Meet our Freelancer Project of the Year 2019 finalists!

We would like to introduce you to our 4 finalists for our brand new award for 2019  - our winners will be announce on Thursday 13 June at our award ceremony in London


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This year's finalists are:


Olivier Jamin, contemporary artist

Olivier is an award-winning artist who has been involved in successful projects including a public art event with Grand Central Birmingham. Working with Posca pens on card and fabric, he specialises in hand-drawn multi-coloured art and creates stencil graffiti art, mixed media arts, time-lapse videos and photography. He produces work which combines colours and patterns, raising imagination and awareness. Olivier also sells products through his website and direct to customers.

Much of Olivier’s art reflects what it means to be a deaf artist, but he also produces non deaf-related art, patterns and colours. His work is influenced by the world of art, digital media, travel and everyday issues. One of his key aims is sharing his love of art with mainstream communities. 

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Inna Lazareva, journalist
Inna is a British freelance journalist. She began her career in 2013 covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, TIME magazine and others. In 2016, she moved to Cameroon and has been reporting from around Africa for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Guardian, Washington Post, Newsweek, The Economist and other outlets.

Over the past year, she has reported from nine countries, including South Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon’s Far North and northern Uganda.In her eight-month long investigation into the harmful practice of breast ironing published in January 2019, she exposed that the African ritualistic ‘tradition’ which harms girls under the guise of protecting them also takes place in the UK. Her work led to questions tabled in parliament, more victims coming forward and government reacting by vowing to confront the practice.



Duncan Cowles, filmmaker 

Duncan is a BAFTA Scotland Award winning documentary filmmaker whose short films ‘The Lady with the Lamp’, ‘Radio Silence’, ‘Directed by Tweedie’, ‘Isabella’, ‘Alexithymia’, ’Taking Stock’ and ‘Just Agree Then’ have been selected for various film festivals at home and internationally.

He has won awards at the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, BFI Future Film Festival, Hamburg Short Film Festival, Kyiv Short Film Festival, Szczecin European Film Festival and more. He has also gained significant exposure through platforms such as Short of the Week, Vimeo Staff Picks, BFI Player, It’s Nice That and numerous others.


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Marina Gask, journalist, blogger and copywriter
Marina has been a self-employed for 12 years as a journalist, blogger and copywriter. A BSME award-winning editor of teen mag Sugar, she also edited More! and Top Sante and held senior positions at Glamour, SHE and Cosmopolitan.Her freelance journalism portfolio includes writing for glossies, broadsheets and digital platforms, being a visiting journalism tutor at Goldsmiths University and writing three books for teenagers, published by Piccadilly Press. Marina also helps businesses with web content, blogs, press strategy and business books. Last year Marina co-launched Audrey Online, a digital platform for Generation Restart: midlife women who want or need to self-reinvent and give their lives a reboot.

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You have the opportunity to join us at the Freelancer Awards Ceremony on the 13th of June, aswell as our conference a week later - National Freelancers Day, with our Premium Ticket package.  


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