The amazing field of entries in the 2017 Amnesty Media Awards covered a variety of issues, including Australia’s refugees policy, Indigenous rights, and the civilian toll in the war on terror.

A night to remember

Hosted by Kumi Taguchi, host of ‘Compass‘ on ABC, this year’s Amnesty Media Awards brought together leading Australian journalists, media industry representatives and human rights advocates.

Highlights of the night included guests, finalists and winners taking action to #FreeTurkeyMedia – an issue close to Amnesty’s heart as a third of all imprisoned journalists around the world are in Turkey.

“Amnesty International congratulates all of the winners of the 2017 Media Awards for their exceptional human rights reporting and recognises the critical role journalists, photographers and cartoonists play in exposing human rights abuses.”

– Gabe Kavanagh, National President

The six winners received an exquisite sculptural piece inspired by Amnesty International’s iconic flame, created by Wathaurong Glass.

The Awards ceremony took place at Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre. See all of the Award finalists.


The winners of the 2017 Media Awards.


Winner: Cathy Wilcox for 'Low-cost Housing, London'

Indigenous Issues Reporting

Winner: Calla Wahlquist for 'The Ms Dhu Inquest’


Winner: Kate Geraghty for 'Mosul'


Winner: Behrouz Boochani for ‘Voice of Manus’


Sarah Dingle and Wendy Carlisle ‘Death In Kalgoorlie’


Winners: Elise Potaka, Tim Anastasi and Joel Stillone for ‘Forced to Marry’