The European Press Prize Award Ceremony 2023: In Tbilisi with ZEG

The European Press Prize is delighted to announce that its annual Award Ceremony will, for the year 2023, be held on June 9 in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, in collaboration with ZEG Tbilisi Storytelling Festival.

Staying true to our mission of supporting excellence in journalism and upholding its values around Europe, we celebrate our Award Ceremony in a different European city every year. This way, journalists from all over the continent – and beyond – have the opportunity to meet in a different cultural and socio-economic context, and the European Press Prize Community can grow, and become ever-stronger.

After Berlin in 2021 – a Ceremony held in September because of the pandemic – and Madrid in 2022, we are delighted to move East, to Georgia, and be guests of its capital Tbilisi.

The Award Ceremony 2023 will be held on June 9, where we will be partnering up with ZEG Tbilisi Storytelling Festival, an international event, organised by Coda Story and Impact Hub Tbilisi, dedicated to the power of stories in all their different forms. Our Community of Laureates, Members, Board members, our Panel of Judges and our Preparatory Committee members are among the guests that will attend our Award Ceremony. It will be a day made of discussions on the state of journalism, which will culminate with the granting of our annual Awards.

As Thomas van Neerbos, Director of the European Press Prize, explained: “It is a wonderful opportunity for us to bring the European Press Prize Award Ceremony to the beautiful city of Tbilisi, as part of ZEG Festival. Georgia is one of Europe’s crossroads of cultures and stories, in a moment in which many of these crossroads are under pressure for several reasons. Excellent journalism, as we’ve seen over the years at the Press Prize, is often created under pressure and because of some kind of pressure, therefore Tbilisi is where we need and want to be!”

“Zeg is the region’s first storytelling festival that was created in 2019 by Coda Story and Impact Hub Tbilisi. We are thrilled to be teaming up with the European Press Prize to host journalists who are telling some of Europe’s most important stories in Tbilisi,” said Natalia Antelava, co-founder of Coda and organizer of ZEG.

The new Migration Award

In Tbilisi, we will, hopefully, also inaugurate a sixth Award, the first thematic Award in European Press Prize history: the Migration Journalism Award. A call for funding to support this category is open, and can be found at this link.

If you are interested in discussing partnership possibilities, please reach out to our Contracts & Partner Lead Jennifer Athanasiou-Prins at jennifer[at]

We are fundraising for a new Award Category: the Migration Journalism Award

We are happy to announce that we started fundraising for the creation of a new Award category: the Migration Journalism Award. The announcement was made during a joint press conference, in Madrid, with the Spanish foundation porCausa.

We will also participate, together with porCausa, in the fifth edition of the Mérida Congress, the only international conference on migration journalism, from 5 to 7 October 2022 in Mérida.

Migration journalism: a big current within the European Press Prize

One of the topics most present in the hundreds of submissions that the European Press Prize receives every year is migration, in all its shapes, forms and declinations.

The presence of a high number of works related to this topic didn’t go unnoticed, as both the Panel of Judges and the Preparatory Committee of the Prize have awarded, since 2015, several items related to migration. The latest examples of this are, in 2019, Fifty-six days of separation – a breathtaking report on the U.S.’ Migration Policy and its consequences – and, in 2021 and 2022, several projects that could fall under a new category that specifically awards migration journalism.

Moreover, the director of porCausa Lucila Rodríguez-Alarcón has been part of the Prize’s Preparatory Committee for three years, giving her contribution to the selection process that highlighted the presence of so many articles and projects related to the connections between different countries, and the movement of people, and therefore stories, across them.

The Prize Contracts and Partner Lead, Jennifer Athanasiou-Prins: “Migration is part of our organisation, in every facet of it. We cannot ignore the influence of migration on European journalism – and therefore the importance of migration journalism. We are proud to join forces with both Fundacíon porCausa and the International Congress on Migration Journalism in Mérida to unite our communities to strengthen European migration journalism.”

Participating in the Mérida Congress

The Mérida Congress is the only event dedicated exclusively to migration journalism, and it is held every year in the Spanish city of Mérida.

This year’s edition, the fifth, will last one day longer and host almost 200 journalists from everywhere in the world. The 2022 program counts more than 14 roundtables, to discuss the most diverse topics, from the coverage of displacement in Ukraine, and the role of fixers in the field, to gender narrative in the migratory processes and storytelling on migrant children.

Five of the European Press Prize laureates, specialized in migration journalism, will be selected and will participate in some of the roundtable discussions, to give their contributions to the discussion.

A partnership between the European Press Prize and porCausa, and the participation in the Mérida Congress, came naturally, given the mission of the Prize and the attention the organization wants to dedicate to the topic of migration.

Lucila Rodriguez- Alarcón, director of porCausa: “Two of the most important networks of migration and journalism are now united, providing the European landscape with the only migration journalism congress in the world. We couldn’t be more happy and confident about this collaboration.”