One World Media announces 2012 award winners

Callum Macrae’s Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields won both the Television and Documentary Award at last night's One World Media Awards.

The Channel 4 documentary, which exposed a number of horrific atrocities committed in the war in Sri Lanka, was described by the two juries as “a searing piece of rigorous and unflinching journalism” and “an extraordinary and powerful piece of television testimony that forensically analysed a terrible atrocity and built a compelling case to be answered.”

The Popular Features Award was given to Toughest Place to be a Binman, directed by Shabnam Grewal, which relocated a London dustman to the streets of Jakarta for 10 days.

The Children’s Rights Award, which is judged by a panel of young people, went to Africa Investigates: Spell of the Albino, directed by Claudio von Planta. According to Televisual, the documentary “looks at the discrimination and abuse endured by people with albinism in parts of sub-Saharan Africa”. Meanwhile, Zena Merton and Giselle Santos won the Student Award for their documentary Bagong Silang.

Marion Bowman, director of One World Media, said: "We’re celebrating our 25th anniversary this year so it’s impressive to see that despite the pressures that media companies are under there is still cutting edge work being done in the best traditions of journalism and filmmaking. More than ever the public needs to know what’s going on in the rest of the world and our Awards are a way of encouraging and highlighting a diverse, high quality range of work."

For more on the awards, and to find out all this year’s winners, visit the Televisual website here.