How To Register for 2020/2021 ILO Global Media Competition Online

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The Competition recognizes exemplary media coverage on labour migration and fair recruitment.

The competition aims to promote quality reporting on labour migration issues. It will give awards to two published media pieces. For the first time it will also give prizes for two ‘synopses’ of stories to be developed on labour migration or fair recruitment. This year, specific coverage of the issues related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers and their families, including with respect to the non-payment of wages, will be encouraged and viewed favorably.


  • The competition will award three prizes for professional journalists or media experts on the topic of labour migration and/or fair recruitment of migrant workers: two prizes will be awarded for a published media piece and one prize will be awarded for a synopsis.
  • The competition will also award one prize to a student journalist for a synopsis on the topic of labour migration and/or fair recruitment of migrant workers.
  • The winners will be able to choose between cash (US$1,200 in the published media piece and US$500 for the synopsis category) or a paid fellowship to participate in course in 2021 on a fair recruitment or labour migration at the ILO’s International Training Centre.


  • For the professional awards, this contest is open to media professionals and professional journalists who are 18 years of age and older. For the student award, this contest is open to students from journalism schools/universities who are currently enrolled in a journalism school or university curricula.
  • Entries should fall into one of the following two categories: i) Professional or ii) Student. Professionals can submit entries in two subcategories a) “Published media pieces” or b) “Synopsis”, and students can submit entries only in the “synopsis” subcategory.
  • To qualify, entries must have been published between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020.
  • A submission in any language is welcome, however an English, French or Spanish translation must be included if the submitted material, or parts of it are in another language.

Judging Criteria

The winners will be selected by a panel of experts in international migration and journalism, judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrating creativity and accuracy;
  • Using adequate terminology that protects migrants;
  • Promoting non-discrimination and
  • Highlighting the benefits of well-governed, safe labour migration, and fair recruitment.

How To Apply

You can submit your piece in the following categories: written press, photo essay, multimedia, video and/or radio.

Click Here To Apply

For more information, visit ILO.

Application Deadline: October 31, 2020

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