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International Labour Organization: 2018 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration and Fair Recruitment

International Labour Organization: 2018 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration and Fair Recruitment

Deadline: 31 October 2018

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched fourth global media competition to recognize exemplary media coverage on labour migration.

The objective is to encourage quality reporting on labour migration and recruitment-related issues. Such reporting is all the more significant as media often promotes a toxic public narrative based on misperceptions with respect to nationality, national origin, gender and migratory status, reinforcing prejudice, intolerance and stigmatization against migrant workers and their families.

The 2018 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration will be contributing to the UN TOGETHER campaign which has the purpose of encouraging global action in promoting non-discrimination and addressing the problem of rising xenophobia against refugees and migrants. All 193 Member States of the United Nations have committed to implementing the TOGETHER Campaign which will run until the end of 2018, when the UNGA is expected to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees.


  • Professional journalists and photographers are invited to submit a maximum of two entries, to any of the following two categories:
    • Media reports (online, print articles and radio production)
    • Photo essay/multimedia
  • Articles should not exceed 8000 words and radio production should not be longer than 10 minutes. For the photo essay/multimedia category, journalists/photographers may send up to 3 photos along with a caption. Submissions must have been published between 1 June 2017and 31 October 2018 to qualify.

Thematic Areas

  • Labour migration aspects
  • Fair recruitment of migrant workers


A total of four winners (one per category, per thematic area) will receive $1,000 USD each. Winning entries will be featured on ILO website and widely promoted as an example of good journalism.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This contest is open to professional journalists and photographers who are 18 years of age and older.
  • A submission in any language is welcome. However, an English, French or Spanish translation should be included if parts of the submitted material are in a language other than English, French or Spanish. Translation must be faithful to the original meaning. The English, French or Spanish version will be the one judged.
  • Participants are responsible for the quality and appearance of their submission. The judges will make their decisions based on how it appears on a computer screen. No responsibility can be taken by the organizers for entries that are incorrectly submitted.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must fill the online entry form via given website.

For more information, please visit Global Media Competition.

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