Nominations now open for Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards 2016

Media awards call for entries graphic 2016

After a year that saw the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and a photo of one boy, Alan Kurdi, touch the hearts of so many, it's clear that media coverage – good or bad - can make a real difference to the experiences of refugees on the ground.

Coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, British Red Cross and the National Union of Journalists in Scotland, the annual Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards recognise high quality, fair and accurate coverage of issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers. 

Journalists are invited to nominate their own work or the work of their colleagues by submitting an example for consideration. The public is also welcome to nominate work. Entries must have been published, or broadcast, between 31 May 2015 and 30 March 2016.

In 2016, we are particularly keen to see entries from across the whole of Scotland.

Award categories

This year there are seven categories, as follows:

  1. Print (news)
  2. Print (features)
  3. Print (local press)
  4. Online and multimedia (news)
  5. Online and multimedia (features)
  6. Broadcast (TV, radio or film)
  7. Student

This year our judging panel will also award a Refugee Champion prize for a journalist, media team or organisation doing outstanding work to support the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum.

Award entries will be initially long-listed by Scottish Refugee Council, and then shortlisted by a judging panel including refugees and media experts.

The awards will take place in mid-June 2016, as part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2016, which runs from 14-26 June.

How to enter

Step 1:  Complete the entry form

Step 2: Post or email the entry form along with your submission to: Media Officer, Scottish Refugee Council, 5 Cadogan Square, Glasgow G2 7PH or, copying in

  • Please mark all entries ‘Entry to Refugee Media Awards 2016'.
  • You can nominate a piece of your own work or the work of a colleague.
  • Members of the public can also nominate the work of a journalist.
  • Entries must have been published or broadcast between 31 May 2015 and 30 March 2016.
  • The deadline for submissions is Friday 8 April 2016.

The awards are open to journalists working in Scotland, in print, broadcast or digital media. Submissions can be drawn from Scottish print, broadcast or digital media. Please send broadcast submissions in DVD or CD format, enclosing three copies.

We cannot accept submissions from staff of Scottish Refugee Council, British Red Cross or National Union of Journalists in Scotland.

Student entries must have been published/ broadcast. This can include student journals/websites.


The judging panel will include writers, media experts and refugees.

The judges' decision is final and the judges will not enter into any correspondence regarding the judging of the competition.

Submitted entries cannot be returned.

The Refugee Champion prize will be decided by the judging panel, there is no need to nominate for this category.

Get in touch

For further information on entering the Media Awards please contact Rachel Hamada on 07850 930418 (Mon-Tues), 0141 248 9799 or