AIPS Sport Media Awards: The Top 10 finalists

  • December 27, 2018

LAUSANNE, December 27, 2018 – With less than a month to go until the winners are announced at a special ceremony in Lausanne, AIPS is honored to announce the Top 10 finalists of the inaugural edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards.

The first edition of the AIPS Awards received an outstanding total of 1273 submissions from 119 nations around the globe. In submitting their work for consideration for the eight categories, colleagues from across the globe engaged in a dialogue of sporting excellence. Such dialogue is crucial in highlighting the importance of sport media and the need to invest in its culture and independence.

The Top 10 submissions represent the height of sports storytelling in all its forms, with 35 nations and 16 languages represented.

Based on voting from the 11-member AIPS Sport Media Awards jury, the Top 3 finalists in each category will be announced on January 2, 2019.

The Top 3 will be invited to attend the AIPS Sport Media Awards Ceremony to be held at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 21, 2019.

The Top 10 finalists of the AIPS Sport Media Awards are:


ALEXEY FILIPPOV, Fourcade,   Sputnik (Russia)

ANIKO KOVACS, The third hand,   Hungarian Handball Federation (Hungary)

ATUL KAMBLE, Cricket,   Mid-day (India)

DRAGO SOPTA, Vrsaljko sleep,   Croatia Football Federation (Croatia)

IAN MACNICOL, Honey Osrin,   ZIMBO (United Kingdom)

IORI SAGISAWA, Butterfly,   Kyodo News (Japan)

NORBERT SCHMIDT, Mud Fight,   Norbert Schmidt Sports Photo (Germany)

SCOTTY BARBOUR, Rhythmic Gymnastics,   Scotty Barbour (New Zealand)

STEFAN WERMUTH, European Championships Glasgow,   Reuters (Switzerland)

VINCENT RIEMERSMA, Skating Shadows,   PZC (Netherlands)


ADAM PRETTY, Budapest World Swimming Championships,   Getty Images (Germany)

BRIAN CARLIN, The toughest conditions call for the toughest men and women...,   Volvo Ocean Race (Spain)

FRANCK FIFE, Desert,   AFP (France)

ISTVÁN MIRKÓ, Hátsó Füves (Backyard Goals),   Magyar Idők (Hungary)

KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV, No name Games,   AFP (Russia)

MATTHIAS HANGST, 24th European Athletics Championships,   Getty Images (Germany)

PATRICK B. KRAEMER, Aquatics,   Magicpbk/EPA/Keystone (Switzerland)

TIBOR ILLYES, Backlight,   Hungarian News Agency (Hungary)

XU LIU (刘 续), Young gymnasts,   Xinhua news agency (China)

YAN HAN, Sports moment, beautiful, touching,   Xinhua News Agency (United Kingdom)


AKARSH SHARMA, Indian football's age of deceit,   Livemint (India)

DUMITRU GRAUR, Tears of an old commentator,   Sport in Romania (Romania)

FRANCESCO CAREMANI, C’è qualcosa che non va nel giornalismo sportivo (ma c’è futuro) (There's something wrong with sport journalism, but there is hope),   Il Foglio (web) (Italy)

IGOR RABINER, The Athletes or the Slaves? Rabiner Against of Boycotting Olympics,   Sport-Express (Russia)

JOAQUÍN MAROTO, Las escuchas secretas de la Guardia Civil (The secret recordings of the Guardia Civil),   AS (Spain)

JOHANNES NEDO, Der den Ball frisst (Making the ball his own),   Tagesspiegel (Germany)

KOH JINHYOUN, 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the spirit of Ekecheiria,   The Daily Sports Seoul (Korea, Republic Of)

MICHAEL TEGUH ADIPUTRA SIAHAAN, Sepak bola meniti mimpi, berkacalah pada Jerman (Football is dreaming, refer to Germany),   Lembaga Kantor Berita Nasional Antara (Indonesia)

OLIVER BROWN, Gymnast Biles' abuse scandal is lesson unlearned,   The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom)

SERGIO HEREDIA, Bumerán (Boomerang),   La Vanguardia (Spain)


ACHIM DREIS, "Wir helfen ihnen, sie helfen uns" (“We help them and they help us”),   Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) (Germany)

ANTJE WINDMANN, Der Mensch im Trikot,   DER SPIEGEL (Germany)

CHRISTOF GERTSCH, 9.79 / Der gefallene Star (The fallen star),   Das Magazin/Tamedia (Switzerland)

FILIPPO MARIA RICCI, A trip to Liberia into the President's house,   SportWeek/Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy)

JOSÉ IGNACIO PÉREZ HERNÁNDEZ, "Yo jugué al fútbol en Auschwitz" ("I played football in Auschwitz"),   MARCA (Spain)

OLUWASHINA OKELEJI, Victor Moses - the asylum-seeking orphan who conquered the Premier League,   BBC Sports - African Football (Nigeria)

SERGIO HEREDIA, ¿Qué significa Messi? (What does Messi mean?),   La Vanguardia (Spain)

SUSAN NINAN, India's rugby revolution,   ESPN (India)

YIWEI WANG, “叛国”斗士赢回尊重多难? 安贤洙无法掌控的命运 (Exclusive: How Viktor Ahn missed out on his chance for redemption in PyeongChang),   Tencent (China)

ZSUZSA DR. CSISZTU, Egy erős nő - A Strong Woman - portrait about Kati Szabó, former Four Time Gymnastic Olympic Champio,   Presztizs Sport Magazin (Hungary)


ADEL FERDOWSIPOUR, A blind football lover,   90 TV (Iran)

ALAN GOLDING, The Rugby Codebreakers,   BBC Wales (Hoi Polloi Pictures Production) (United Kingdom)

ANIBAL SANTIAGO, El estadio que nunca fue (The stadium that never was),   Imagen Televisión (Mexico)

ANTHONY EDGAR, ONE SHOT - Photographing the Olympic Games,   The Olympic Channel/NBC Sports (Switzerland)

DAN GOLDBERG, The Haka,   Mint Pictures (Australia)

EMANUELA AUDISIO, 1968 - Sport & Revolution,   La7 (Italy)

HANG ZHAO, How do Iceland people train their children to play football,   Tencent Sports (China)

HE ZHU, The Football Roadmap,   CCTV SPORTS ,  CCTV International Network Co. Ltd, Beijing SDT Media Co. Ltd (China)

NAN SHEN, Ten Years on, Beijing 2008 has been delivering positive legacy,   Xinhua News Agency (China)

OMAR BOUDI, Le danger des terrains en gazon synthétique (The danger of artificial grass pitches),   Echorouk TV Algérie (Algeria)

PATRICK SUNG, Strákarnir okkar (Our boys): Iceland and the World Cup, (United Kingdom)

STUART POLLITT, Race and Pace - The West Indians in East Lancashire,   BBC North West (United Kingdom)

VLADIMIR PAJIĆ, 250 stepenika (250 steps),   Sportnetwork / PGM Network (Serbia)


ALJOSCHA PAUSE, Being Mario Götze - A German Football Story,   DAZN (Germany)

ANTHONY AUDUREAU, Ousmane et la lutte enchantée (Ousmane, Sandguine wrestler),   Demain Dakar (France)

BADIH CHAYBAN / MICHAEL LINCH, Under siege in Syria, this gymnast dreams of opening his own gym,   Olympic Channel (Spain / United Kingdom)

DEBOLA ADEBANJO, The 13-Year-Old Nigerian Serena,   BBC (Nigeria)

EMANUELA AUDISIO, Pelé's last show,   Sky Arte Italy (Italy)

DIEGO HURTADO DE MENDOZA / GREG GROGGEL / PETER BERG, The People’s Fighters: Teofilo Stevenson and the Legend of Cuban Boxing,   Olympic Channel (Spain)

MARTIN UNGER, 20 years Hermann Maier,   ORF - Austrian National TV (Austria)

SABER PERZAD, Mona Amini, Afghanistan Women's National Team,   TOLOnews (Afghanistan)

TJ DAVIS, Chris Davenport - Colorado Ski Hall of Fame,   EEF 4K Productions (United States of America)

YOU WU, For Three,   Tencent Sports (China)


AARON KEARNEY, Orchids Bloom,   ABC Radio (Australia)

CARLOS ORDUZ, Las Tres grandes del Ciclismo por Colmundo (Cycling's three greatest races for Colmundo),   Colmundo Radio (Colombia)

DARIO RICCI, Franco Nones: per tutto l'oro ...del fondo (Franco Nones, at walking pace),   Radio24 IlSole24Ore (Italy)

EMILIANO NUNIA, Entrevista Eric Abidal (Interview with Eric Abidal),   Radio Villa Trinidad - Super Deportivo Radio (Argentina)

FRANCI PAVSER, Luka Doncic - Na poti med zvezde (Luka Doncic - Becoming star),   Radio Slovenija (Slovenia)

ISABELLE LANGÉ, La boite a souvenirs de Laurent Blanc (The souvenir box of Laurent Blanc),   RTL (France)

JOSE DAVID ISABEL LOPEZ, Crendes, pioneras del fútbol femenino (Crendes, the pioneers of women's football),   ElEnganche - SpainMediaRadio (Spain)

LEATILE MMUTLE, The sad but inspiring story of Phiona Mutesi,   Duma FM (Botswana)

OLUWASHINA OKELEJI, The Sad Story of Nigeria’s Femi Opabunmi,   BBC World Football (Nigeria)

PIRMIN STYRNOL, Horst Eckel - Für immer ein Held von Bern (Horst Eckel - Forever a hero of Bern),   SWR2 (Germany)

RONNY BLASCHKE, Triumph und Trauer (Triumph and Grief),   Deutschlandfunk Kultur (Germany)

YOUSSOUPH BODIAN, Football Féminin au Sénégal: "Ces filles qui disputent la balle aux garçons" (Women's Football in Senegal: "These girls who play ball with the boys",   Radio Futurs Médias (RFM) Dakar (Senegal)


JAMES M DORSEY, Parallels between Turkish soccer and general elections could prove uncanny,   Middeast Soccer (Singapore)

JUAN CARLOS ROSALES MIELES, Pierre de Haiti a Francia y al mundo (Pierre of Haiti aims from France and the world), (Argentina)


MA DEXING, 我所亲历的这些年精英青少年足球》系列报道 (The Years of Elite Youth Football I Have Experienced"),   Dexingshe-official (China)

MICAELA PISERCHIA, El patín no es cuestión de nenas (Figure skating is not a matter for girls),   Argentina Amateur Deporte (Argentina)

NICK BUTLER, Nick Butler: There is a gap between the values sport has, wants to have and should have, (United Kingdom)

ROBERT LIVINGSTONE, BidWeek: As 2026 Olympic Bid Race Begins To Collapse, IOC Must Stop Talking And Do Something, (Canada)

STEFAN NESTLER, Everest-Ski-Permit – eine Farce! (Everest Ski Permit - a farce!),   Abenteuer Sport - Blog der Deutschen Welle (DW) (Germany)

UBALDO SCANAGATTA, Serena…Ramos aveva ragione! Osaka, che campionessa! (Ramos was right in Serena’s controversy! Osaka, what a champion!), (Italy)

YIN MA, Exclusive! A Wechat log between two legendary women, Lang Ping and Li Yan, highlighting their resiliance,   We Love Volley (China)

* Submissions in each category in alphabetical order of name, not in order of votes

** Categories with more than 10 listed finalists mean that there was a tie in votes and that all are considered to be Top 10 finalists


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