Submissions are now open for the Global Shining Light Award. This unique award, sponsored by the Global Investigative Journalism Network, honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions.

This year, there will be two award categories: Small & Medium Outlets (organizations with staff of 10 or less, including freelancers); and Large Outlets (organizations with more than 10 staff). Top winners will receive an honorary plaque, US$2,000, and a trip to the September 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg to accept the award in front of hundreds of their colleagues from around the world.

If submissions are in languages other than English, you must provide a detailed English-language summary of a print or online story, or an English-language transcript of a broadcast script.

Competition is keen. In 2017, the awards drew a record 211 submissions from 67 countries, nearly triple the number in the previous awards in 2015. The quality was extraordinary. From 12 impressive finalists, the judges gave out four awards to journalists from India, Iraq, Nigeria, and Eastern Europe.

Click here to submit online and find out more about the award and previous winners.