Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) welcomes the launch of Young Somali Voices journalism prize (YSV) in Somalia  by the British Embassy in Mogadishu during the World Press Freedom Day this year.

This new award for the Somali journalists will not only encourage the quality journalism in Somalia but will also highlight importance of the work of Somali journalists.

The announcement on May 7th 2019, comes as the Governments of UK and Canada are planning to co-host the Global Conference for Media Freedom under the hash tag of #DefendMediaFreedom in July this year in London.

“This journalist prize award is clear example how the UK government particularly UK ambassador to Somalia Mr. Ben Fender is committed to support Somali journalists and we as SJS praise the ambassador’s role toward this initiative,” SJS  said.

The new prize seeks short videos and photographs from media students and early career journalists based in Somalia including Somaliland which demonstrate a positive, original and unique story about Somalia.

The competition is open to media students and early career journalists (3 years work experience and below, directly employed or freelance). Applications from women and marginalised groups are particularly encouraged. All entrants must be Somali nationals and have a valid travel document. Only one entry is allowed per individual.

“Somali Journalists Syndicate encourages all early career journalists and particularly women journalists to participate this competition by submitting their best journalism work.  


Submit: a video of up to 2 minutes highlighting a positive and unique story about any aspect of life in Somalia; the video can be in Somali but must have English subtitles a black and white or colour photograph depicting a positive and unique story about Somalia.; the photograph should have a title or short caption

the video/photograph via WeTransfer or Google Drive to
a one-page CV which includes your name, date of birth, education, employment history, a copy of your travel document and your entry.

If you have any questions, or problems with the submission process, please contact the awards team at before Friday 7 June 2019.

The deadline for entries is 23:59 on Friday 7 June 2019. Any work submitted after this time will not be accepted.

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