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

    Amnesty Media Award Winners 2016
    Media Awards 2016 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 22nd 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.)

    Youth Media Award - honours students who have created content covering international or national human rights issues with a particular emphasis on how they impact young people.

    Download the 2016 Media Awards Submission

    Download the 2017 Youth Media Awards Submission


    2016 Award Winners

    National Print Award

    Portrait of Steven ChaseThree articles about the $15 billion Light Armoured Vehicle sale to Saudi Arabia, The Globe and Mail, January 7, April 13, and May 11, 2016.
    Steven Chase has covered federal politics in Ottawa for The Globe since mid-2001, arriving there a few months before 9/11. He previously worked in the paper's Vancouver and Calgary bureaus. Prior to that, he reported on Alberta politics for the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun, and on national issues for Alberta Report. He's had ink-stained hands for far longer though, having worked as a paperboy for the (now defunct) Montreal Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Vancouver Sun and the North Shore News. 

    Audio / Video Award 

    Cullen Crozier Forgotten Survivors APTN Investigates, February 19, 2016.
    Cullen Crozier is an award-winning video journalist, writer and editor with APTN Investigates. His work focuses on Indigenous stories, perspective and issues from across Canada. Cullen is a proud member of the Gwich’in Nation and a lifelong northerner, based in his hometown of Yellowknife Northwest Territories.


    Local / Alternative Print Award

    Josiah NeufeldHell And High Water, The United Church Observer, April 1, 2016
    Josiah Neufeld grew up in West Africa and now lives in Winnipeg. His essays, fiction, and long-form journalism have been published in The Walrus, Utne Reader, Hazlitt, The New Quarterly and The Globe & Mail. He’s a recipient of the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award for social justice writing




    Online Media Award

    Graphic Novel Safe House

    Marc Ellison is an award-winning photojournalist based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has worked across Africa since 2011, reporting on issues including the reintegration challenges facing female child soldiers in Uganda, child marriage and female genital mutilation in Tanzania, sex workers and the prevalence of HIV along Mozambique’s transit corridors, the health challenges facing families within Sudanese refugee camps, and how reality radio can aid farmers in Mali. Marc is passionate about pushing the boundaries of digital storytelling, including the use of interactive photo/graphic novels and 360 video. He has produced work for 60 Minutes, Al Jazeera, BBC, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Toronto Star, and Vice.

    Daniel Lafrance is a professional storyboard artist. In 2014, his graphic novel adaptation of Sharon E. McKay's novel. ‘War Brothers’, was nominated for an Eisner Award. ‘War Brothers’ tells the story of children forced to become child soldiers by the LRA in Uganda. He dedicates his spare time to projects like SAFE HOUSE, where he hopes his art can bring relevant and important stories such as these to a wider audience, and ultimately inspiring change.


    Youth Media Award - New Category

    Untitled: The Legacy of Land in North Preston

     Radio-Television-Journalism students* at Nova Scotia Community College.





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    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 22nd 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 September 2016 through 30 April 2017.

    The winner will be announced in September 2017. 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