Awards ceremony

Our awards

We’re proud to be shortlisted and winners of many awards and accolades demonstrating our commitment to stopping child sexual abuse online and making the internet a safer place for everyone. 

Our team, at the Internet Watch Foundation, do one of the hardest jobs in the world. Each and every working day, they assess images and videos showing the sexual abuse of children online and work to have this content removed. Not only does this stop the re-victimisation survivors of sexual abuse fear so much, but it also makes the internet a safer place for everyone. 

We're enormously grateful every time our team's extraordinary work is recognised by leading, independent organisations, some of which, you can see here.    

IWF Win at the Digital Communication Awards

The IWF has taken the top prize in the DCA's Purpose Driven Communications (Covid 19) category for its work campaigning to raise awareness of the rise of “self-generated” child sexual abuse material.

The Gurls out Loud campaign, aimed at teenage girls, and the Home Truths campaign, aimed at parents, set out to address the startling increase in reports of self-generated sexual abuse imagery of children – predominantly 11 to 13-year-old girls – who have often been targeted by predators in their own bedrooms.

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IWF Hotline Manager wins Unsung Hero Award for 'profound' contribution to keeping the internet safe

Chris Hughes leads a team of analysts whose job is to assess images and videos of suspected child sexual abuse to help get them removed from the internet. Read more

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Chris Hughes - IWF Hotline Director

#SoSockingSimple wins ISPA best PR campaign

A ground-breaking campaign that features one man and his, er, special sock scooped the Best ISPA PR Campaign award. Read more

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IWF Communications Officer - Angela Munoz Aroca

2019 Civil Society Charity Awards - Children & Youth Category Winner

The Internet Watch Foundation honoured for its child protection in cyberspace. Read more

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Thomas Dyson and Emma Douglas (centre) accept the Charity Award for IWF.

2018 ISPA Awards - 20th Anniversary Award

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has won the 20th Anniversary Award 2018 in the UK ISP Internet Industry Awards for its ground-breaking work removing child sexual abuse imagery from the internet. Read more

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IWF's 20th Anniversary ISPA Award

2018 Comms Business Awards - Hidden Heroes Award

The Internet Watch Foundation’s Hotline Analysts scooped the Hidden Heroes Award at the 2018 Comms Business Awards. Read more

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IWF's Hidden Heroes Award

India's National Award for Child Welfare 2017

The IWF India Reporting Portal wins India’s National Award for Child Welfare 2017 as part of the Aarambh India Initiative. Read more

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IWF's National Award for Child Welfare 2017

2017 Global ICT Excellence Awards

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) crowns the Internet Watch Foundation as its Public Sector Excellence Award winner. Read more

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Julian David from TechUK receiving the award on IWF's behalf.

Corporate LiveWire Awards 2017

We were awarded the Excellence in Internet Safety Award at the Corporate LiveWire's 2017 Innovation & Excellence Awards. Read more

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IWF's Excellence in Internet Safety Award.

Women in IT Awards 2017

Our former Technical Projects Officer, Harriet Lester, was named Rising Star of the Year at the world’s largest technology diversity event – the Women in IT Awards. Read more.

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Harriet Lester named Rising Star of the Year.

Cloudhosting Awards 2016

IWF's Image Hash List was named Innovation of the Year 2016 at the CloudHosting Awards 2016. Read more

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IWF wins Innovation of the Year 2016.

European Citizens Prize 2016

We were awarded the prestigious 2016 European Citizens prize by the European Parliament. Read more.

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IWF wins European Citizens Prize 2016.

IWF Chief Executive awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Susie Hargreaves, IWF CEO was awarded an OBE for her work in the field of online child protection, in June 2016. Read more

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Susie Hargreaves, IWF CEO, being awarded an OBE by Prince Charles.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – Churchill Medallion

Our former Technical Researcher, Sarah Smith, was awarded the Churchill Medallion upon completion of her Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship in 2016. Read more

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IWF Technical Researcher awarded the Churchill Medallion.

ISPA Awards 2016

We were shortlisted twice for the 2016 ISPA Safety Award. Once for our services to Members and our international reporting portal. We were also shortlisted as a partner of the UK Safer Internet Centre for the coordination of the 2016 UK Safer Internet Day campaign. Read more

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Shortlisted for two awards at the 2016 ISPAs.

ISPA Awards 2013

We received a special commendation at the 2013 ISPA Awards, after being shortlisted in the Internet Safety and Security category. Read more.

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A special commendation for IWF at the 2013 ISPA Awards.

Nominet Internet Awards 2013

We were a finalist in the Nominet Internet Awards 2013 in the Making the internet a safer place category. Read more.

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IWF were finalists in the Nominet Internet Awards 2013.