Santa Susanna gala: Meet the 2023 winners!

  • April 29, 2024

The small town of Santa Susanna, in Barcelona’s coast, is surrounded by crops, protected by the mountains and bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. As his long-serving mayor, Joan Campollier, describes, ‘it’s the closest thing to an oasis’. Santa Susanna is also a place that suggests that we should back to the basics, the principles that have guided us for ages, a beautiful parable when it comes to journalism. The fitness capital was the place chosen for the AIPS Centenary Congress and the ceremony of the AIPS Sport Media Awards’ sixth edition.

The gala that took place in the Pavilion of Santa Susanna highlighted exactly those principles and those values. The best of world’s sports journalism was present, with 33 winners on stage: 24 from the eight main senior categories, 3 young reporters, 5 investigative reporters and one awardee for her bright career in journalism.

As host Marc Maury explained at the beginning, the Awards received 1887 submissions from 140 countries, a record in terms of participation. “A clear indication of the importance, prestige and relevance of these Awards, that not only encourages the privilege of competing among the world’s best, but also raises the bar that will inspire thousands of other journalists across the world in difficult times,” highlighted AIPS president Gianni Merlo.

The winners, that received a trophy and will receive either 8,000 US Dollars (1st place), 3,000 (2nd place) or 2,000 (3rd place), were the following:



1) Cristian Arcos (Chile), Colo Colo 73: 50 Years of an Unforgettable Team - Radio ADN

2) Greg Kelly / Peter Brown (Canada), Flopsweat: Why We Choke When It Matters Most - CBC Radio

3) Shima Oliaee (USA), Pink Card - Shirazad Productions for ESPN


PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO                                   

1) Adam Pretty (Australia), World Swimming Championships 2023 - Getty Images

2) Roman Vondrouš (Czech Republic), Canoe Slalom World Cup - Czech News Agency

3) Ryan Pierse (Australia), Teahupo'o - The End of the Road - Getty Images


PHOTOGRAPHY SPORT ACTION                             

1) Luca Bettini (Italy), Bloody mask - Sprint Cycling Agency

2) Sam Barnes (UK), Falling Femke - Sportsfile

3) Erçin Ertürk (Turkey), Look and See - Anadolu Agency


VIDEO ATHLETE PROFILE                          

1) Anthony Audureau, Thomas Larabi (France), Until the last round -Trois Heures moins le Quart

2) Joseph Battaglia (USA), Bob Beamon: The Legacy Beyond The Leap - FloSports

3) William Moss (USA), Untitled: The Noah Lyles Project - NBC Sports



1) Phyllis Ellis (Canada), Category: Woman - Proximity Films

2) Alison Mayer (Brazil), The incredible Galicia street soccer cup - TV Globo

3) Louis Myles / Ahmed Twaij (UK), Mighty Penguins - Meadow Lark


1) Gustavo Rotstein (Brazil), Sister Isabela: A football act - TV Globo

2) Ben Unger (Germany), The first and last women's international match – WDR
3) Al Bello (USA), The Savannah Bananas - Getty Images



1) Christof Gertsch (Switzerland), The Merman - Das Magazin

2) David Gardner (USA), Gunshots shattered her hoop dreams. Now she wants them back. - Washington Post

3) Quentin Moynet (France), Welcome to the jungle - L'Equipe

WRITING BEST COLUMN                           

1) Cristian Grosso (Argentina), Messi, the hero without resentment - Diario La Nación

2) Pablo Juanarena (Spain), Text for a football match ticket - Marca

3) Orfeo Suárez (Spain), The Achilles heel is in the balls - El Mundo

The Young Reporters categories, that offer an AIPS scholarship at a top international event, also had three winners:  


Stanimira Atanasova (Bulgaria), The other champions: "A letter to you" - bTV Media Group

YOUNG REPORTERS PHOTOGRAPHY                               

Akram Abdullah (Yemen), Passion & spirit in its finest form - Facebook


Jack Bantock (UK), For nearly 50 years, only Black men caddied The Masters. One day, they all but vanished. - CNN


SPECIAL CATEGORY - Investigative Reporting, a category that is not open to submissions, saw three senior winners, and, for the first time, two young reporters that also received this presidential distinction from Gianni Merlo and Olympic legend Edwin Moses.


David Mark (Australia) was awarded for his three-year-old investigation on the serial paedophile that haunted his victims in the sporting world for years.

Markus Harm (Germany) made a remarkable investigation on the boxing scandal that rocked the Olympic world.

Quentin Moynet (France) showed the underground world of tennis for those that hardly make a living while playing in the circuit.


Two Young Reporters also were called on stage for the first time of this Special category.

Linda Ngari (Kenya) for discovering a Ponzi scheme from a UK registered company that swindled hundreds of people in her country.

Marah Yousef, Muaz Zreiqi (Jordan) showed the dangerous world of cycling in their country and truly deserved this recognition.



Nothing is ever the same once you know the story of Sara Estévez, the 98-year-old trailblazer from Bilbao that became not just a pioneer in women’s sports journalism, but also had to fight against prejudices and break barriers. For more than twenty years, she was only known as Marathon, and her radio chronicles, with all the insight of Athletic Bilbao’s information, were eagerly awaited. Her reports, though, were read by a man. A male voice identified Marathon, until it became known that Marathon was, indeed, Sara. She is now 98 years old and still follows Athletic Bilbao’s results. She was the first woman to date to receive the A Life in Sport special recognition, and received a standing ovation.

SPECIAL COMMENDATIONS Thirty nine special mentions were also announced. As it happened in the previous years, they are aligned with the core values of AIPS, advocating for peace, diversity, gender equality, as well as a bridge for the next generation and modern reporting. Here's the full list of awardees: 

Ukrainian Sports During War / Football Must Go On - TeleProstir Studio / Paramount+
Volodymyr Mula (Ukraine)

Ukrainian Sports During War / We are the defensive line. Ukrainian players of American football at the war - JSC
Serhii Zakharchenko (Ukraine)

Ukrainian Sports During War / The Survivors - Der Spiegel
Matthias Fiedler (Germany)

Ukrainian Sports During War / The War over the Olympics - Verdens Gang
Anders Christiansen (Norway)

Ukrainian Sports During War / Team Ukraine - NBC Sports
David Picker (United States of America)

Special Topic of the Year: Sport for Peace / Long live peace, not war - Remuntada

Hiam Salih (Sudan)

Sudan: Freedom of Press / Sudan conflict: Impact of war on journalists and media professionals - Sudan News agency/Panafrican News Agency

Mohamed Osman Adam (Sudan)

Safeguarding journalism working conditions / Murder and abuses against Her Majesty's court - Sudanese newspaper website
Nahed Albageir (Sudan)

Human Rights Special Commendation / There are no more football stars in Gaza -
Dina Salameen (Palestine)

Combatting Racism & Discrimination / First Black QB matchup in Super Bowl history represents progress, despite NFL's systemic barriers - CBC
Morgan Campbell (Canada)

Gender Equality Special Commendation / Nigeria’s female Athletics coaches pay a high price in a male-dominated field - Making of Champions
Opeyemi Galadima (Nigeria)

Contributing to the development of Women in Sport / Fighting for recognition: How women in Central Asia are finding a way into martial arts - CABAR 

Aigerim Konurbaeva (Kyrgyzstan), Katerina Afanasyeva (Kazakhstan); Aigerim Konurbaeva (Kyrgyzstan); Farzonai Umarali (Tajikistan)

Raising Awareness on Mental Health / "You cry alone” - Tageblatt
Pascal Gillen (Germany)

Scoop & Breaking News /  Li Chunjiang and the Shanghai Sharks’ last class of the season - GREAT SPORTS MEDIA

Jing Xia (China)

Investigative Special Mention / Forgotten Professionalism to Survive - Khelpati/Thahakhabar
Namin Dhakal (Nepal)

Investigative Special Mention / Sports psychologist Sasa Sredanovic falsely presents herself to the public - Fake News Tragač
Stefan Kosanović (Serbia)

Investigative Special Mention / The other final stretch of the horses at the Camarero Hippodrome - Centro de Periodismo Investigativo
José Encarnación (Puerto Rico)

Sports For the Next Generation / The Women’s Cricket Revolution (Financial Times)
Annesha Gosh (India)

Parasports Reporting / A New Star Emerges - -Tokito Oda, Wheelchair Tennis Player - Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd.

Eri Gamo (Japan)

Original Story / Ritorno da Varenne - RAI
Monica Matano (Italy)

Insight on Sports’ Science / Justin’s Legacy - TVNZ
Julia Sartorio (New Zealand)

Climate Change & Sustainability / Eliud Kipchoge race to save forests in Kenya - BBC Africa
Michelle Katami Guda (Kenya)

Celebrating Sports History / Madrid's first trip to London: two days on the road, three defeats, the new off-side, a picture... - MARCA
Miguel Angel Lara (Spain)

Outstanding Interview / Erling Haaland Exclusive - The Telegraph
Jason Burt (United Kingdom)

Special Report, Visual & Data Story / Women’s World Cup 2023: Absences because of the same injuries - CNN
Hannah Ryan (United Kingdom)

Interactive Reportage / Kick in hope - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Jeremy Story Carter (Australia)

Total Reportage Photo + Text / Les fantômes du Mezzogiorno - Raffut magazine

Quentin Raverdy (France)

Longform Journalism / Inside the wild ‘Man vs Horse’ race that made a small Welsh town legend - Financial Times Magazine
Will Coldwell (United Kingdom)

Sport for Hope / Refugee Camps’ World Cup: Children find an opportunity where war has been raging for 12 years - The VII Academy
Ali Haj Suleiman (Syria)

Photography Emotion / Leo Messi - Getty Images
David Ramos (Spain)

Feature Photography / Deeper perspective & concentration -
Daniele Combi (Italy)

Old-Style Photography / Di Maria’s World Cup goal Tri-X Style - Sport Press Photo
Richard Callis (UK)

Social Media News Format / Football: the new Saudi’s soft power - Brut Afrique
Papa Mahmoud Gueye (Senegal)

Docuseries Format / A Calcio Titkai /Secrets of Calcio - Sport TV Hungary

Andras Daniel Keri (Hungary)

Young Reporter Special Commendation / Abandoned Nyinahin Project - Joy News
Clinton Yeboah (Ghana)

Retro Story Retold / Kaiserslautern - ARD Mediathek

Jürgen Schmidt (Germany)

Social Role of Sports / Down here, football is not just a game, it can save lives - Magyar Nemzet
Attila Szalay (Hungary)

Special Commendation on AIPS Centenary / Frantz Reichel and his role in Ecuador’s history - El Universo
Ricardo Vasconcellos (Ecuador)


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