Media Awards

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