AIPS Sport Media Awards: Top 10 Ranking EUROPE

  • February 02, 2019

Following the unprecedented success of the first edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards, AIPS is honored to share the official ranking of the Top 10 submissions from each continent across 8 categories,  as an acknowledgment of sports media worldwide.
The Awards submissions included an inspiring level of journalistic content from across five continents, culminating in a celebration of storytelling excellence in Lausanne on January 21, 2019.
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 journalism. Such dialogue is crucial in highlighting the importance of our profession and the need to invest in its culture and independence.
Read all about the winners of the inaugural AIPS Sport Media Awards here.
Below are the Top 10 submissions of the AIPS Sport Media Awards from EUROPE across 8 categories, ranked based on the votes of the international Awards jury.

Photography-Sport Action

1. Vincent Riemersma, Skating Shadows, PZC (Netherlands)
2. Alexey Filippov, Fourcade, Sputnik (Russia)
3. Norbert Schmidt, Mud Fight, Norbert Schmidt Sports Photo (Germany)
4. Drago Sopta, Vrsaljko sleep, Croatia Football Federation (Croatia)
5. Ian Macnicol, Honey Osrin, ZIMBO (United Kingdom)
6. Stefan Wermuth, European Championships Glasgow, Reuters (Switzerland)
7. Aniko Kovacs, The third hand, Hungarian Handball Federation (Hungary)
8. Carl Recine, Pile On, BBC (United Kingdom)
9. Luca Bettini, Track European Cycling Championships, penning, BettiniPhoto (Italy)
10. Alexander Hassenstein, Start, Getty Images (Germany)


1. Adam Pretty, Budapest World Swimming Championships, Getty Images (Germany)
2. Patrick B. Kraemer, Aquatics, Magicpbk/EPA/Keystone (Switzerland)
3. Kirill Kudryavtsev, No name Games, AFP (Russia)
4. Matthias Hangst, 24th European Athletics Championships, Getty Images (Germany)
5. Brian Carlin, The toughest conditions call for the toughest men and women..., Volvo Ocean Race (Spain)
6. István Mirkó, Hátsó Füves (Backyard Goals), Magyar Idők (Hungary)
7. Yan Han, Sports moment, beautiful, touching, Xinhua News Agency (United Kingdom)
8. Tibor Illyes, Backlight, Hungarian News Agency (Hungary)
9. Franck Fife, Desert, AFP (France)
10. Alexey Filippov, Pyeong Chang 2018, Sputnik (Russia)


1. Emanuela Audisio, 1968 - Sport & Revolution, 3D Produzioni (Italy)
2. Anthony Edgar, ONE SHOT - Photographing the Olympic Games, The Olympic Channel/NBC Sports (Switzerland)
3. Stuart Pollitt, Race and Pace - The West Indians in East Lancashire, BBC North West (United Kingdom)
4. Alan Golding, The Rugby Codebreakers, BBC Wales (Hoi Polloi Pictures Production) (United Kingdom)
5. Vladimir Pajić, 250 stepenika (250 steps), Sportnetwork / PGM Network (Serbia)
6. Patrick Sung, Strákarnir okkar (Our boys): Iceland and the World Cup, (United Kingdom)
7. Gyula Czinke, The Marvellous Defender - Vitéz Olivér Halassy, GreenScreen Production Inc. (Hungary)
8. Andy May, The Forgotten War, BT Sport (United Kingdom)
9. Jan Pokorny, Ostrava Golden Spike 2018, (Czech Republic)
10. Richard Szentes, Men against Nature, Echo TV (Hungary)

Video-Athlete profile

1. Gregg Groggel / Peter Berg, The People’s Fighters: Teofilo Stevenson and the Legend of Cuban Boxing, Olympic Channel (Spain)
2. Emanuela Audisio, Pelé's last show, 3D Produzioni (Italy)
3. Anthony Audureau, Ousmane et la lutte enchantée (Ousmane, Sandguine wrestler), Demain Dakar (France)
4. Badih Chayban / Michael Linch, Under siege in Syria, this gymnast dreams of opening his own gym, Olympic Channel (Spain / United Kingdom)
5. Martin Unger, 20 years Hermann Maier, ORF - Austrian National TV (Austria)
6. Aljoscha Pause, Being Mario Götze - A German Football Story, DAZN (Germany)
7. Efe Unur, Sepp Blatter, TRT World (Turkey)
8. Elías Israel Garzón, Los ocho apellidos vascos de Julen Lopetegui, Sportyou/20minutos (Spain)
9. Arzu Qulamov, Ertogrul, KAPAZ TV (Azerbaijan)
10. Josef Opfermann, Amanda Reiter: Running against the prejudices, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) (Germany)

Writing-Best Colour Piece

1. José Ignacio Pérez Hernández, "Yo jugué al fútbol en Auschwitz" ("I played football in Auschwitz"), MARCA (Spain)
2. Antje Windmann, Der Mensch im Trikot, DER SPIEGEL (Germany)
3. Christof Gertsc, Mikael Krogerus, 9.79 / Der gefallene Star (The fallen star), Das Magazin/Tamedia (Switzerland)
4. Achim Dreis, "Wir helfen ihnen, sie helfen uns" (“We help them and they help us”), Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) (Germany)
5. Zsuzsa Dr. Csisztu, Egy erős nő - A Strong Woman - portrait about Kati Szabó, former Four Time Gymnastic Olympic Champio, Presztizs Sport Magazin (Hungary)
6. Filippo Maria Ricci, A trip to Liberia into the President's house, SportWeek/Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy)
7. Sergio Heredia, ¿Qué significa Messi? (What does Messi mean?), La Vanguardia (Spain)
8. David Ruiz De La Torre, Las raíces italianas de Messi: En un pueblo italiano, al pie de las montañas... (Messi's Italian roots: in an Italian village, at the foot of the mountains), MARCA (Spain)
9. James Montague, Leading Serbia at World Cup, Nemanja Matic Has One Foot Rooted at Home, New York Times (Serbia)
10. Fritz Neumann, Sexual Abuse in Skiing: 'The Coaches Divided Up the 15- to- 20-Year-Old Girls' ("Sie haben sich die, Der Standard (Austria)

Writing-Best Column

1. Igor Rabiner, The Athletes or the Slaves? Rabiner Against of Boycotting Olympics, Sport-Express (Russia)
2. Oliver Brown, Gymnast Biles' abuse scandal is lesson unlearned, The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom)
3. Dumitru Graur, Tears of an old commentator, Sport in Romania (Romania)
4. Johannes Nedo, Der den Ball frisst (Making the ball his own), Tagesspiegel (Germany)
5. 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)
6. Sergio Heredia, Bumerán (Boomerang), La Vanguardia (Spain)
7. Joaquín Maroto, Las escuchas secretas de la Guardia Civil (The secret recordings of the Guardia Civil), AS (Spain)
8. Motez Bishara, NFL players learning how not to go broke -- with the help of MBAs, CNN (United Kingdom)
9. Jean-Michel Brochen, Ombre et lumiere (Shadow and light), Le Magazine l'Equipe (France)
10. Gergely Csurka, En edes Katinkam (My sweet Katinka), Nemzeti Sport (Switzerland)


1. Pirmin Styrnol, Jürgen Schmidt, Horst Eckel - Für immer ein Held von Bern (Horst Eckel - Forever a hero of Bern), SWR2 (Germany)
2. Dario Ricci, Franco Nones: per tutto l'oro ...del fondo (Franco Nones, at walking pace), Radio24 IlSole24Ore (Italy)
3. Franci Pavser, Luka Doncic - Na poti med zvezde (Luka Doncic - Becoming star), Radio Slovenija (Slovenia)
4. Ronny Blaschke, Triumph und Trauer (Triumph and Grief), Deutschlandfunk Kultur (Germany)
5. Isabelle Langé, La boite a souvenirs de Laurent Blanc (The souvenir box of Laurent Blanc), RTL (France)
6. Jose David Isabel Lopez, Crendes, pioneras del fútbol femenino (Crendes, the pioneers of women's football), ElEnganche - SpainMediaRadio (Spain)
7. Jonathan Rowe, The coach, The Cycling Podcast (United Kingdom)
8. Fernando Evangelio Beamud, This is Fútbol Especial Mundial 2018, Cadena Cope (Spain)
9. Ronald Mcintosh, Ronald McIntosh Audio Showreel, demonstrating storytelling through broadcast commentary and reportin, BT Sport, Showtime, IAAF, ITV, IMG, BBC (United Kingdom)
10. Dario Ricci, Più veloci della luce: Simone e Ivan Origone, i fratelli-jet, Radio24-IlSole24Ore (Italy)
10. Matthias Steiner, Die Rollstuhl Basketball Weltmeisterschaft, ARD Radio / Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Germany)
10. Slavko Jeric, The Story of Goran Dragic: From Footballer to Basketball Star, RTV Slovenija (Slovenia)


1. Nick Butler, Nick Butler: There is a gap between the values sport has, wants to have and should have, (United Kingdom)
2. Ubaldo Scanagatta, Serena…Ramos aveva ragione! Osaka, che campionessa! (Ramos was right in Serena’s controversy! Osaka, what a champion!), (Italy)
3. Stefan Nestler, Everest-Ski-Permit – eine Farce! (Everest Ski Permit - a farce!), Abenteuer Sport - Blog der Deutschen Welle (DW) (Germany)
4. Lucian Oprea, Tenis Total: Simona Halep, Campioana La Roland Garros (Total Tennis: Simona Halep, Roland Garros Champion), Lucianopreasport (Romania)
5. Miriam Terruzzi, Spirito del Lupo (Spirit of the Wolf), E mi alzo sui pedali (Italy)
6. Anastasia Solovyeva, Золото севера. Обзор полётного чемпионата мира в Оберстдорфе (The Gold of the North. Overview of the FIS Ski FlightWorld Championships in Oberstdorf), Sportsru (Russia)
8. Vasily Konov, Футбол на краю света (Football on the edge of the world), R-Sport (Russia)
9. Miriam Terruzzi, A voce alta, a occhi chiusi, E mi alzo sui pedali (Italy)
10. Daniel Etchells, Esports' debut at Ashgabat 2017 marks new chapter for AIMAG, and perhaps sport as we know it, (United Kingdom)
10. Liam Morgan, esports should be nowhere near the Olympics but it is too late because the train has already left th, (United Kingdom)

Note: In cases where certain submissions received an equal amount of votes, the submissions in question received the same ranking


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