The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched its seventh annual Global Media Competition for professional and student journalists. Its aim is to recognize fair and balanced reports that contribute to the elimination of xenophobia and discrimination against migrant workers and highlight the positive contributions migrants make to society.

Specific media coverage of the impact of COVID-19 on labour migration and fair recruitment, including contributions of migrant care workers, will be viewed favourably, as well as stories about migrant domestic workers to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention.

The competition is open to professional and student journalists and will be judged by a panel of international migration and journalism experts. The winning entries will be selected according to a range of criteria including creativity, accuracy, balance and the positive portrayal of labour migration, with a focus on the protection of migrants.

Three professional prizes and one student prize will be awarded. Winners can choose between a cash prize of USD1,200 in the professional category and USD500 in the student category, or a paid fellowship to participate in an online ITC-Turin course on a fair recruitment or labour migration related topic in 2022.

How to Enter

  • Complete the online entry form as either a ‘professional’ or ‘student’ entrant.
  • You can submit your piece in the following formats: written press, photo essay, multimedia, podcast, video and/or radio.
  • Students are allowed to submit a published or unpublished media piece. 
  • The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2021 at 23:59 (CET). The winners will be announced in December 2021, ahead of International Migrants Day.