AIPS Sport Media Awards’ third edition confirms global interest with high participation
November 11, 2020 - In an extraordinarily complicated year due to the
coronavirus pandemic, the AIPS Sport Media Awards can proudly announce
that the third edition, whose submission period closed last Monday, will
showcase 1871 works (in 34 different languages) coming from 129
The AIPS Sport Media Awards team would like
to thank all participants for their interest and resilience in these
EXPANSION - In the opening edition of 2018,
there were 1271 submissions from 119 countries. Last year, for the
second edition, the Awards received 1746 submissions from 125 countries.
In total, 153 nationalities were represented since the creation of the
The 129 countries represented in this edition are split
as follows: 39 from Europe, 34 from Africa, 28 from Asia, 26 from the
Americas and 2 from Oceania.
The Awards are a celebration of
those sports media professionals that produce the best and most creative
content worldwide. As we stated in April, sport could get cancelled,
but sports journalism couldn’t. In these exceptional times, another
proof of outstanding journalism prevailed.
The 1871 works will
now compete under 9 different categories in five different stages (first
screening, first selection, first voting, second voting, final voting)
to become winners, in a ceremony that will take place in February/March
2021, subject to the COVID-19 restrictions.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT -
All submissions are first checked by the AIPS staff, in order to control
dates, proof of publication, links or files attachments. All
submissions other than in English are screened by native speakers and/or
AIPS national associations, and rated by a panel of specialists to see
if they need to be translated into English.
When the panel
finalises the review process, the first selection of most valuable works
is presented to the AIPS Executive Committee members, representing 24
different countries, for the first voting stage.
The shortlist is
then passed to the Jury, established by 11 respected professionals from
the five continents and presided by AIPS president Gianni Merlo. In the
second voting stage, the Jury chooses the 3 finalists.
A final voting stage takes place the day before the ceremony.
- The 8 senior categories in Photography (Action, Portfolio), Writing
(Best Column, Best Colour Piece), Audio and Video (Short Feature,
Athlete Profile, Documentary) offer a total sum of 104,000 US Dollars
(US$, 8,000 per winner, US$, 3,000 for the second-placed and US$ 2,000
for the third-placed).
The Young Reporter Under 30 categories
(Broadcasting, Photography and Writing) will reward three journalists
with a scholarship at an international sporting event.
- AIPS will deliver certificates to all participants, and will also
announce the continental rankings. In an attempt to maximise the
positive impact that the AIPS Sport Media Award can produce in someone’s
career, special certificates will be delivered to the best-rated works
in each continent.
AIPS will publish updates regularly, including the Top 25 and Top 10 rankings, before announcing the three finalists.
The search for sport media excellence 2020 now begins. Massive thanks and good luck to all participants!