Mobile Journalism Awards

The Mobile Journalism Awards honor the best mobile journalism stories being produced with smartphones and pocket cameras each year.

The #MojoAwards will take place on June 30 as a Filmocracy Live Event with smart video networking between attendees, an on-demand screening room where you can view and vote for the Best Documentary films, and a press room for news and updates.

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Filmocracy’s live networking feature uses ‘next-level’ technology that makes it a pleasure to discover and join great conversations.

Join in the live Q&A video pop-ups in the expo and hang out to be eligible to win raffle prizes throughout the day. You will be able to chat with sponsors, the honored filmmakers and your colleagues in the global MOJO community.


JUNE 30, 2021

All Times are London (UK)

11 a.m. – Screening Room opens with delegate voting

4 p.m. – Networking Expo opens – meet other MoJos with round table discussions.

  • Throughout the day there will be live prize drawings (Must be present in the Expo to win)

5 p.m. – Live announcements of finalists and Live Video Q&A’s with filmmakers

6 p.m. – Video Q&A’s with top Mojo filmmakers and special guests

7 p.m. – Innovation prize winner announced and live prize drawing

8 p.m. – #FinishedonMobile prize winner announced 

9 p.m. – Best Documentary winner announced

11 p.m. – Networking expo closes.


Networking Expo 

– The Live video networking with fellow Mojos and the nominees

– Finalists and winner announcements with (hopefully) acceptance speeches.

– Raffle Prize announcements (must be present when your name is called to claim the prize)

–  Live video Q&As with Filmmakers, Sponsors, and VIPs

Screening Room
– View and vote on the selected Best Documentary films

Press Room
News and updates about the Mojo Awards winners


Viewing the best films and meeting the top mobile journalists who made them is reason enough to register for this MOJO Film Festival.

The #MojoAwards is the annual #MojoSummit where we network with our MOJO colleagues from around the globe in real time and share tips about the latest tools and techniques.


  • #MojoSummit program posted. (June 8)
  • 14 mobile journalism documentary films will be screened on June 30, 2022 at the live #MojoAwards networking expo. (June 1, 2021)
  • New Sponsor, Filmocracy, is hosting the #MOJOAwards event. (May 15, 2021)

2021 Edition:
Nominees for Best Documentary Film

With “luxury” against Covid-19 in Malawi
Director Michael Hobeck

Utopia Of the outraged
Director Marcelo Lagreze

Beef between cows
Directors Argento Céline & Utz Coline

Director Leonela GardeMont
Dominican Republic

Bosnia, where Europe ends
Director Nico Piro

Director Eyad Aldaoud

Father and Son
Director Michael Conway
United Kingdom

Awake in Stuttgart
Director José Pabo Estrada Torrescano

Director Laura Onyeneho
United States

Home visit on the border between China and Vietnam
Director Xiao Hu

A Visual Journey through Iran : Sistan and Baluchistan
Director Ebrahim Mirmalek
United States

Paris Lockdown
Director Beraat GOKKUS

Little Beings
Director Diamida Ordaz

Capturing time
Director Itzel Sarmientos


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

• Selected filmmakers will be screened at the live event and win $500 gift certificates from the Smart Film School.

• Semi-finalist nominees (also known as the runner up winner) in each category will be awarded prizes from a pool of mobile gear do nated by sponsors.  Prize pool includes Røde Wireless Go mics, Shure MV-88+ mics, and IK Multimedia iRig Pre-2 audio kits.

Note: Category winners will receive both the category winner prize and the selected/finalist prizes, but not also the semi-finalist prize.

The following early-bird entrants won $200 gift certificates from Moondog Labs in the 2020-2021 edition of the #MojoAwards:

Philip Bromwell

Michael Conway

Marcelo Lagreze

Call for entries for the second edition closed on April 30.

Judging is taking place by a select panel of global mobile journalism experts. Winners will be announced at #MojoSummit live event on June 30, 2021.


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.


A selection of top #MojoAwards films premiere in early April each year at the International Journalism Festival where more than 5,000 journalists gather in Perugia, Italy. The 2022 #MojoAwards event will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

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

Official updates will be posted by @MobileMost and @VizEds


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


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


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


The following mobile journalists were awarded iPads as prizes in the 2019-2020 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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The Mobile Journalism Awards recognize excellence in non-fiction storytelling by mobile reporters.

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.

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.

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, Filmocracy, and Shure.