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Women freelancers triumph

The Rory Peck Awards celebrate the work of freelancers in news and current affairs across the world. Among the 2018 award-winners were American freelancer Roopa Gogineni and Norwegian-British filmmaker Deeyah Khan, while the Martin Adler Prize was given posthumously to Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The award for news features went to Roopa Gogineni for “The Rebel Puppeteers of Sudan”, her unique film about the creator of a satirical puppet show sharing news of the ongoing conflict in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. Broadcast by The New York Times, Roopa’s film was praised by judges as “a wonderfully original piece … She allowed the story to be told through the protagonists. It takes a really great journalist to be able to pull that off.”

The award for current affairs was won by Deeyah Khan and Darin Prindle for “White Right: Meeting the Enemy” (Fuuse Films for ITV Exposure). Their film sees Muslim filmmaker Deeyah sit face-to-face with neo-nazis, racists and proponents of the American ‘alt-right’ to get behind their violent ideology. Judges said: “The filmmakers put themselves in an extraordinary situation which challenged both the subject and them. They got under the skin of these characters in a way that no-one else has.”

The Martin Adler Prize was awarded posthumously to Daphne Caruana Galizia, a freelance investigative journalist who, at just 53 years old, was killed by a car bomb near her home in Malta in 2017. This special prize was created to honour a local freelancer who has made a significant contribution to newsgathering, either through a single story or body of work, but who is largely unrecognised by the international news media. Daphne is the first posthumous recipient of the Prize, which was collected by her son Matthew.

Clothilde Redfern, director of the Rory Peck Trust, said, “As our 2018 winners and finalists have shown, freelancers play a crucial role in global news gathering, accessing stories that can’t be reached and informing our lives through their powerful, eye-witness journalism. The Rory Peck Trust exists to support freelancers so that they can stay safe and continue to report in an increasingly hostile world.”

The Rory Peck Awards are dedicated to the work of freelancers working behind the camera in news and current affairs worldwide. Established in 1995 in memory of freelance cameraman Rory Peck who was killed in Moscow in 1993, the awards have become a prestigious event in the news and media calendar, attracting entries from many of the world’s most talented journalists, videojournalists and filmmakers. Website: