INSP Awards

Established in 2008, the INSP Awards highlight the outstanding achievements of independent street paper journalism and street papers’ contribution to social justice.

Each year, the awards culminate in a gala dinner at INSP’s annual Global Street Paper Summit.

Awards are currently presented in the following categories:

Editorial Awards

  • Best News Feature
  • Best Cultural Feature
  • Best Photograph
  • Best Cover
  • Best Design
  • Best Vendor Contribution
  • INSP Special News Service Award

Impact Awards

  • Best Online Presence
  • Best Project
  • Best Breakthrough
  • Best Campaign

2018 Awards

The 2018 Awards are now closed for entries. Nominees and finalists will be announced in due course. Winners will be revealed at the 2018 Global Street Paper Summit in Glasgow.

A round-up of the past awards:

2017 Awards

23 August 2017
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester, UK

The seventh INSP Awards, hosted by Serge Lareault.


2016 Awards

15 June 2016
Onassis Cultural Centre
Athens, Greece

The sixth INSP Awards, hosted by Serge Lareault.


2015 Awards

26 June 2015
Seattle University’s Campion Ballroom
Seattle, USA

The fifth INSP Awards, hosted by Serge Lareault.


2013 Awards

1 August 2013
Munich, Germany

The fourth INSP Awards.


2011 Awards

22 July 2011
Crowne Plaza
Glasgow, UK

The third INSP Awards.


2009 Awards

14 May 2009
Logen Theatre
Bergen, Norway

The second INSP Awards, hosted by Petter Lavern.


  • Best Feature Story: Streetvibes, USA
  • Best Campaign Cover: The Big Issue Zambia
  • Best Interview: The Jeepney, Philippines
  • Best Photograph: Megaphone, Canada
  • Best Design: Ocas”, Brazil
  • Best Vendor Essay: The Big Issue, UK
  • INSP Special Award for External Press: The Tyee, Canada
  • Outstanding Contribution to the International Street Paper Movement: BISS, Germany

2008 Awards

20 June 2008
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Glasgow, UK

The first INSP Awards, hosted by Jackie Baillie MSP.