Two decades have passed, but social challenges are still with us - The Hégető Award Program is open for applications for the 20th time

The world has changed a lot in twenty years, but social problems have not abated and humanity is facing serious new challenges in many fields. The role and significance of the award, established in memory of Honorka Hégető, the RTL Klub reporter who died young in a car accident, and the relevance of the videos and photos made in the spirit of Honorka, are unfortunately as important in 2023 as they were twenty years ago.  Honorka prepared reports mainly about the lives of disadvantaged people, for which she was granted the Tolerance Award in 1999. Her work is commemorated by the Hégető Award, established in 2003 by the foundation bearing her name and awarded each year to journalists and writers who deal with socially important issues that deserve public attention.

Applications are accepted for the Hégető Award 2023

In 2023, the Hégető Honorka Foundation is again looking for works that present social issues and possible solutions in the form of a video or photo series. The award is open to works (videos, individual photos, or photo series – up to 10 images) published online or aired on television between 1 August 2022 and 31 August 2023. This year again, the applications will be evaluated by Antónia Mészáros, Executive Director of UNICEF Hungary, and journalists János Horvát and Balázs Weyer. Photos will be evaluated by Éva Keleti, Kossuth and Balázs Béla Award-winning photographer.

While in 2020 and 2021, the main theme of the applications was coronavirus and its consequences, in 2022, the program was dominated by the war in Ukraine. The war is still with us, but the plight of the vulnerable, serious environmental problems, the state of health and education, and inflation are also dominating the national and international public discourse. The organisers welcome submissions on any topic that brings to light important social issues far from the mainstream of public life.

Yettel has been a long-standing sponsor of the Hégető Honorka Foundation and the Hégető Honorka Award Program. This year again it offers a special award to a selected project. Last year, in addition to recognising the creator of the winning video, the mobile operator also decided to support the cause that the entry had brought to light, raising awareness of the invaluable work of journalists.

Deadline for submitting applications: 31 August 2023

Program details:

Terms and conditions:
•    Format: moving picture, single phot or photo series
•    Length/volume:
o    for videos: 5 to 30 minutes  
o    for photos: 1 to 10 photos
•    Date of publication: 1 August 2022 to 31 August 2023
•    The application should include the following information:  
o    name and contact details of applicant (phone number, e-mail address)
o    project title and synopsis
o    place and date of publication
•    Applications should be uploaded to  
•    Video format: YouTube link or Vimeo link

If you have any questions related to the application process, please contact Mária Ignatovics at
Sponsors of the award: RTL Hungary, the Hégető family, Yettel Hungary