ICRC award for humanitarian reporting 2019

Open to Palestinian journalists working in print media

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an independent humanitarian organisation working to protect and assist victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence worldwide, welcomes nominations for its 2019 Award for Humanitarian Reporting.

Movement restrictions in the West Bank compromise human dignity and affect people’s livelihoods and economic prospects.  In Gaza, severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods, aggravated by internal Palestinian differences, are suffocating the economy.

This competition aims to identify exceptional journalists whose work provides insight into the humanitarian consequences of occupation.

This year, the theme of the competition is “livelihoods and daily life”. Participants are asked to submit articles that show how current conditions in Gaza or the West Bank affect ordinary people’s ability to make a living and the consequences on daily life.

Who can participate?

Professional journalists from Gaza and the West Bank (East Jerusalem inclusive) who publish articles in print or online media.  


  • Contributions should show how current conditions affect ordinary people’s ability to make a living and the consequences for daily life.
  • Contributions will be judged by their level of originality, strength of narrative and style. They should respect the ethics of journalism and apply humanitarian reporting principles: do no harm, neutrality, impartiality.
  • Contributions should not exceed 1,500 words.
  • Contributions should not have been published before.
  • Contributions should be submitted in Arabic.
  • Individuals can submit one contribution only.
  • The winning articles will be published on one of the ICRC’s platforms. (The ICRC reserves the right to edit contributions to ensure they meet the ICRC’s editorial standards.)

How to send your contribution?

Contributions should be submitted by email to


  • 30 September: Opening of the competition
  • 30 October: Deadline for submission of contributions
  • 24 November: Announcement of winners

Selection process

Entries will be judged by a panel of journalism and humanitarian professionals. The winners will be announced during a public event that will take place in Gaza and on the ICRC’s social media platforms. 

Selection and awards

Winners will be notified by email or phone approximately one week prior to the award ceremony.

Three prizes will be awarded. The 1st prize is 700 USD, 2nd prize is 500 USD, and 3rd prize is 300 USD.