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    The Amnesty Canada Media Awards: honouring journalists for outstanding human rights reporting

    Media Awards 2015 at Gardiner Museum, Toronto. Photos by: Danilo Ursini

    The Amnesty International Canada Media Awards honour the efforts of journalists to increase Canadians' awareness and understanding of human rights issues. Now in its 19th year, these awards recognize the media’s efforts to bring awareness to international human rights issues that fall within the mission of Amnesty International.

    We ask journalists to submit work in the following categories:

    National print – including newspapers and national magazines

    Audio/Video – television or radio news and documentaries

    Local/ alternative – local and alternative newspapers and special audience magazines

    Online - a journalist product for a Canadian audience, only available online from a website where journalists have originated the content, or selected and amplified it (maximum of three entries.)

    Download the 2015 Media Awards Submission


    2014 Award Winners

    National Print Award
    Jennifer Quinn Amnesty International Media Awards

    Nathan VanderKlippe
    “Inside China’s war on terror”
    The Globe and Mail
    August 16, 2014



    Audio / Video Award - Short Form Winner
    David McDougall Amnesty International Media AwardCarol Off Amnesty International Media Awards

    Brennan Leffler and Nisha Pahuja

    “Indian Bus Outrage”
    Global News 16X9 
    January 4, 2014


    Audio / Video Award - Long Form Winner

    Ric Esther Bienstock
    “Tales from the Organ Trade”
    History Channel
    July 7, 2014




    Local / Alternative Print Award
    Katie DeRosa Amnesty International Media Awards

    Carol Sanders
    “Nowhere to go: Life in Dadaab”
    Winnipeg Free Press
    June 2014



    Online Media Award

    Asha Siad and Roda Siad

    “Living at the Border”
    multimedia presentation
    live on web April 23, 2014


    The 2014  winners were announced on 22 December with the awards being presented at an event on 9 April in Toronto. For more information on the winners, click here.

    View list of past winners of the Amnesty International Media Awards

    See images from this year's Amnesty International Media Awards


    Amnesty International Canada Youth Media Award

    This new award is for journalism covering international or national human rights issues with particular emphasis on how they impact young people. The presentation of the award will be part of Amnesty International Canada’s annual Media Awards ceremony in the 21st year.

    The competition is open to any student at a Canadian university, or college who has had an article published or a piece broadcast or posted in a recognized student media outlet during the period from 30 September 2014 through 30 April 2015.

    The winner will be announced in September 2015. The prize is $500 dollars. The winner will also later receive an Amnesty International Canada Youth Media Award Certificate at the annual Amnesty International Canada Media Awards event.

    Media Award Winners