ILO Global Media Competition on Labour Migration 2019

Deadline: 31 October 2019
Open to:  professional journalists and photographers
Award: four professional prizes


The International Labour Organization (ILO) is launching its fifth annual Global Media Competition to recognize exemplary media coverage of labor migration. This year’s themes are ‘fair recruitment’ and ‘the future of labor migration’.

For the first time, the competition has a student prize category and the option for a fellowship prize.

The competition aims to promote quality reporting on labor migration issues. Across the world, migrants face prejudice, intolerance, and stigmatization in their workplaces and communities. Negative public narratives can lead to abuse and exploitation, and challenge social cohesion.

Balanced and ethical reporting can play an important role in addressing stereotypes and misconceptions, and in highlighting the positive contribution migrant workers make in their origin and destination countries. The winners will be selected by a panel of experts in international migration and journalism, based on creativity, accuracy and balance, protection of migrants, and positive portrayal of labor migration.


For the professional awards, this contest is open to media professionals and professional journalists who are 18 years of age and older. For the student award, this contest is open to students from journalism schools/universities who are currently enrolled in a journalism school or university curricula.


The competition will award four professional prizes (two in the category ‘fair recruitment of migrant workers’ and two for ‘the future of labor migration’ category) and one student prize. The winners will be able to choose between cash (USD 1,000 in the professional category and USD 300 for the student category) or a paid fellowship to participate in an ITC-Turin course on fair recruitment or labor migration topic in 2020.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

For more information and to apply, please visit this website.