Last month to submit your work for the AIPS Sport Media Awards 2020

  • October 09, 2020

With sports activity bouncing back in the five continents, but many journalists and photographers still trying to recover the freedom of access they had before the pandemic, the race for the AIPS Sport Media Awards enters its last month with dozens of new submissions coming every day.

The current circumstances might have changed the way sports are covered, but they didn’t alter the search for #SportMediaExcellence across all platforms.

There are still 30 days to submit your work participate in the third edition of the biggest international prize for sports journalism, a free and democratic opportunity for writers, reporters, photographers, sportscasters, producers and video makers of the sports media industry, with 8 senior categories plus 3 categories dedicated to the Under30s.

Submitting is very easy. You only need to register in the website and then add your two preferred submissions before November 9, 18:00 CET.

With more than 120 countries represented in the first two editions, there is no other accolade that can match the feeling of being selected among the world’s best sports storytellers. The Awards are a celebration of those professionals that produce the best and most creative content worldwide.

All works first published/broadcast since October 8, 2019, until the deadline of November 9, 2020, are valid.

All languages are accepted.

Prizes are US$ 8,000 per winner, US$ 3,000 and 2,000 for second and third placed in each of the 8 senior categories.

Diplomas are reserved for the top-ranked (including the continental rankings) and certificates are handed to all participants.


Sport is a valuable tool for education and culture and AIPS defends the importance of quality reporting in all platforms.

This year, AIPS reinforced its educational commitment by launching the first e-college, a free two-month course with top guests and tailored lessons, and also organised seminars to address discrimination, racism and unfair treatment in sports and media. All these initiatives are part of the cultural package that started with the trademark Young Reporters Programmes and was followed by the creation of the AIPS Sport Media Awards in 2018 and the introduction of the Young Reporter Under 30 categories in 2019.

From basketball to rowing, from tennis to cycling, every sport is represented and entrants have equal chances of winning, regardless of their work status, their age, their language and the media they represent.



All submissions are screened by native speakers, part of the AIPS team and its national associations, and a panel of specialists. The first selection is then subject to the first voting stage by the AIPS Executive Committee members, representing 24 different countries.

The shortlist is then passed to the Jury, presided by AIPS president Gianni Merlo and showcasing 11 respected professionals from the five continents. The second voting stage takes place and the finalists are chosen. A final voting stage takes place the day before the ceremony.

In the first gala, in Lausanne 2019, IOC president Thomas Bach gave the opening speech. The second gala, in Budapest 2020, started with FIFA president Gianni Infantino on stage.

The Awards were broadcast live on TV and received plenty of coverage around the world.

All nominees, but also the ones that were selected in the continental rankings, agree that being distinguished among the world’s best is a career-changing opportunity.

If you’d like to check the past winners, please click here for the Lausanne ceremony and here for the Budapest ceremony


There are 8 main categories:

-Photography Action Picture

-Photography Portfolio (3-5 pictures)

-Writing Best Column

-Writing Best Colour Piece


-Video Short Feature (no longer than 10 minutes)

-Video Documentary (starting from 10 minutes)

-Video Athlete Profile (starting from 10 minutes)

Please check all the specifications and requirements here


Those that were born on or after 1 January 1991 can also choose to use one of their submissions and participate in the new Young Reporter categories, divided as follows:

-Best Young Reporter Under 30 for achievements in Writing

-Best Young Reporter Under 30 for achievements in Photography

-Best Young Reporter Under 30 for achievements in Broadcasting (Audio & Video).


Each of these three categories will produce a direct winner. Each of the winners will earn an AIPS scholarship at an international sports event.



-Submission is free and can be made in any language.

-Each individual can submit up to two works, if they were published/broadcast between 8 October 2019 and 9 November 2020.

-Prizes are US$ 8,000 per winner, US$ 3,000 and 2,000 for second and third placed.

-Submission deadline is November 9, 18:00 Central European Time.


If you have any questions about how to submit, please write to us in our social media channels or by email at


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