In the highly-prized Shorty Awards, which celebrate the best content on the internet, the agency has received a nomination in the Best Live Event Coverage for its outstanding reporting of last August’s Beirut explosion.

Ruptly also received two nominations in the Drum Online Media Awards which honour the best in digital journalism. The agency’s highly regarded Verification Unit - which validates and verifies its news output - has been shortlisted in the Editorial Team of the Year category, while Ruptly’s Head of News, Laura Lucchini, has been nominated as Editor of the Year.

Ruptly has also been named the recipient of a Silver Award and four Awards of Excellence for its ground-breaking interactive project Dyatlov Group’s Journal: The Last Page, which followed the last days of the ill-fated expedition to the Ural Mountains 60 years ago. The influential Society for News Design gave the project a Silver Award for Best Use of Video and Awards of Excellence for Best Use of Photography or Photostory, Best Homepage or Landing Page, Best New or Redesigned Site and Best Storytelling, Multimedia or Interactive.

Dinara Toktosunova, CEO of Ruptly, said: ‘After such a difficult year for the news industry, it is wonderful that these distinguished organisations have chosen to recognise Ruptly as a standard-bearer of excellent journalism and creativity. It is a further sign that, even in these troubled times, we as an agency continue to go from strength to strength.’