Thirty days to go, thirty talking points about the AIPS Awards
LAUSANNE, October 4, 2021 - The
AIPS Sport Media Awards 2021 are receiving submissions from all over
the world. With the clock marking precisely one month before the
deadline, here are the most relevant details about the most prestigious
prize in sports journalism. You can be part of it!
Here are the ten key points for the Awards 2021:
1) Submission deadline extended until November 4. As
a gesture towards all the colleagues that are still struggling to
regain access and restore the pre-pandemic working conditions, AIPS
president Gianni Merlo announced a one-month extension to submit works.
The final deadline is November 4, 18:00 Central European Time.
2) Two works across all categories accepted. Every
professional can upload two submissions. They might be included in the
same category or in different categories, as long as they follow the
Rules. Submissions can be in any language and submitting is completely
3) From November to November. The
AIPS Sport Media Awards accept all original works that were first
published between November 10, 2020, until November 4, 2021.
4) All branches of sports journalism covered. The
8 senior categories are divided into Writing (Best Column; Best Colour
Piece), Photography (Action Photo; Portfolio), Video (Short Feature,
Athlete Profile, Documentary) and Audio (for all types of audio reports,
podcasts, radio). In addition, there is a Young Reporters Under 30
category, optional for those born after January 1, 1992, and split into
Photography, Writing and Broadcasting (Audio & Video).
5) Freelancers welcome. The
AIPS Sport Media Awards are open to all media professionals, regardless
of their work status. AIPS membership is not required to participate.
We hope that, through our Awards and the AIPS Education programmes, you
can also get to know what AIPS does in terms of culture and how
important it is to stay connected.
6) The only global award for sports journalism. In
the first three editions, the AIPS Sport Media Awards have shown an
incredible diversity, having received works from more than 100 countries
each year. In 2020, 129 countries and 35 languages were represented.
The global spirit of this prize is also reflected in the judging
process, with 40 top professionals from 36 different countries taking
part in the five judging stages until the winners are announced.
7) An introductory card to the AIPS world. The
International Sports Press Association (AIPS) is the body that
represents international sports media from websites, newspapers, radio
and TV across all continents. 161 national associations are part
of the AIPS network and more than 9,500 AIPS members worldwide. The
creation of the AIPS Sport Media Awards in 2018 was yet another step in
the constant evolution of AIPS, whose first Congress was held in 1924 on
the eve of Paris 1924 Olympic Games.
8) A total prize money of US$ 104,000 for all podium nominees. Winners
of each of the 8 senior categories will be entitled to a money prize.
The first prize for each is US$ 8,000. Second-placed will earn US$
3,000. The third-placed will be rewarded with US$ 2,000. Each of the
winners of the (optional) Young Reporter Categories for Under 30 will
receive a scholarship to cover a major international sports event. Young
Reporters categories do not include a second and third prize.
9) One website does it all. In order to submit, first, you need to sign up at www.aipsawards.com and,
once you’ve created your own profile, you can click on ‘add
submission’, select category and sub-category, upload your work (links
or files), add media name, proof of publication, and then submit. Works cannot be submitted by email or social media.
10) All aboard for the 2022 gala. After
a careful review, we first announce all the list of participants and
their countries; then, by the end of the year we will subsequently
publish the longlists by category, and after each voting stage, we will
announce the remaining candidates: shortlists, Top 10 and Top 3 Podium
nominees. The podium ceremony of the AIPS Sport Media Awards 2021 will take place in March 2022, date and venue to be confirmed depending on the evolution of the pandemic.
The first ceremony was held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2019. The
second edition had its ceremony in Budapest, Hungary, in 2020. The third
gala was a virtual ceremony from the medieval castle of Vigevano,
Italy, in 2021.
Interested in more? Have a look at the category specifications and other important information.
11) Writing categories accept all kinds of articles. We
accept all types of articles, without limitations of word count, to
compete under the Best Column and Best Colour Piece categories. Book
excerpts or chapters are not accepted unless reproduced in a media
outlet under an article format.
12) Video categories welcome short and long features. The
Athlete Profile and Documentary category are reserved for videos of 10
or more minutes. The Short Feature category encompasses all videos up to
13) Photography categories, for action and production. The
two categories, Action and Portfolio, offer the photographer the chance
of participating both with action and production pictures.
14) Audio category, for in-depth reporting. The only audio category accepts radio reports, podcasts, pieces of commentary or other audio submissions that are not only compelling but also display some technical innovation and quality research.
15) All languages accepted. And we really mean it. Applicants
can submit entries in any language. It is advisable, but not
compulsory, to submit an English translation. We will translate into
English all submissions that were picked in the different voting stages.
For audiovisual works that reach the final stage, please notice that we
can require you the script in your original language to ensure adequate
translation. All articles that are not in English and do not have
English translation will be screened by either a member of the AIPS
panel of experts, Executive Committee member or a native speaker from
the respective member association of AIPS in the first phase. If judged
as valuable, the entry will be translated into English via a
16) Longlists, shortlists, nominations. We
take the judging process very seriously, with five voting stages before
announcing the winners. Once your work has been reviewed and admitted
by AIPS staff, the first selection (longlist) is made, considering the
ratings of an AIPS panel of experts, Executive Committee members and
Jury members. The second stage goes exclusively to the EC, represented
by 24 members from 24 different countries. They will narrow the longlist
into a shortlist. Then the Jury comes into stage, with 11 relevant
members of the sports media industry, plus AIPS president Gianni Merlo
as president (voting also in the case of a tie). The Jury will narrow
the shortlist into the Top 10 finalists (third voting stage), Top 3
podium finalists (fourth voting stage) and, a day before the final
ceremony, the winners (fifth and final voting stage). Jurors names and
their career expertise in sports journalism are accessible on the
17) Modern means flexible & why we accept social media and blogs. We
would like to give as many chances of participation as possible to all
journalists, photographers and videographers, which is why we are also
accepting video-sharing platforms (such as YouTube and Vimeo), podcasts,
and personal blogs (such as Medium or Facebook) to ensure that everyone
has equal possibilities and visibility regardless of their employment
status, as long as entrants are sport media professionals and comply
with the rest of the rules. We know the difficult conditions that many
colleagues are facing and we want to show our full support.
18) A good way to celebrate quality journalism. If you want to check the previous winners, and their prestigious work, you can see all the names on our website.
Podium 2018 Edition, Lausanne ceremony: https://www.aipsawards.com/podium
Podium 2019 Edition, Budapest ceremony: https://www.aipsawards.com/podium2020
Podium 2020 Edition, Vigevano castle ceremony: https://www.aipsawards.com/podium2021
19) Continental recognition and career-changing opportunities. A
few days after the winners are announced, in March 2022, we will also
publish the continental rankings, with the top-rated works per category.
We consider this a celebration of the best performers on a regional
level and we do understand the value of their effort, which is why we
also release certificates of achievement for them. Each continental
section or national association is free to pay tribute to the best
20) Understanding proof of publication and first broadcast/publication. We ask for proof of publication, as
a way to check that your work was actually published and in the dates
that you have stated. It can be a link or a PDF, MP4 or audio file,
depending on the category. In the case of submitting links, they must
not be behind paywalls. The first broadcast or publication date is the
first date in which the video, audio, article or photograph was
published/released. It must be between November 10, 2020 and November 4,
2021. In the photography categories, it is the date in which it was
published in your agency (if applicable) or media outlet, but also
taking into account the date of the event, that must be in the valid
participation window. Private screenings for video products are not
considered as officially released. If you have any doubts, please write
to us, we will be happy to review your case.
21) Two special categories are not open to submissions. There
are two special categories not open for submissions: Investigative
reporting and A life in sport. These special categories are decided by
the Jury and will not have finalists: winners will be directly informed
in advance by the president of the Jury. These categories are not
entitled to a money prize. If you want to suggest any names and work
that might fit in the category, you can contact us.
22) Young Reporters under 30 category is optional. If
you are born after January 1, 1992, you have the possibility of
submitting one work in the Young Reporter Under 30 category (split into
Photography, Writing or Broadcasting), but you are not forced to compete
in this category if you do not wish to, opting instead to use your two
submissions in the senior categories. The Jury has the power of
recalling eliminated submissions from the senior categories and placing
them in the Young Reporters category if the entrant is born after 1992.
23) You can make changes in your submissions until deadline. If
you want to change, delete or amend your submission, you’re free to do
it before the submission deadline of November 4. Once the submission
deadline has passed, any missing material will be asked by AIPS Staff
24) Team entries? Here’s important information about works with more than one journalist. In
the event of a team production (ie an audiovisual content) we need one
person to fill the participation form (name, surname, etc), and in the
description field, you can acknowledge the rest of the people involved.
If it is a co-production or an article that was written by two people,
you should write the other names in the description. In Photography,
team entries are not allowed.
25) Registering and submitting process, a quick guide. In order to submit, first, you need to sign up at www.aipsawards.com
and, once you’ve created your own profile, you can log in, then click
on ‘add submission’, select category and sub-category, upload your work
(links or files), add media name, proof of publication, and then submit.
Please notice that each submission requires this process. We will not
accept two submissions sent in the same form. You can make amendments to
your submission once it’s been uploaded, but you can’t change the
category and sub-category. To do so, you will have to delete your
submission and start over.
26) We believe most works can fit into the 8 current categories. If
you have doubts about under which category can you submit, you can
contact us via email or on social media. The Jury can decide to change a
submission into another category if the jurors decide it is more
appropriate there, always notifying the entrant in advance. For more
information, you can check all the categories and requirements here: https://www.aipsawards.com/categories
27) How we will use your material. We
will publish your name and your submission title in the participant's
list. We will only republish your work (with the original links if not
behind paywalls, and watermarks if they are photos) if selected among
the nominees and for promotional reasons only, in the AIPS Media and
AIPS Awards websites and AIPS and AIPS Awards social media accounts. We
will not redistribute any of the material received to third parties, but
we will be happy to pass requests from third parties to the authors
directly, to give them the possibility of republishing their work in
other media and countries.
28) A note about our social media platforms. On
our social media platforms @aipsawards (Twitter, Instagram and
Facebook), we publish announcements (deadline, voting stages, rules,
reminders) and we might contact you to remind you to submit your work
before the deadline or to see if you need any assistance. The @aipsmedia
accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube) publish daily news and
information, including notifications about the Awards, and can also be a
way of communicating with the staff. Following you back from either
@aipsawards or @aipsmedia is under no circumstances an endorsement nor
it represents any advantage.
29) A quick recap, then. The
AIPS Sport Media Awards are accepting all works in any language first
published in or after November 10, 2020, until November 4, 2021. The
final deadline for submitting is November 4, 2021, at 18:00 Central
European Time. All media professionals are invited to participate in any
of the 8 senior categories, or the 3 sub-categories for Young Reporters
under 30, regardless of the working status. After each of the five
voting stages, AIPS will publish the names of the journalists that have
subsequently advanced to the next round, from longlists to shortlists,
then Top 10, Top 3 and the Final Podium, which guarantees prizes from
US$ 2,000 to US$ 8,000 depending on the final position. After the
ceremony, in March 2022, we will also publish the continental rankings
for each category.
30) Have you submitted? Don’t miss out!