The categories below are open to professional photographers who, on traditional or new media platforms, can best capture in a still image:
1. Sport Action
An image that depicts a moment of excellence or athletic skill from a particular sporting event.
A portfolio of at least three but no more than five sports photos. These photos may be from the same sport or same event, or they may be from different events and different sports.
These categories are dedicated to the written word, encompassing colour writing and column writing on traditional or new media platforms:
3. Best Column
A piece that offers a considered and knowledgeable opinion, demonstrates relevance, authority, understanding of and insight into the issue and shows a flair for language. Opinion pieces, blogs, investigations and editorial articles fit in this category.
4. Best Colour Piece
A story that demonstrates innovation, thinking, research and is well written with passion and flair, best capturing the emotion of an occasion in and around the sporting world: reportage, features, chronicles and interviews can fit in this category.
A submission that is either a radio report, podcast, piece of commentary or other audio submission that is not only compelling but also displays some technical innovation and quality research.
The video categories are dedicated to those who, on traditional or new media platforms, harness the moving image in sport, from the cameraman to the video web caster, to the producer or production team represented by one individual covering a sport event.
6. Athlete profile
A video that portrays a captivating, in-depth image of an athlete or a prominent and relevant sport figure.
A video that tells a compelling and revealing story about any aspect of the sport world, showing qualitative research and editorial input combined with quality filmmaking.
8. Short feature
A video no longer than 10 minutes in length on any sporting subject with strong storytelling, innovative filming and journalistic relevance.
The newly created Young Reporter category is open to professionals that are under 30 (born on or after January 1, 1990). AIPS has invested in the future of sport journalism by creating the respected AIPS Young Reporters Programmes, that set a high quality reporting standard for UEFA, FIFA, FINA and IAAF events since 2011. To give an Award to the younger generations is another step in the same direction and underlines AIPS efforts to offer a better future in this profession. Each of the winners will receive a career-boost opportunity: a scholarship in a major international sports event.
9. Best Young Reporter in Photography.
10. Best Young Reporter in Writing.
11. Best Young Reporter in Broadcasting (Audio and Video).
SPECIAL AWARDS CATEGORIES
Not open to submissions, these awards recognise achievement in the following fields:
A lifetime recognition award for a media professional who has demonstrated passion and excellence in the field of sport journalism. The winner could be a well-known TV commentator, a gifted producer or an accomplished and influential newspaper columnist.
Dedicated to an investigative treatment, on traditional or new media platforms, that identifies and explains and/or reveals sport related topics or issues judged to be of public interest.