 2020 edition of the FPA Media Awards will be held on 23 November 2020 either virtually or in person, depending on Covid19 restrictions at the time.


Entries will open on 1 July 2020.

Please upload your entry forms and links to our dedicated FPA Awards website:

Info and videos of the last edition can also be found there.


Here are the WINNERS (in bold and yellow) of the #FPAawards19

- FPA Member TV & Radio Story of the Year:

Nima Elbagir

Made in America, lost in Yemen.



Birgit Maass

Great Britain: Victims of youth violence 

Deutsche Welle, Germany


Sergio Utsch, Sergio Gilz

Bolsonaro turns Brazil right in Israel 

SBT, Brazil

- TV News Story of the Year:

John Sudworth, Kathy Long, Lulu Luo, Wang Xiqing

Uigher families separated

BBC News

John Sparks, Garwen McLuckie

Shamima speaks 

Sky News 

Ivan Watson, Sandi Sidhu, Hilary Whiteman

Saudi sisters risk everything to flee oppression 


- Radio/Podcast Story of the Year:

Anna Cavell, Kate West, Gail Champion

The Orphanage Business

BBC File on 4


Joel Gunter, Josephine Casserly, Bridget Harney

The Undercover Migrant

Assignment - BBC Radio Current Affairs


Chloe Hadjimatheou, Mobeen Azhar, Richard Knight

FATWA Podcast

BBC Current Affairs for Radio 4

- FPA Member Print & Web Story of the Year:

Elodie Goulesque

The forgotten death of Dawn Sturgess

Explicite, France


Nick Miller

'I decided to die standing still': The moment that began the end of the Cold War

The Age, Australia 


Judith Mora

Los viñetistas británicos, al borde del ataque de nervios (British cartoonists on the edge of a nervous breakdown)

Agencia Efe, Spain

- Print & Web Story of the Year:

Louise Callaghan

Inside Syria: doctors who risk death every day

The Sunday Times


Tobias Jones, Ayo Awokoya

Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour?

The Guardian Long Read


Barney Jopson

Life on the edge at Trump's border

Financial Times

- Financial/Economic Story of the Year:

Samanth Subramanian

Hand dryers v paper towels: the surprising dirty fight for the right to dry your hands

The Guardian Long Read

Gavin Finch

The old daytime-drinking, sexual-harassing ways are thriving at Lloyd's

Bloomberg Businessweek

Sam Wollaston, Antonio Olmos

We want a better deal': talking Brexit aboard a fishing trawler

Guardian Weekend Magazine

- TV Documentary Story of the Year:

Namak Khoshnaw, Tom Roberts, Kai Lawrence, Christopher Mitchell, Tim Awford

Iraq: a state of mind 

BBC Arabic

Al Jazeera Investigations 

How to sell a massacre

Al Jazeera Media Network

Amy Richardson, Katie Rice

Child of Mine

True Vision for Channel 4

- Science & Environment Story of the Year:

Jonathan Watts

Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth 

Guardian Cities

Cori Crider, Sanjiev Johal

The Big Picture: The World according to AI

Al Jazeera English


Leslie Hook, John Reed 

Why the world's recycling system stopped working 

Financial Times

- Arts & Culture Story of the Year:

Leo Robson

After Darkness

1843 Magazine, The Economist 

Lois Beckett

Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels

The Guardian Long Read


Sarah Esther Maslin

Giving up the ghosts

The Economist

- Thomson Foundation Young Journalist of the Year:

Meiryum Ali, Pakistan

Producer/Correspondent, Soch Videos

  1. How money laundering works

  2. Evictions and Slum clearance

  3. Empress Market


Damilola Banjo, Nigeria

Investigative Reporter, Sahara Reporters


Sarita Santoshini, India

Independent Journalist


- Best Foreign Language Story about Britain:

Stefanie Bolzen 

My family at war

Welt am Sonntag, Germany


Antonello Guerrera 

A 499-km journey along the border of Brexit 

La Repubblica, Italy


Oyvind Nyborg, Johan E. Bull

Knife Crime in London 

NRK, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation

- Sports Story of the Year:

Tom Lamont

Dulwich Hamlet FC: the tale of a tiny football club that lost its home and won it back

The Guardian Long Read

Al Jazeera Investigations 

Cricket’s Match Fixers – The Munawar files

Al Jazeera Media Network


Sophie Elmhirst

Field of Dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships

The Guardian Long Read

- Travel & Tourism Story of the Year:

Margaret Simons, Dave Tacon

Sex Tourism- 'Do you ever think about me?'- the children sex tourists leave behind 

The Guardian Weekend Magazine

Stephen Bleach

Hell is other people

The Sunday Times


Tom Robbins

Glamping in Greenland: the ultimate getaway

Financial Times

- Journalist of the Year:


Previous Winners of the Journalist of the Year Award:

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.


The FPA is grateful to our External Judges for our 2019 edition:


IAIN OVERTON is an investigative journalist and author of The Price of Paradise: How the Suicide Bomber Shaped the Modern World and Gun Baby Gun: A Bloody Journey into the World of the Gun.

He runs the London-based Charity Action on Armed Violence. Iain was the first director of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and has won a Scottish BAFTA, a Peabody Award and was voted Best Broadcast Journalist at the Bar Council Awards in 2006.

FRANCINE LACQUA is an is an Italian journalist, television anchor and editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television. She is fluent in English, Italian and French. She has won Television Personality of the Year in 2013, awarded by the Association of International Broadcasters and an OPEC Award for Public Interest Broadcasting. Last year Francine was awarded the Order of the Star of Italy (equivalent of a dame/knighthood) for services to broadcasting.

ED STOURTON  is a BBC broadcaster and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme Sunday, and a frequent contributor to the Today programme, where for ten years he was one of the main presenters. He is the author of six books, most recently Blind Man's Brexit: How the EU took control of Brexit. Ed won the Amnesty International Award for Best TV Documentary in 2001.

Chair of the Judges 2019​:

Marco Varvello - Rai TV Public broadcasting (Italy)

External Judges 2019:

Francine Lacqua, Bloomberg TV

Iain Overton, Action Against Armed Violence

Ed Stourton, BBC

Internal Judges 2019 -  *** denotes Head Judge:

Patrick Anderson - MidDay Media (International)

Angela Antetomaso - CNBC Class (Italy)

Martin Benedyk - AP (USA)

Victoria Craw***- News.com.au (Australia)

Henriette Engbersen - SRF TV Public Broadcasting (Switzerland)

Carlos Fresneda - El Mundo (Spain)

Chloe Goudenhooft - RTBF Public Broadcasting (Belgium)

Eric Gui***- Xinhua News Agency (China)

Yukiko Kishimoto - Nippon TV (Japan)

Alex Khabarov*** - RTR TV (Russia)

Aditi Khanna - Press Trust of India (India)

Bruno Manteigas - Lusa News Agency (Portugal)

Nestor Marin - Prensa Latina (Cuba)

Kate McCure*** - Freelance (Australia)

Mark MacKinnon*** - The Globe & Mail (Canada)

Helena Nogueira*** - M-Net (South Africa)

Charlotte Potts - Deutsche Welle (Germany)

Tayfun Salci - Anadolu News Agency (Turkey)

Yasmeen Serhan*** - The Atlantic (USA)

Annamari Sipila*** - Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

Alexander Smotrov - Global Council (formerly RIA Novosti, Russia)

Nadia Turki - 7D News (UAE)

Patrick Van IJzendoorn - de Volkskrant (Netherlands)

Hans Van Leeuwen - The Australian Financial Review (Australia)

Fernanda Zaffari - TV Bandeirantes (Brazil)

Antonella Zangaro - La7 TV (Italy)

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