German Development Media Awards

German Development Media Awards Annual human rights and development journalism awards presented by BMZ and Deutsche Welle. The awards are open to journalists from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Germany. Deadline is May 31, 2013.

These awards are an initiative by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle. BMZ has a proud tradition of honoring German journalists who focus on international development issues. Now, in partnership with Deutsche Welle, the German Media Development Awards are also open to journalists from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as Germany. Entries should focus clearly on human rights and development and can be in any journalistic format for print, radio, TV or online. As of 2013, the awards also included a People's Choice Award open to African press photographers covering human rights in Africa. The entries must have been published or broadcast between January 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Seven cash prizes worth 2,000 euros each will be presented as part of the awards. Each winner will also be invited to Berlin to attend the awards ceremony on August 14, 2013. For more information about the awards and the conditions of entry, please visit our website www.germanmediaawards.org

Andi Muhyiddin's video report on Indonesia's highly polluted Citarum River was a finalist entry at the 2013 German Devel...
06/03/2014
Using graphics in your video, and using them well | DW Akademie onMedia

Andi Muhyiddin's video report on Indonesia's highly polluted Citarum River was a finalist entry at the 2013 German Development Media Awards for Asia. DW Akademie's onMedia blog takes a look at how Muhyiddin used infographics effectively to tell his story. Take a look!

Infographics can enhance a visual story’s appeal and are extremely helpful in presenting complex information in an easy-to-understand way. Now, it’s easier than ever to use graphics in your videos thanks to more advanced and user-friendly software. OnMedia’s Kyle James takes a look at how a producti...

17/10/2013
German Development Media Awards video trailer

The video trailer of the German Development Media Awards has been nominated for the 15th Eyes & Ears of Europe Awards in the category Best Event-Promotion-Spot. Please keep your fingers crossed!

German journalist Alexandra Endres investigated Colombia's coal - used in German power plants - and the conditions under...
17/09/2013
Kolumbien: "Die Kohle ist blutbefleckt"

German journalist Alexandra Endres investigated Colombia's coal - used in German power plants - and the conditions under which the people who mine it work and live. Human rights activists and environmentalists have long criticized the industry, reporting on violent land evictions, severe environmental damage and even killings. Endres spent ten days traveling the country speaking with activists, government ministers and laborers to get a full picture of the extremely dirty nature of Columbian coal and the money associated with it.
Read her finalist #gdma13 entry "Die Kohle ist mit Blut befleckt" ("The coal is stained with blood") here:

Ganze Dörfer müssen in Kolumbien dem Bergbau weichen. Menschen werden bedroht und ermordet. Deutsche Versorger die kolumbianische Kohle importieren, kümmert das wenig.

One of the finalist entries for Germany explores the role of women's rights in the Arab Spring. Michael Thumann and Juli...
16/09/2013
Ägypten: Die Revolution frisst ihre Frauen

One of the finalist entries for Germany explores the role of women's rights in the Arab Spring. Michael Thumann and Julia Gerlach took as a starting point the image from Tahrir Square that ricocheted around the world: A veiled young woman is dragged and beaten by Egyptian military during a protest there. Her face is covered, her torso bare except for her bright-blue bra. She became a symbol for the suffering of many Egyptian women, whose voices are often unheard in this male-dominated society. What does this woman represent? What happened to her? And will women end up benefiting from the revolution or be overlooked yet again?
Read the article here (in German):

Eine junge Demonstrantin liegt wehrlos am Boden, während Soldaten sie treten und ihr die Kleider vom Körper reißen. Haben die mutigen Mädchen eine Chance in Ägypten?

Today, we turn to Tajikistan, the poorest country in Central Asia. In her video report "Twist of Fate", Muhabbat Murodov...
10/09/2013
Muhabbat Murodova, Tajikistan | German Development Media Awards

Today, we turn to Tajikistan, the poorest country in Central Asia. In her video report "Twist of Fate", Muhabbat Murodova focuses on one of the most pressing social issues in Tajikistan. Hundreds of thousands of Tajik men leave the country every year to find work elsewhere. Women are left behind, often with no form of support whatsoever. In traditional Tajik society, women or families without a husband or father are looked down upon. Almost a fifth of the population lives abroad and the country is turning into a society of women - with few rights and few economic means (Video in Russian).

Muhabbat Murodova, a mother of four, was born in 1974 to a working-class family in the city of Khujand, Tajikistan's second-largest city. She studied language and literature at Khujand State University before working as a newsreader at Chakhonoro TV and radio. Since 1998, she has been at the televis...

09/09/2013
World in Progress | Media Center | DW.DE

Surveys conducted by human rights groups in Ghana have revealed that many young women from deprived communities are increasingly engaging in prostitution, especially in slum areas. Activists say the prostitutes are often abused by their clients and law enforcement officers. Isaac Kaledzi of Radio XYZ talked a group of s*x workers - his report was an entry to the GDMA13 and recently featured in Deutsche Welle's globalization magazine "World in Progress". Listen to it here:

Middle East expert Michael Lueders on the regional repercussions of Egypt's upheaval -- Larger than expected world population growth -- Prostitutes in Ghana are ignored by police -- Getting a laugh in Myanmar

Read an interview with Marcela Peláez: as one of the three winners for Latin America, she talks about her winning entry ...
06/09/2013
Journalist campaigns for civil war victims in Colombia | DW Akademie

Read an interview with Marcela Peláez: as one of the three winners for Latin America, she talks about her winning entry "Proyecto Rosa", journalism in Colombia, and the possibilities digital storytelling offers for drawing attention to serious topics.

#gdma13 #humanrightsreporting #colombia

For their multimedia project "Proyecto Rosa", three Colombian journalists won the German Development Media Award for Latin America. Marcela Peláez talks about giving a voice to those who do not have one.

"Nobody knows exactly how many Afghan women have been sold into s*xual slavery. Like the drug trade, trafficking takes p...
03/09/2013
Like cattle, from Kabul | Syed Nazakat

"Nobody knows exactly how many Afghan women have been sold into s*xual slavery. Like the drug trade, trafficking takes place in a shadowy world." In his report "Like cattle, from Kabul" Indian correspondent Syed Nazakat uncovers the tragic, underreported story of hundreds of Afghan women who are trafficked over the border and sold into s*x slavery. The investigation resulted in Indian government officials approaching Nazakat for details on the growing problem.

"Like cattle, from Kabul" is a finalist entry for Asia. #humanrightsreporting #gdma13

India now 'imports' women from Afghanistan. Ads in dailies sell masseuses, and online ads offer "hot Afghani girls" who are "always ready to do anything with you for your betterment and satisfaction." Listen to the cries from the hills

Watch this video entry by Asia finalist Oudom Tat from Cambodia: "Shot at work, waiting for justice" focuses on the 2012...
30/08/2013
Oudom Tat, Cambodia | German Development Media Awards

Watch this video entry by Asia finalist Oudom Tat from Cambodia: "Shot at work, waiting for justice" focuses on the 2012 shooting of unarmed workers who were protesting for higher wages at the Kaoway factory, a supplier of the German company Puma. While it was widely known who pulled the trigger, charges were dropped against the well-connected man, a town govenor. The case shows the culture of impunity in Cambodia for a small, powerful elite.

When Oudom Tat was a child growing up in Phnom Penh, he had a job as a paperboy. It sparked at interest in journalism that has never let him go. Today he works at Voice of Democracy Radio, one of the few radio stations in the country that dares criticize the Cambodian government and covers sensitive...

Alla Pyatibratova highlights the difficult lives of migrants who come to the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan. Many mi...
29/08/2013
Ош. Улицы невидимых людей

Alla Pyatibratova highlights the difficult lives of migrants who come to the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan. Many migrants there often find themselves struggling for their basic rights, such as the right to clean water or a decent standard of living. "Osh: The streets of invisible people" shines a light on a group very often overlooked by officials and those better off.

Pyatibratova is a #GDMA13 finalist in the region Europe/ Central Asia. Read her entry here (in Russian).

Унылость, которую бессознательно фиксируешь глазами в надежде, что как только отвернешься, картина растает.

After coming across the UN's definition of torture, Thalia Holmes and Demelza Bush from South Africa were shocked to rea...
27/08/2013
The hidden world of torture in South Africa

After coming across the UN's definition of torture, Thalia Holmes and Demelza Bush from South Africa were shocked to realize that by that definition, the practice was rampant in South Africa. Their research revealed a disturbing pattern – disempowered people, such as the unemployed, drug dealers, addicts, petty criminals and others, often fall prey to abuse by the police or other officials.

Take a look at their finalist entry "The hidden world of torture". (Text and Video)

Most people think of the dark days of apartheid or the scenes from Abu Ghraib. But torture is right here at home, writes Thalia Holmes.

The report "Slaughtering people" reveals the poor and dangerous working conditions in Brazilian meat factories – and tra...
26/08/2013
Slaughtering People

The report "Slaughtering people" reveals the poor and dangerous working conditions in Brazilian meat factories – and traces links to some of the world's largest fast-food groups and retailers. The multimedia investigation by Brazilian journalists André Campos and Carlos Juliano Barros got major coverage from Brazilian news outlets and was widely shared through social media. In effect, the Brazilian Government made changes to the regulations related to slaughterhouse working conditions.

"Slaughtering People" is a finalist entry for Latin America. It is available in English and Portuguese:

Slaughtering People is a plunge in the universe of workers at Brazil’s main meat companies. Here you will find a multimedia report on accidents, diseases, and other problems resulting from working at plants where fowl, swine, and bovines are slaughtered.

Read a shortened version of Gunjan Sharma's winning entry "Damned lives and statistics" in which she exposes the shockin...
23/08/2013
Mentally ill suffer a horrible fate in India | DW.DE

Read a shortened version of Gunjan Sharma's winning entry "Damned lives and statistics" in which she exposes the shocking state of India's government-run mental hospitals and reveals how patients there are denied basic human rights.

#humanrightsreporting #investigativejournalism #gdma13

India's mentally ill are often locked away in understaffed, state-run institutions where they are stripped of basic human rights. Others are picked up by quack healers who torture them, or they get dumped in the jungle.

Listen here to one of the finalist entries from francophone Africa. Ali Abdou's report focuses on the difficulties women...
22/08/2013
Les Nigériennes se battent pour la terre | Prix des médias pour le développement

Listen here to one of the finalist entries from francophone Africa.
Ali Abdou's report focuses on the difficulties women face in accessing agricultural land in Niger due to inheritance laws that favor men. Giving women better access to farmland, in a country where traditional agriculture is so dominant, could contribute greatly to the development of local communities and to Niger overall.

Au Niger, c'est la loi coutûmière qui légifère en cas de succession. Acquérir le foncier par le biais de l’héritage est une gageure pour la femme nigérienne, voire une chance dans de nombreux cas.

DW magazine "World in Progress" explores globalization, education, economic development, poverty alleviation, human righ...
20/08/2013
World in Progress (14.08.2013) | Celebrating development reporting

DW magazine "World in Progress" explores globalization, education, economic development, poverty alleviation, human rights and more. Listen to last week's edition for a special on the German Development Media Awards!

The German Development Media Awards go international -- Locals in Lagos are up in arms about oil industry pollution -- One woman sets out to save her forest in Cambodia

"Development is not a question of a special program, it should be part of our daily life"-  jury member Simone Pott talk...
19/08/2013
'Development stories need to get more attention' | Globalization | DW.DE | 14.08.2013

"Development is not a question of a special program, it should be part of our daily life"- jury member Simone Pott talked to DW about how development news remains widely under-reported.

The German Development Media Awards are just about to be announced, acknowledging top journalism from around the globe. As one of the jury members for the prize explains, development news remains under-reported.

19/08/2013
Africalink on Air - 15 August 2013 | Media Center | DW.DE

Listen to this edition of Deutsche Welle's "Africalink on Air" for an interview with Liberian journalist Wade Williams talking about her winning entry and the situation for women in her country.

Our Zimbabwe correspondent visits MDC supporters who have fled to the mountains+++ The AU condemns the violence in Egypt +++ A Liberian journalist wins the Africa Prize of the 2013 German Development Media Awards

Thank you to all 1081 journalists who participated in this year's German Development Media Awards! Please make some time...
15/08/2013
Winners and finalists | DW.DE

Thank you to all 1081 journalists who participated in this year's German Development Media Awards! Please make some time to read, watch and listen to the powerful stories of all winners and finalists of this year's awards.

The German Development Media Awards recognize excellence in human rights and development journalism. The awards champion independent media across the world and put the spotlight on journalists telling important stories affecting their communities, countries and regions. These awards are a new initia...

15/08/2013
Premio Alemán de Periodismo y Desarrollo | Journal

Check out the interview with Marcela Peláez, winner of the 2013 German Development Media Awards in the category Latin America on the Spanish Journal of DW television.

Hoy se ha hecho entrega en Berlín del premio Alemán de Periodismo y Desarrollo concedido por el Ministerio alemán de Cooperación Económica y Desarrollo y por...

Human rights needs support worldwide. Wherever human rights are being threatened or violated, those rights need to be de...
15/08/2013
Dedicated to human rights with courage, creativity and passion | German Development Media Awards...

Human rights needs support worldwide. Wherever human rights are being threatened or violated, those rights need to be declared loud and clear. The German Development Media Awards 2013 were presented to journalists in honor of their work on human rights topics in a ceremony at the Berlin studios of the ARD (Association of Public Broadcasting Corporations in Germany).

Read the full report here:

The German Development Media Awards were presented to journalists in honor of their work on human rights topics. For the first time this year, the awards were also open to journalists outside Germany.

Have you voted yet?We have already registered over 10,000 votes for the People's Choice Award for Human Rights Photograp...
01/07/2013
Vote now for the People's Choice Award for human rights photography in Africa | German...

Have you voted yet?

We have already registered over 10,000 votes for the People's Choice Award for Human Rights Photography in Africa!

So, don't forget to cast your vote.

You have until Friday 7 July 2013, 12pm CEST, to choose your strongest candidate.

http://bit.ly/12SfuLm

119 photographers from 22 countries have submitted entries to our People's Choice Award documenting human rights in Africa.

We would like to thank all photographers who entered the People's Choice Award for Human Rights Photography in Africa aw...
10/06/2013
Vote now for the People's Choice Award for human rights photography in Africa | German...

We would like to thank all photographers who entered the People's Choice Award for Human Rights Photography in Africa award. The finalists have been selected and their photographs are now ready for voting by the public.

Please click here to launch the voting gallery and we encourage you to share the link. http://dw.de/p/18md6

We are thankful to the 119 photographers from 22 countries who have submitted entries to our People's Choice Award documenting human rights in Africa.

02/06/2013

Entries are now closed for the 2013 German Development Media Awards.

We would like to thank all journalists and photographers who entered this year's awards.

We are very pleased to have received more than 1000 submissions from nearly 100 countries including Congo, Somalia, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Colombia and Belarus.

Finalists for each region are in the process of being selected and we are looking forward to hosting the jury in Berlin in July to determine the winners.

29/05/2013
Registration for the German Development Media Awards

Keep those entries coming in!

Only 48 hours to go until entries close for the 2013 German Development Media Awards.

If you've been thinking about submitting a story on human rights and development for the awards, or know a journalist who should enter, don't delay. Entries close on May 31.

Click on the link below to register. For full details on the awards log on to our website.

http://akademie-anmeldung.dw.de/Medienpreis/index.php?lg=en&role=1

Attention journalists: You can still apply for the German Development Media Awards – entries are open until May 31st. So...
10/05/2013
Who can enter? | German Development Media Awards

Attention journalists: You can still apply for the German Development Media Awards – entries are open until May 31st. So far, journalists from more than 75 countries have applied! Don't miss the opportunity and submit your journalistic work that addresses the topic Human Rights and Development. Find out more here:

To be eligible for the award, you must be a journalist from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East or Eastern Europe. You must also live in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East or Eastern Europe and work for a media organization headquartered in one of these regions. If your work is pu...

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