Third-annual International Women’s Podcast Awards see entries from 27 countries

Guilty Feminist’s Deborah Frances-White hosts ceremony for second year running

The winners of the 2023 International Women’s Podcast Awards were announced yesterday evening, with entries from almost 30 countries around the world, in a ceremony which took place at The Conduit in London’s Covent Garden.

This year’s ceremony, which marks the third year that the awards have taken place, was hosted by comedian and host of The Guilty Feminist Deborah Frances-White. The event celebrates women and non-binary voices in podcasting, and was hosted by female-led media company Everybody Media, co-founded by Naomi Mellor and Rebekah Pennington. 

“The buzz in the room last night was brilliant and we were thrilled to welcome podcasters from all over the world to the 2023 International Women's Podcast Awards,” Mellor told PodPod. “The awards exist to showcase and celebrate the work of women and people of minority genders from across the globe, so the team were delighted to see entries from 27 different countries this year.”

“It's been amazing to see and hear a huge range of brilliant work from across the world again. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!”

A number of international podcasts were recognised and honoured at last night’s ceremony, including Spanish podcast Costa Nostra for The Moment of Podcasting Panache in a Language Other Than English, and US investigative series Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children.

The highest honour of the night which was the Award For Changing The World One Moment At A Time, sponsored by audio technology company Shure, went to the host of The TMI Project Story Hour Eva Tenuto, who flew from New York to attend the ceremony. The arts podcast, under the nonprofit transmedia organisation TMI Project, showcases the stories of people are afraid to tell. 

Other winners included The Telegraph’s How To Become A Dictator for Moment of Dramatic Tension which highlighted the last few months that the brand’s foreign correspondent Sophia Yan spent in China. The award was accepted by the podcast’s producers Venetia Rainey, Joleen Goffin, and Louisa Wells who thanked Yan on stage for her bravery, having had to move her life to Turkey as it was no longer safe to stay in China after the podcast aired. 

How To Become A Dictator won an award! Fittingly for its dramatic tension…” said Rianey on Twitter. “Sophia Yan’s final few months in China were certainly dramatic and tense! Thanks to brill Telegraph pod and world team for making this happen.”