Mobile Journalism Awards

The Mobile Journalism Awards competition recognizes the best mobile journalism stories being produced with smartphones and pocket cameras.

The competition site makes it easy to submit your mobile journalism projects.

The finalists films premiere at the International Journalism Festival where more than 5,000 journalists gather in Perugia, Italy each April.

Finalists films were also broadcast in a live awards show where the winning film was announced. This is an exciting competition to enter!


Call for entries for the second edition is open

The deadline is April 30, 2021 .

Judging will take place by a select panel of global mobile journalism experts.

There is no entry fee for the Innovation Prize category.


Best Documentary
• Non-fiction subject Between 3 and 10 minutes in length on any topic. Must be reported using “observational narrative” journalism ethics. e.g. No staging, No scripting, and No casting allowed.

Innovation prize
• Submit a video that shows an innovation project that embraces mobile journalism. (For example: Creatively exploit a unique feature or failing of mojo, Code a killer Mojo app, or assign 12 reporters to Mojo swarm an event using only smartphones)
The judges are looking for amazingly innovative ideas that can inspire others.
Do not enter documentary film or news reports in this category.

• The entire project was edited and finished with mobile videos editing apps like LumaFusion. No laptop or desktop computers were used to finish the work.


More than $10,000 in prizes has been donated by sponsors.
Luma-touch, Røde, Shoulderpod, IK Multimedia, Moondog Labs, Shure, and the Smart Film School.

• The winner of the #FinishedOnMobile category will be awarded a iPad Pro 12.9″ with keyboard from Luma-Touch – makers of the Lumatouch video editing app.

• Category winners will each receive a Shoulderpod G2 mobile phone grip.

• Finalists will win $500 gift certificates from the Smart Film School.

• Semi-finalists will be awarded prizes from a pool of mobile gear from the sponsors.  Prize pool includes Røde Wireless Go mics, Shure MV-88+ mics, and IK Multimedia iRig Pre-2 audio kits.

• Winners of the early-bird prize drawings win $200 gift certificates from Moondog Labs.

Follow #MojoAwards on Twitter for all announcements about this #MojoClub event.

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Luma-touch, Røde, Shoulderpod, IK Multimedia, Moondog Labs, Shure, and the Smart Film School.

Join the Mobile Storytellers club on Clubhouse and Wednesdays in the Mobile Journalism Lounge for discussions about mobile journalism, documentary, TV production and social videos.


The following mobile journalists were awarded iPads as prizes in the first edition of the competition.

Nico Piro, Italy

Beraat GÖKKUŞ. France

Simon O’Neill, Ireland

Max Schleser, Australia

Beraat GÖKKUŞ in Paris, France is one of the iPad winners from the first edition of the competition.

Australian Professor Max Schleser , Ph.D (@MaxMobile ) edits timelapse video with LumaFusion on the iPad he won as the grand prize winner of the Innovation category of #MoJoAwards.

These brand new iPads were donated by Luma Touch LLC, makers of the LumaFusion video editing app.

The #FinishedOnMobile category is dedicated to mobile journalism entries that were not only shot with mobile devices, but completely editing on them as well.

In addition monthly drawing winners were awarded gift certificates from Moondog Labs and the Smart Film School.

Category winners were also awarded Wireless Go mic kits donated by Røde microphones.

Why are these awards important?

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.

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These awards are organized by Visual Editors – a Chicago-based Not for profit organization that supports visual journalism scholarship.

Make a tax-deductible contribution to support this 501(c)(3) non-profit project.

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 Secretary of State.

Visual Editors,NFP is listed in Guidestar.


Join more than 500 mobile journalists at the MOST – Mobile Storytellers LinkedIn group and volunteer your institution to be a part of the awards committee.

Call for Entries

Previous winners

View a virtual film festival screening of the top films entered into the competition.

Each season’s best films are curated by the Smart Film School and Visual Editors to serve educators teaching mobile journalism.


Judges are nominated by the directors of these journalism institutions.

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism — Ohio University
School of Film — Ohio University
Visual Editors non-profit


EFJ School of New Journalism

The American University, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Latin American Congress of Mobile Journalism

This group of volunteers forms the competition committee. They are the directors of journalism schools, editors-in-chief, and media development experts.

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


Marta Machado, Thomson Reuters Foundation, London

Marcela Kunova, Journalism Co UK

Kim Fox, The American University Cairo

Jacques Rosselin, EFJ School of New Journalism, Paris

Naila Hamdy, The American University Cairo


Luma Touch, Røde, the Smart Film School, MoonDog Labs, and Shure.