ICRC award for humanitarian reporting 2021

Open to Palestinian journalists working in print and online media.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an independent humanitarian organization working to protect and assist victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence worldwide, welcomes nominations for its 2021 award for humanitarian reporting.

The lives of millions of civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are curtailed as a result of restrictions of movement linked to checkpoints, settlements expansion, and other measures and policies instilled during 55 years of occupation. These policies have far-reaching consequences on people's lives, they cut down on people's freedoms and touch upon their dignity. The Palestinians are losing hope in the future- any future.

Humanitarian action has been like a band-aid on a gaping wound for over 55 years. It is unable to stop the bleeding once and for all. Nevertheless, it can make a difference in people's lives, and it has brought hope to many Palestinians throughout their darkest moments and at times of heightened violence.
This year, the theme of the ICRC's humanitarian journalism competition is

"Humanitarian action & hope under occupation".

Participants are asked to submit an article that shows how humanitarian action has made a difference and brought hope to Palestinians.
Who can participate?

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


Contributions should illustrate the impact of the humanitarian action on the lives of Palestinians during the past 55 years of occupation.

Contributions will be judged by their level of originality, the strength of the 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


5 August: Opening of the competition
30 September: Deadline for submission of contributions
20 October: Announcement of winners

Selection process:

Entries will be judged by a panel of journalism and humanitarian professionals. The winners will be announced in a special ceremony and through the ICRC's social media platforms.

Three prizes will be awarded:
1st place winner - $700
2nd place winner - $500
3rd place winner - $300