Joni and Friends, the leading global ministry serving people living with disability, announced its win of six Telly Awards in the record-breaking 44th Annual Telly Awards.
This is the fifth year the organization has been recognized for excellence in producing premier videos focused on outreach to individuals and families impacted by disability.
Competing against major Hollywood studios and corporations such as Amazon, Apple, HBO, and PBS, Joni and Friends received multiple awards across Not-for-Profit, Editing, and Cinematography categories.
The organization’s winning videos featured stories of rescue and ongoing care for Ukrainian refugees who live with disability, as well as the ministry’s work to provide physical, spiritual, social, and economic care in under-resourced countries through Wheels for the World and Joni’s House.
“We were very excited to have our videos recognized by the esteemed Telly Awards,” said Matt Hayslett, a lead video producer at Joni and Friends. “With nearly 13,000 submissions from 5 continents, it is an honor that our work was awarded. Our videos give an inside look into the lives of the people we serve and allow them an opportunity to share their voices and stories. We look forward to continuing to share stories as we serve many more people living with disability around the world.”
All entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks. Previous Telly Award Winners include CBS Interactive, Comcast, ESPN, FOX, NBC, and The History Channel.
The 2023 winning entries produced by Joni and Friends are:
Silver Telly Award Winner: Daniela’s Story Non-Broadcast General: Not-for-Profit
Silver Telly Award Winner: Ukraine Impact Non-Broadcast General: Not-for-Profit
Silver Telly Award Winner: Vickie Price Non-Broadcast General: Not-for-Profit
Silver Telly Award Winner: The Perfect Gift Social Video Series-Series: Not-for-Profit