Mobile Journalism Awards

The Mobile Journalism Awards is an annual film competition produced by the Visual Editors Non-Profit to identify, advance and celebrate the best mobile journalism reporting each year.

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Win $1,000 and a trip to #Mojo Awards in Italy – New Category and sponsor for Mobile Journalism


Mobile Journalists can win $1,000 cash and a paid trip to the #Mojo Awards event at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.

This prize and the travel award is thanks to a new Category and a new sponsor of Mobile Journalism Awards.

Here are the details.


Each journalist who has a story selected as a finalist will be awarded a $500 gift certificate from the Smart Film School.

Celebrating The Best of Mobile Journalism


#MojoAwards categories:

  • Mobile Journalism
  • Crisis Reporting
  • Documentary
  • Rural Voices
Call for entries


Winning films will be screened at international events and will receive prizes donated by The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)  and the Smart Film School.

Two Ukrainian journalists during a mobile journalism training workshop with Robb Montgomery in Ukraine.
Ukrainian journalists in Odessa attending a mobile journalism training workshop.


Finalists films are screened at special events at the NABSHOW in Las Vegas and the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.

NAB Show – Las Vegas

The Mojo Awards finalists are screened at the NABshow.
The workshop is hosted by the Broadcast Educator’s Association.

International Journalism Festival – Perugia, Italy

We screen winning films at the Festival in Perugia, Italy.
In 2025, we will have a Red carpet event to honor the winners courtesy of our sponsors.

Additional screenings are also made invitation at global journalism conferences and other events organized by U.S. Speaker Program.

Request information about hosting a screening event.


    In addition, the best films from all seasons of the Mobile Journalism Awards are curated in a permanent collection at the Smart Film School.
    This allows scholars from all walks of life to review the collective body of documentary film work and new entries from each year’s competition results.


    Students need not be intimidated to submit their work.
    In fact, a female student from Mexico was awarded Best Documentary honors in season two.


    Mobile Journalism
    • An open call for feature stories, news reports, travel stories, and human-interest features that have been shot primarily with smartphones.

    NOTE: Judges can make several awards from work entered into this category. It all depends upon the variety, originality and quality of the work sent in.

    • Assets from other small mobile gear like portable mics, GoPros, Drones, 360° and Action Cams is allowed.
    • English Subtitles (burned in) are mandatory for any non-English scenes.
    • All aspect ratios are supported (Square, Horizontal, Vertical).

    • Non-fiction subject between 3 and 10 minutes in length on any topic. Must be accurately reported with integrity using journalism ethics. Creative approaches to editorial illustration and narrative exposition that push the frontier of the documentary genre forward are certainly welcome.

    Crisis Reporting
    Entries may consist of reports, documentaries, live shots, news packages, or human-interest features that have been shot primarily with smartphones.
    • Stories can be filmed in any location (battlefield, border crossings, homes, in transit, or anywhere necessary to tell the story of the crisis).
    • Assets from other small mobile gear like portable mics, GoPros, Drones, 360°, and Action Cams is allowed, but material that was clearly produced with the capabilities of larger cameras is ineligible.
    • English Subtitles (burned in) are mandatory for any non-English scenes. All aspect ratios are supported (Square, Horizontal, Vertical).

    Rural Voices
    This award will go to the best story (shot on a mobile phone) highlighting rural issues or reporting on the challenges of daily life of people living in rural or remote areas of the world, whether focused on food security, the effects of climate change and challenges of farming, issues around connectivity, access to markets/transport etc., challenges of youth unemployment or other.

    We are particularly interested in entries from people living in fragile environments and crisis areas. Entries from rural women, youth and people from indigenous communities are particularly welcome. 

    $1,000 Cash Prize for Rural Voices

    • FAD will offer a cash prize of US$ 1000. 
    • IFAD will provide flights and accommodation (up to the value of US$3,000 for the winner to attend, take part and receive their award at a MOJO awards event at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia in April 2025.  (Visa situation allowing).
    • If that is not feasible within the time frame, we would arrange a special event in their own country to honor them at one of IFAD’s regional offices and arrange a hybrid meeting with Italy. 
    • IFAD will invite the winner to take part in an event/side event at the IFAD Governing Council 2026. (Either in person or virtually) 

    Eligibility for the Rural Voices prize

    • The entrant needs to be over 18 years of age (as demonstrated by a valid ID).
    • The film needs to be shot on a smart mobile phone by one person/crew and be between 1- 5 minutes in length.
    • The film can be landscape or portrait.
    • The film can be professionally edited (but doesn’t have to be) 
    • The film can be in any language but needs to have English subtitles for the entry.
    • The film must have been shot between January 2024 and December 2024.  
    • The film must have taken place in one of IFAD’s Member States. Details of our 178 members can be found here.
    • The author/director of the film must have been born or be living in one of IFAD’s Member States. 



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    This competition showcases the best stories and mobile storytellers each year.

    Journalism is a cornerstone of free speech and a strong defender of democratic ideals.

    By raising the standards for mobile journalism and hosting public screenings, journalists can show the impact of non-fiction storytelling.

    The Mobile Journalism Awards recognize excellence in non-fiction storytelling by mobile reporters.

    Recent winners

    Finalists films from the fourth season of the #MojoAwards were showcased in special screenings in April at the NABshow and the International Journalism Festival.

    A list of previous winners can be found here.


    Proceeds from this event and the #MojoWorkshop support Visual Editors, NFP – A public charity that provides visual journalism educational resources.

    The public can also support this project by giving to the charity.

    Visual Editors is a USA registered 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2005 to support visual journalism education. Officers and staff donate their time and expertise – there is no payroll, our overhead is bare-bones.

    Your contributions directly support these programs.
    Donations can also be made by bank wire transfer if you prefer.

    The Visual Editors, NFP treasurer can provide you with details when you are ready to give.

    Contact us.

    Congrats to all who enter!



    The following sponsors have made donations to support the #MojoAwards.
    The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Zacuto, Luma-Touch, Røde, Smart Film School, MoonDog Labs, Filmocracy, IK Multimedia, Shoulderpod, and Shure.


    Marta Machado, Thomson Reuters Foundation, London

    Marcela Kunova, Journalism Co UK

    Becky Beamer, Photo Journalism Professor, Oslomet University, Norway

    Robert Stewart, Emeritus Director, E. W. Scripps School of Journalism

    Kim Fox, Professor, The American University Cairo

    Jacques Rosselin, Head of the EFJ School of New Journalism, Paris

    Aphrodite Salas, Journalism Professor, Concordia University, Montreal

    Naila Hamdy, Director, The American University Cairo

    Michelle Porter, The International Fund for Agricultural Development , Rome


    The #MojoAwards is also a #MojoMeetup where you can network with MOJO colleagues from around the globe in real time and share tips about the latest tools and techniques.

    Join the international mojo community online (for free!) at MOST – Mobile Storytellers.


    #MojoAwards receives mobile journalism stories from reporters in United States, India, Brazil, United Kingdom, Mexico, China, Italy, France, Canada, Russian Federation, S. Korea, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Chile, Jordan, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Ireland, Qatar, Sudan, Tunisia, Switzerland, and Israel.


    E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
    Visual Editors non-profit
    Broadcast Educators Association
    National Association of Broadcasters
    Society for News Design

    International Journalism Festival
    International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 


    EFJ School of New Journalism

    The American University, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

    Latin American Congress of Mobile Journalism

    This group of forms the competition committee. The directors of journalism schools, editors-in-chief, and media development experts volunteer their expertise to the non-profit.

    They also advise on categories, judging criteria, and help to coordinate additional screening events of the winning work from this competition.

    The #MojoAwards are a project of Visual Editors, NFP, a Chicago-area non profit that supports visual journalism scholarship.

    Make a tax-deductible contribution to support this project.

    More ways to donate

    Institutional donors may request a copy of the organization’s 501(c)3 ruling from the IRS and the certificate of good standing issued by the Illinois Secretary of State.


    Films from the winners premieres in April each year at the NABshow in Las Vegas.

    Follow this page and the #MojoAwards hashtag on Twitter for all competition announcements.

    Official updates will be posted by @MobileMost and @VizEds

    The best work from each awards season is also curated in this permanent collection at the Smart Film School.