The 2021 DIG Awards Jury

Every year, our Jury selects the best works of investigative journalism among hundreds of submissions, awarding brave reporters and video-makers from all over the world. Here’s our 2021 Jury:

Paolo Pellegrin is one of the world’s leading photojournalists who has documented many of this generation’s major disasters and conflicts, from revolutions to wars to tsunamis. In 2001 he became a Magnum Photos nominee and a full member in 2005. He was a contract photographer for Newsweek for ten years. He has been published in many leading publications including TIME, The New York Times, Newsweek and the New York Times Magazine, where he has photographed more than ten cover stories. Pellegrin is a winner of many awards, including ten World Press Photo awards and numerous Photographer of the Year awards, a Leica Medal of Excellence, an Olivier Rebbot Award, the Hansel-Meith Preis, and the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. In 2006, he was assigned the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.

Gabriela Manuli is the Deputy Director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). A native of Argentina, Gabriela has been a journalist for more than 15 years, working for radio, TV, magazines and newspapers. She has extensive international experience in Latin America, Europe and the United States. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the investigative reporting team of Perfil in Argentina and covered issues such as migration, human rights and discrimination in Latin America. She also worked as IJNet’s Spanish editor and community manager. As a freelance reporter she has written for several publications, including La Nacion (Argentina), El Mundo (Spain) and Orsai.

Margherita Pescetti has been working on documentaries since 2008. In 2009 she directed “Russulella”, which was presented at Mix Festival, Sicilia Queer Film Festival and Divergenti Film Festival. In 2012, “Passo a Due”, the film she co-directed with Teresa Iaropoli, was awarded Best Documentary at Festival Molise Cinema, won the Alida Valli prize at Festival internazionale di Cinema e Donne and participated at the Festival Internacional de Cinema Feminino in Rio de Janeiro. In 2015 Pescetti was involved in the collective movie “Oggi insieme e domani anche – Storie d’amore e separazione ai nostri tempi” and shot “Diversity” in Gaza with Linda Paganelli. Her latest documentary, “Life is But a Dream” has been screened at various national and international festivals and won the Audience Award at Festival dei Popoli and the best documentary prize at Visioni Italiane.

Andrea Scrosati is Chief Operating Officer of Fremantle. Based in London, he has responsibility for the group’s strategy, M&A, legal and business affairs, as well as the company’s operations across Southern Europe (Italy, Spain, France and Portugal), Brazil, Mexico and Israel and its UK scripted labels Euston Films and Hare&Tortoise. He is a member of Fremantle’s global operating board and its investment committee. He is also chair of Fremantle’s production companies Wildside (Italy), Miso Film (Scandinavia) and Abot Hameiri (Israel) and serves on the board of Kwai and Fontaram in France. Previously, he was responsible over all Sky Italia programming excluding sports, leading a team of over 500 people.

Juliana Ruhfus is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and interactive producer.  She currently works as the the senior reporter for Al Jazeera English’s “People & Power” strand. Juliana joined Al Jazeera English in early 2006 and was part of the team that launched and defined the new channel and the People & Power strand in particular. Prior to joining Al Jazeera Juliana worked as a reporter on Channel 4’s ground-breaking current affairs series Unreported World. Her speciality has always been how to get into difficult and closed places and her work for Channel 4, BBC, WDR, NHK and other international broadcasters earning her and the team nominations for the One World Media, Amnesty International and Rory Peck awards.

Alberto is a journalist and documentarist, vicepresident of DIG. He wrote for several Italian newspapers and magazines and worked for a long time at RAI, producing both TV and radio shows. A former correspondent for RAI’s Sciuscià, Raggio Verde, Anno Zero and Report, he is now a freelance journalist and founder of Dersu Productions.

Anne Koch is the Program Director at the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). Previously, she served as Director of Europe and Central Asia at Transparency International. Her award-winning career in BBC journalism included service as deputy director of the “English World Service”, Executive Editor of the BBC’s flagship radio news and current affairs programs, as well as editor of the World Tonight.

Tim Travers Hawkins is an independent director, cinematographer and multimedia artist. His first feature “XY Chelsea” (2019), a portrait of notorious whistleblower Chelsea Manning, was nominated at the Emmy Awards. Tim co-founded the award-winning Colombian film collective “Cinemachete”, whose work included “Oury Jalloh” (2008), and “Posh” (2010).

Alexandre Brachet is the founder and CEO of Upian, an interactive and creative studio that provides online content for agencies and media companies. He is one of the world’s major players in the production of web documentaries and hybrid multimedia contents, somewhere between documentary cinema and digital storytelling.

Nils Hanson was between 2003-2018 the editor-in-chief of Mission Investigate at the public service TV company Swedish Television (SVT). Nils regularly teaches investigative methods at conferences and workshops all over the world and has written a book on the subject. He has himself received six investigative awards. Nils was newly appointed as the investigative editor of the news department at Swedish Television and also continues to work as an editor for Mission Investigate.