The awarding categories of the Ignite Awards for Human Rights are:
Most Distinguished Human Rights Defender (one individual and one organization)
Awarded to individuals or organizations whose work on human rights uplift the situation of rights holders and whose work impacts activism, policy-making and changes in peoples’ lives. Individuals and organizations whose contributions to the advancement of human rights in the Philippines have resulted to immensely improved lives of those who will otherwise be marginalized or oppressed.
Outstanding Young Human Rights Defender
Awarded to an individual under the age of 25 years (on 28 May) and who has made an outstanding contribution to advancing human rights in Philippines. Outstanding young people who served as prime movers and influencers among their peers towards mobilizing for human rights activism.
Art that Matters
Awarded to artists who have utilized their art in defending freedoms and helped in revolutionizing human rights education through their craft.
Art that Matters Award is dedicated to an artist or a group of artists from different art genres like music, film, literary, visual and performance art, who serve as influencers and have utilized their art forms in defending freedoms and upholding human rights. For every awarding season, Ignite Awards for Human Rights will award one artist for the year’s chosen genre.