Win up to 520,000 CHF for Journalists in the Fetisov Journalism Awards 2020

If you’re a journalist doing outstanding deeds in the field, apply for the 2020 Fetisov Journalism Awards to receive recognition and be awarded up to 520,000 CHF in cash prize. 

This is a unique opportunity for outstanding journalists worldwide to be celebrated for their exemplary dedication, service, and contributions to the profession. 

Nominate yourself or someone deserving to be a shining example to up and coming journalists everywhere and stand alongside other worthy journalists who have brought change to the profession, lives, society, and the world as a whole.

Submit your publications and if you are selected, win monetary prizes, receive recognition, and promote contemporary journalism to new heights.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2020


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All selected winners will receive up to 520,000 CHF. Winners will receive the following:

  •  A cash prize of 130,000 CHF, inclusive of tax, will be shared by 3 winners in each award category as listed below:
    • 100,000 CHF awarded to the 1st prize winner.
    • 20,000 CHF awarded to the 2nd prize winner.
    • 10,000 CHF awarded to the 3rd prize winner.
  • Award(s) in any of the following categories:
    • Outstanding Contribution to Peace
    • Excellence in Environmental Journalism
    • Outstanding Investigative Reporting
    • Contribution to Civil Rights


The Journalism Award contest is open to

  • Certified professional journalists
  • Freelance journalists.

Rules/Requirements for Entry

  • 3 journalists max. can  be nominated from one journalism organization/media outfit for participation in the contest
  • A single entry per individual is allowed (one reporting or a series of reportings)
  • Publications submitted in the contest must have been published in printed media and/or posted virtually from June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020.
  • Self-nominations are accepted 
  • Published materials in printed media, posted on media websites and media will be accepted for participation in the contest.
  • Films, videos, and audio recordings as separate pieces of work are not accepted for the contest.
  • The submission form may be filled out by a representative of a registered organization nominating another journalist or by a nominee. The information must be provided in English.
  • If a nominated publication was created by a team of authors each of the authors must sign a letter of consent. A letter of consent (or several letters scanned in one file) should be attached to the application form and submitted via the website.
  • All publication submissions must be provided in English. Publications in languages other than English will be accepted provided that they are accompanied by a translation into English. 

(The translation must be provided in the same file as the original publication. The translation must be carried out by a professional translator and be of high quality. The translation must be accurate and complete; it has to be carried out in line with the norms and standards of the English language. Translation through an automatic engine is not valid. Verbatim translation will not be accepted.)

  • The word limit for the submitted publications is 20,000 words.
  • One publication must be attached to the application form in accordance with the instructions on the website. If a series of publications on one subject is submitted for the contest they must be sent, together in a single file. The attached file must be in PDF format and must not exceed 10 Mb. 
  • A signed scanned copy of the author’s consent to participate in the contest must be attached to the application form if the application is submitted by the third person

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Application Instructions

There’s no fee charged for applying. The following details must be indicated in the form as stated below:

  • Personal details about the representative of a journalism organization:
    • Surname and first name
    • Professional journalism organization being represented
    • Country of registration of the professional journalism organization
    • Contact details (phone number, e-mail)
  • Personal details about the author of the publication:
    • Surname and first name
    • Gender
    • Citizenship or country of residence
    • Author’s place of work (name of an organization and address)
    • Author’s position
    • Contact details (phone number, e-mail)
    • Contact details of organizations for requesting references about the author(-s)
    • A signed copy of the author’s (authors’) consent to participate in the contest if the application is submitted by the third person (PDF, 10 Mb maximum size)
  • Data about the publication
    • Category of the competition
    • Information about the publication (title and media platform where the reporting was published, country of publication (for printed publications)
    • The original language of publication
    • Link(-s)  to the publication, date of publication
    • Reasons for nomination in brief (a few statements)

Submissions not properly detailed will not be considered, so forward all questions to

 Click here to submit publications. 

About the Fetisov Journalism Awards

Founded by the Russian philanthropist, Gleb Fetisov, the Fetisov Journalism Awards is an initiative created to promote universal human values through the example of outstanding journalists from all over the world as their dedicated service and commitment contribute to changing the world for the better. 

Spanning across 4 categories, the award contest celebrates and acknowledges the inspiring deeds of the award nominees and winners. 

The award contest brings journalists together from across the globe as a network of like-minded people to create new synergies and to raise journalism to new levels. 

It’s hoped the widespread impact of the award will encourage more exemplary conduct and dedication to the profession. 

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Key Dates and Order of Program

Submissions with all relevant attachments must be submitted before August 1st, 2020 (23:59 UTC).

Short-listed Contestants will be listed by November 1st, 2020, and published on the official website of the organization.

The winners will be selected and informed by December 1st, 2020.

Winning entries in each category will be announced on February 10th, 2021.

The publications submitted will be reviewed and assessed based on the following criteria:

    • Accuracy: Factual and reliable information
    • Independence: Free of Political influence, undue and corporate bias 
    • Impartiality and fairness
    • Humanity: the manner in which ethical codes of non-discrimination and respect for victims, minorities and vulnerable groups are implemented
    • Transparency: the level of openness and clarity displayed in the reporting process plus the level of author’s accountability 
    • Promotion of ethical principles: impact of the publication on a local, national, and global scale.

2019 Winners

  • Outstanding Contribution to Peace
    • Mohamed Abo-elgheit: ( Egypt)- 1st Prize. 
    • Winning Article: “The End User: How Did Western Weapons End Up in the Hands of ISIS and AQAP in Yemen?”
  • Contribution to Civil Rights
    • Katie May: (Canada)- 3rd Prize.
    • Winning Article: “Remote Life, Rough Justice”
  • Outstanding Investigative Reporting
    • Diego Cabot (Argentina)- 1st Prize
    • Winning Article: “The Notebooks of Corruption”
    • M. Destal, G. Livolsi, L. Tugnoli, M. Despratx: (France)- 2nd Prize
    • Winning Article: “Made in France”
    • Roli Srivastava: (India)- 3rd Prize
    • Winning Article: “Missing Wombs: The Health Scandal Enslaving Families in Rural India”
  • Excellence in Environmental Journalism
    • Isaac Anyaogu, Petra Sorge: (Nigeria, Germany)- 1st Prize
    • Winning Article: “Dying in Instalments” 
    • Philip Jacobson, Tom Johnson: (United States, United Kingdom)- 2nd Prize
    • Winning Article: “The Secret Deal to Destroy Paradise”
    • Amos Abba(Nigeria)- 3rd Prize
    • Winning Article: “How Nestle Nigeria Contaminates Water Supply of Its Host Community in Abuja”
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