Overseas Press Club of America Announces Annual Award Winners

Contact: Patricia Kranz, executive director, Overseas Press Club of America

(917) 971-0746 – patricia@opcofamerica.org

83rd Annual Overseas Press Club Awards Recognize the Finest International Reporting in 22 Categories; The New York Times Tops Winners for the Fourth Straight Year; Afghanistan’s Collapse and Military Violence are Recurring Themes; President’s Award Shared by Staff of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily

NEW YORK, March 18, 2022 – Afghanistan’s collapse, rising military violence and the ongoing plight of migrants emerged as the leading storylines among winners of the 83rd Annual Overseas Press Club Awards.

America’s oldest journalist association dedicated to international news announced the winners in its 22 award categories. They will be honored April 21 at a dinner in New York. The OPC President’s Award will honor the staff of Apple Daily, which was forced to cease operations in 2021 by Hong Kong authorities.

“This year’s winners offer a breathtaking display of what global journalists do – day in and day out,” said OPC President Paula Dwyer.

“They exposed the tragic cost of conflict on children and probed the exploitation of vulnerable migrant workers. They uncovered the hidden assets of government officials in offshore havens and documented the destruction of Brazil’s rainforests. They revealed the dangers facing climate migrants and painstakingly tallied the hidden deaths from America’s drone warfare. None of this was easy, some was accomplished at great personal risk, and all of it is truly impressive.”

Four OPC awards relate to Afghanistan’s collapse, particularly the humanitarian crisis following the Taliban takeover. Four more awards chronicled the brutal consequences of armed conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, in addition to the return of military rule in Myanmar. Three awards were given to stories detailing the suffering of migrants in Belarus, Libya and Guatemala.

For the fourth consecutive year, The New York Times led all media outlets by winning four OPC awards. The paper has topped OPC winners in seven of the last eight years.

The Times earned three awards via team coverage, capturing the Hal Boyle Award for staff reporting on the collapse of Afghanistan, the Roy Rowan Award for an investigative story tabulating civilian casualties from remote U.S. bombings in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and the Whitman Bassow Award for a global effort to document the human and environmental costs of extracting minerals needed in the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. The Times also won for Dan Balilty’s feature photography essay on the ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem dealing with Covid.

Getty Images won the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal for photography requiring exceptional courage. The award went to a photographer who must remain anonymous as protection against retaliation. The winner documented the brutal military violence and unrest in Myanmar. Getty also won the Olivier Rebbot Award for images by freelance photographer Fatima Shbair, conveying the emotional devastation of war on Palestinian families.

Getty was one of four media outlets to pick up two awards. Dual winners also included The Washington Post, The New Yorker and VICE News. Individually, Anand Gopal of The New Yorker won his fourth OPC award in the last six years for a long-form feature on rural Afghan women living under Taliban rule.

Six journalists won their second OPC award, including Sandy Tolan and Michael Montgomery, who contributed to a joint win by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, PRX and Mother Jones. The team unearthed the exploitative labor practices of sugar producer Central Romana Corp. Tolan and Montgomery last won in 1998 and 2000, respectively.

Second-time OPC winners also included Morgan Till and Sara Just of PBS NewsHour, who along with Jane Ferguson won the Peter Jennings Award for the network’s comprehensive series on the fall of Afghanistan and the turbulent aftermath. Isobel Yeung of VICE News won for a second straight year, taking the Edward R. Murrow Award for Yemen’s Children of War.

Outlets winning their first OPC award include The Atavist Magazine, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Reveal.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting provided financial support to two OPC winning entries as part of its mission to raise awareness of underreported global stories. They include the aforementioned winners from PBS NewsHour and Reveal.

The OPC also awarded runner-up citations in 21 of the 22 award categories. The Washington Post won three citations. Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, FRONTLINE PBS, VICE and The Wall Street Journal all earned two citations.

The keynote address at the April 21 dinner will be delivered by Lulu Garcia-Navarro of The New York Times. Garcia-Navarro anchors the Times Opinion podcast and won the OPC’s Lowell Thomas Award in 2011.

The OPC Press Freedom Candle will honor journalists working in Ukraine and Belarus, including those killed or injured as they reported on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The OPC Awards judging process, which is led by OPC board member Scott Kraft, involves more than 100 jury members from across the profession with deep experience in international journalism.

Please contact the OPC’s Patricia Kranz at patricia@opcofamerica.org or (917) 971-0746 if you have additional questions.

For a full list of award winners, see below. To see citation (runner-up) winners, click on this link. A list of all our awards judges is posted here.


OPC Awards (for work in 2021)

Newspapers, News Services, Print or Digital


Best newspaper, news service or digital reporting from abroad

Sponsor: Norman Pearlstine in memory of Jerry Flint

The New York Times Staff

The Collapse of Afghanistan

Judges: The judges were particularly impressed with the Times’s ability to bring 20 years of expertise in Afghanistan to bear at the most crucial time – a commitment that enabled the organization to get at the roots of the Afghanistan collapse even before most in the US government realized what was afoot.



Best newspaper, news service or digital interpretation of international affairs

Sponsor: William J. Holstein and Rita Sevell

Neil Munshi

Financial Times

The Consequences and Drivers of Conflict in West and Central Africa

Judges: Munshi’s series for the Financial Times combined the best of explanatory writing with meticulous on-the-ground reporting from a sorely under-covered part of the world.



Best magazine-style, long-form narrative feature in print or digital on an international story

Sponsor: Michael S. Serrill

Anand Gopal

The New Yorker

The Other Afghan Women

Judges: A brave and beautifully wrought tale, written with clarity and humanity, that challenges readers to think more broadly about the complicated interlacing of war and women’s rights.



Best international business news reporting in newspapers, news services, magazines or digital

Sponsor: Forbes Magazine

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Washington Post, Miami Herald and nearly 150 media partners

“The Pandora Papers

Judges: Another tour de force by the ICIJ, “The Pandora Papers” brought together journalists from dozens of news organizations to rummage through a treasure trove of more than 11 million leaked documents showing how money and power operate in the 21st century.



Best international reporting in the print medium or digital showing a concern
for the human condition

Sponsor: Linda Fasulo

Annalise Jolley and Zahara Gomez Lucini

Atavist Magazine

A Feast for Lost Souls

Judges: A visceral journey through the interminable sorrow and astonishing resilience of Mexican women who dig for their missing relatives and confront loss through lovingly prepared meals.



Best story or series of stories on international affairs using creative and dynamic digital storytelling techniques

Sponsor: Paula Dwyer

Max Bearak, Dylan Moriarty and Júlia Ledur

The Washington Post

Africa’s Rising Cities

Judges: Beautiful interplay of writing, photography, video, and interactive data graphics that gives immediacy and urgency to an overlooked subject without falling into easy tropes about Africa. The stories and presentation were unique, ambitious, and inspiring in scope.


TV, Video, Radio or Podcast



Best radio, audio, or podcast coverage of international affairs

Sponsor: Deborah Amos

Lauren Frayer, Sushmita Pathak, Didrik Schanche and Nishant Dahiya

National Public Radio (NPR)

India’s Spring 2021 Covid Wave

Judges: “Despite themselves living under extraordinary lockdown conditions, the NPR journalists regularly delivered deep, nuanced stories, told through the voices of ordinary Indians and the health care professionals seeking to help them.”



Best TV or video spot news reporting from abroad

Sponsor: ABC News

Matthew Chance, Zahra Ullah and Jeffrey Kehl


Belarus — Inside a Manufactured Migrant Crisis

Judges: The CNN team led by correspondent Matthew Chance brought us into the midst of a simmering migrant crisis fueled by Belarus and its autocratic leader, Alexander Lukashenko, that quickly boiled over into a full-scale humanitarian emergency and a dramatic assault on Europe’s borders.



Best TV, video or documentary interpretation of international affairs with a run time up to 30 minutes

Sponsor: CBS News

Isobel Yeung, Amel Guettatfi, Javier Manzano and Ahmed Baidar


Yemen’s Children of War

Judges: VICE captures a complex, brutal war with deep humanity and moving storytelling. In a country where journalists face major obstacles, the team conveys the tragic cost of the conflict in just 18 minutes, portraying characters with insightful understanding.



Best TV, video or documentary about international affairs with a run time over 30 minutes

Sponsor: The Jennings Family

Jane Ferguson, Sara Just, Morgan Till, Emily Kassie and Zach Fannin

PBS NewsHour, with support from the Pulitzer Center

The Fall of Afghanistan

Judges: In years to come, students of history will be able to look back at these PBS NewsHour segments from Afghanistan by Jane Ferguson and team to understand what happened in the final year of America’s longest war. Throughout 2021, as most Americans’ attention had turned away, the team returned again and again to capture the final arc of the story.



Best international business news reporting in TV, video, radio, audio or podcast

Sponsor: Marc Lemcke

Sandy Tolan, Euclides Cordero Nuel and Michael Montgomery

Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, PRX and Mother Jones, with support from the Pulitzer Center

The Bitter Work Behind Sugar

Judges: This comprehensive investigation by Sandy Tolan and Euclides Cordero Nuel took listeners deep into the sugar cane harvesting camps manned by Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic. The reporting, which has prompted scrutiny from Congress and the Department of Labor, documented workers enduring $4 a day wages, staggering debt, substandard housing and woeful medical care while enhancing Central Romana Corp.’s profitability.



Best international TV, video, radio, audio or podcast reporting showing a concern for the human condition

Sponsor: David A. Andelman and Pamela Title

David Mora, Jika Gonzalez, Jose Flores and Craig Thomson

VICE News Tonight

After the Flood

Judges: “After the Flood” portrays global climate migration at its most intimate level, documenting migration and its devastating intersection with violence and organized crime. The result is a powerful and intimate portrayal of the real-life consequences of climate change.


Any Medium



Best reporting in any medium on Latin America

Sponsor: Laurie Hays

Jake Spring, Stephen Eisenhammer, Ueslei Marcelino and Reuters colleagues


Brazilian Rainforest

Judges: The seven-part package not only exposed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s signature response to destruction of the Amazon rainforest – sending in the army – as a costly failure. It also documented his work to incapacitate the country’s system for fining environmental offenders. The Reuters team traveled to far-flung – and sometimes risky – corners of the rainforest to paint a comprehensive portrait of illegal deforestation and its far-reaching consequences



Best investigative reporting in any medium on an international story

Sponsor: Marcus Rowan

The New York Times staff

The New York Times

Airstrikes Gone Wrong

Judges: A powerful investigation that revealed how a highly touted and ostensibly sophisticated remote warfare system developed by the Pentagon was riddled with flaws and beset by faulty decision-making, leading to the bombing deaths of innocent civilians in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.



Best commentary in any medium on international news

Sponsor: Deidre Depke and Ciro Scotti

Rana Ayyub

The Washington Post

The New, New World

Judges: At grave personal risk, Rana Ayyub of The Washington Post has called out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s systematic persecution of the Muslim minority. As one juror noted, “Her stories are truly frightening, and India’s slide into religious nationalism does not get nearly enough attention.”



Best reporting in any medium on international environmental issues

Sponsor: Robert Serio

The New York Times staff

The New York Times

Race to the Future

Judges: The disturbing series showed how a key element of the so-called clean energy revolution – the push to phase out gas-guzzling cars and trucks – relies in part on child labor, government corruption and deadly pollution in some of the world’s poorest countries.



Best international reporting in any medium dealing with human rights

Sponsor: Philip Dine

Ian Urbina

The New Yorker, in collaboration with the Outlaw Ocean Project

The Secretive Prisons That Keep Migrants Out of Europe

Judges: At great personal risk, Ian Urbina exposed the horrors of Libyan detention camps where African migrants are held as they attempt to travel to Europe.  Through a tacit and unsavory agreement, the European Union essentially pays Libya to catch and imprison the migrants so that Europe does not have to face problems on their borders.





Best photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise published in any medium

Sponsor: Getty Images


Getty Images

Myanmar in Turmoil

Judges: Despite facing great risk as a member of the press, this photographer remained immersed in Yangon as the junta cut lines of communication to the outside world, and killed and arrested civilians protesting the return of military rule.



Best photographic news reporting from abroad in any medium

Sponsor: David Ake

Fatima Shbair

Getty Images

11 Days of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Gaza

Judges: Shbair’s unflinching reportage forms an important historical record of the physical, emotional, cultural, and psychological devastation of war for Palestinian families and communities in Gaza.



Best feature photography on an international theme published in any medium

Sponsor: Sony Electronics Inc.

Dan Balilty

The New York Times

Inside Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Communities During Covid

Judges: Balilty’s images portray moments of tenderness and sorrow with empathy and respect. It’s a truly immersive essay on one of the year’s most difficult topics.





Best non-fiction book on international affairs

Sponsor: Friends of Richard Threlkeld

Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw


Bring Back Our Girls: The Untold Story of the Global Search for Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls

Judges: This book highlights the crushing repression of women and girls in parts of the developing world and the resilience with which they pursue their hopes. The work is bolstered by extensive field reporting, by the reporters’ expertise in African politics and culture, and by the diary of one survivor.





Best print or digital graphic journalism, including cartoons, on international affairs

Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz

Michael Ramirez

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Judges: Michael Ramirez masterly employs the full arsenal available to the visual satirist. It is rare to find a cartoonist who deftly creates both dark moods and light humor with such skill and intelligence. His work effectively eviscerates sacred cows and makes us laugh, even as we sometimes grumble.

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