ILO Global Media Competition 2021 on Labour Migration [Cash Prizes of Rs. 1.27 L & More]: Submit by Oct 15: Expired

Submissions are invited for ILO Global Media Competition 2021 on Labour Migration. The last date of submission is 15 October 2021.

About ILO Global Media Competition 2021 on Labour Migration

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched its seventh annual Global Media Competition. Its aim is to recognize fair and balanced reports that contribute to the elimination of xenophobia and discrimination against migrant workers and highlight the positive contributions migrants make to society.

This year, judges are particularly interested in coverage of the impact of COVID-19 on labour migration and fair recruitment, including those relating to migrant care workers. Stories about migrant domestic workers will also be viewed favourably since this year marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention.


COVID-19 impact on labour migration and fair recruitment, including on care workers’ contributions

  • Illustrate how COVID-19 affects international labour migration, migrant recruitment practices and migrant workers’ lives and their families. 
  • Media reports that highlight aspects of impact to the effective enjoyment of decent work are encouraged, including adequate working conditions, payment of wages, repatriation support and access to health care and social protection, as well as their exposure to potential exploitation and abuse.

Migrant domestic workers: Illustrate why it is important to ensure decent work for domestic workers, including their rights to a minimum set of protections under labour law and acknowledge the crucial social and economic contribution of domestic workers.


The competition is open to professional and student journalists and will be judged by a panel of international migration and journalism experts.

  • 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 Awards: This contest is open to students from journalism schools/universities who are currently enrolled in a journalism school or university curricula.


Complete the online entry form as either a ‘professional’ or ‘student’ entrant. You can submit your piece in the following formats: written press, photo essay, multimedia, podcast, video and/or radio. Students are allowed to submit a published or unpublished media piece. See the full Terms and Conditions for details.

To qualify, entries must have been published between 15 October 2020 and 15 October 2021. A submission in any language is welcome. However an English, French or Spanish translation must be included if the submitted material, or parts of it are in another language.

Important dates

  • 15 October 2021 (23:59, Central European Time): Deadline for submissions, via the online entry form .
  • December 2021: Competition winners will be announced to celebrate International Migrants Day (winners will be contacted in advance).

Awards & Prizes

The competition will award three professional prizes and one student prize. The winners will be able to choose between cash (USD 1,200 in the professional category and USD 500 for the student category) or a paid fellowship to participate in an online ITC-Turin  course on a fair recruitment or labour migration topic in 2022.

Click here to view the official notification of ILO Global Media Competition 2021 on Labour Migration.

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