Behind the scenes of the AIPS Sport Media Awards: the magic tale of an emotional night
for the Writing - Best Colour Piece on stage. José Ignacio Pérez
Hernández (left) claimed the first prize. (Photo: Carlo Pozzoni)
Erin Fish, AIPS Young Reporter, USA
January 21, 2019 – One behind the other the finalists stood in a single
file line backstage as their category was announced and a video of
their work was displayed in front of a room full sports enthusiasts.
The anticipation was different for everyone.
were awaiting a moment that was an incredible honor to all—winning an
award that is new to the field of sports journalism. The inaugural
edition of the AIPS Sports Media Awards recognizes journalists that have
submitted work from all over the globe and rewards them for the work
they have done.
Riemersma—a finalist in the Photography-Sport Action category—the nerves
did not seem to get to him. He rocked back and forth quickly from
right-foot to left-foot a few times and smiled. Then, he gave a wink
before the stage manager sent the three contestants on stage. Maybe he
had a feeling that his photo, Skating Shadows, would earn the
And if you
are going to place first in the Athlete Profile for Video category how
else would you spend your experience? Well, Diego Hurtado De Mendoza was
filming behind-the-scenes with his trio of filmmakers from the Olympic
Channel minutes before they were called onto the stage.
Armeyaw Anas was recognized by AIPS president Gianni Merlo for a
special award in the topic of Investigative Reporting. A moment of
silence was held for his friend and colleague—Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who
was just killed while doing his job as a journalist. A short, but
powerful speech from Anas followed and most people—including the stage
crew—had chills from the moment.
be a finalist in two different categories is an achievement in itself,
but after Emanuela Audisio received third-place in the category of
Athlete Profile for Video with her creation of Pele’s Last Show, she did
not seem content. She had been the first in line to walk onto the stage
for the category and when the trophy was handed to her, it was almost
as if she felt defeated, but her night was not over.
Italian filmmaker returned backstage five categories later for the
revealing of the winners for the Video- Documentary category. With the
look of excitement washed from her face she removed her glasses and
handed it to a woman backstage asking if she could come get them after.
She walked out to the stage to learn of her fate. “And the winner is…”
well-deserved first place trophy was handed to Audisio for her work on
the compelling documentary of 1968- Sport and Revolution.
finalists received monetary prizes along with their first, second and
third place trophies at the AIPS Sports Media Awards. So while there
were only eight first-place trophies and two special awards handed out,
everyone went home a winner on Monday night in Lausanne, Switzerland.