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40 days to submit, 40 facts about the AIPS Sport Media Awards

Just 40 days to submit your work for the AIPS Sport Media Awards. Have you visited aipswards.com?
by Martin Mazur
Forty days to go! Are you prepared? Have you submitted your work? September 17 is the deadline for sending your submissions for the upcoming AIPS Sport Media Awards. Journalists and photographers from more than 50 countries are already participating. With the -40 ticking, here is a brief explanation of the Awards. In 40 steps.

1) Submission is completely free. Just sign up at www.aipsawards.com and submit your work.

2) Everyone can send up to two submissions across all categories.

3) Promotion of the AIPS Sport Media Awards started in Pyeongchang, for the Winter Olympics 2018, and continued in South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

4) The AIPS staff is currently promoting the AIPS Sport Media Awards in Glasgow (European Swimming Championships) and Berlin (European Athletics Championships). Promotion includes brochures in three different languages and information. If you are covering these events, don't hesitate to contact us!

5) In order to submit your work journalists and photographers are required to sign up and create a profile at www.aipsawards.com, which is as easy as signing up for an email account.

6) There’s a total of US$ 104,000 for all the finalists.

7) The winners of each category (or subcategory, where applicable) will be entitled to a money prize of US$ 8,000. Second-placed will earn US$ 3,000. The third-placed will be rewarded with US$ 2,000.

8) The final gala will take in Lausanne, Switzerland, on January 2019.

9) There is time to submit until September 17, 2018. All works need to have been published between July 1, 2017, and September 17, 2018.

10) Categories are divided between Writing, Photography, Audio, Video and Weblogs.

11) Writing has two subcategories: Best Column and Best Colour Piece. Best Column: a piece that best demonstrates relevance, knowledge and authority in the field of sport writing. Best Colour Piece: a piece that best captures the emotion and sense of occasion in and around the sporting world.

12) Photography has two subcategories: Best Action Picture (1 photo) and Portfolio (3, 4 or 5 photos). The portfolio entries may be from the same sport or same event, or from different events and different sports.

13) Video has two subcategories: Athlete profile and Documentary. Athlete profile: a video that portrays a captivating, in-depth image of an athlete. Documentary: a video that tells a compelling and revealing story about any aspect of the sport world.

14) Audio category is open for submissions from radio, podcasts, or just the audio file taken from audiovisual platforms (video, TV).

15) Sport blogs can compete in their own category. The capacity of building a community and engaging readers will be taken into account, but each blog needs to submit at least one entry.

16) There are two special categories not open for submissions: Investigative reporting and A life in sport. These special categories will not have finalists: winners will be directly informed in advance by the jury. These categories are not entitled to a money prize.

17) A jury of 10 relevant members of the sport media industry, plus AIPS president Gianni Merlo, will select the three finalists for each category or subcategory.


The main categories - there's equal opportunities for everybody.


18) "The launch of the first edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards has without a shadow of a doubt been the most valuable and important initiative this year. At these times of crisis, cultural investment in the future is absolutely fundamental. Quality journalism will always survive and even prosper, serving as a guarantee for the future. The creation of the AIPS Sport Media Awards is a step in that direction," said AIPS Gianni Merlo after the successful launch during the Winter Olympics Games in PyeongChang.

19) All finalists will be announced by AIPS in advance. They will have to be present in Lausanne, in January 2019, in order to claim the prize.

20) For those selected as finalists, transport and accommodation to the final gala in Lausanne will be fully covered by AIPS.

21) There is no obligation to be an AIPS member to participate. However, all submissions need to be from one of the 160 countries that are part of the AIPS network. You can check the full list of countries in the AIPS website.

22) Proof of publication is needed when submitting your work. It can be a link or a PDF, MP4 or audio file, depending on the category.

23) The AIPS Sport Media Awards are a celebration of sports media excellence, representing a new, inspiring horizon for sports journalists across the world.

24) The AIPS Sport Media Awards are present on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with dedicated accounts. Please follow @aipsawards for interesting content, reminders and advice.

25) Our hashtag is #SportMediaExcellence. The Awards social media accounts will be celebrating those professionals who continue to produce the best, most creative content worldwide.

26) To understand how the world of journalism is evolving, we have been proposing a series of contents called Deconstructing the Profession, to be shared across all platforms.

27) Media Tribune, Game Changers, Editor Speaking and Media Trends are part of the Deconstructing the Profession package. By sharing these kind of stories, we look forward to celebrate Sport Media Excellence not just once a year in a fancy gala, but every day.

28) The rules and details of the Awards are available in the website in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian.


The website has already received submissions from journalists of more than 50 countries.


29) Journalists from across the globe have embraced the Awards from the beginning.

30) "To see something like this, a festival focused on sport storytelling, is great. It will be a reunion, an opportunity to see what other people from different countries are doing, and also trigger some multiple sights about a subject or a character," said Christian Remoli, founder of Koala Contenidos, a specialist in audiovisual productions.

31) "We don't often have the opportunity to participate in awards, let alone in a worldwide competition. Now I will have the task of reviewing my work and choosing two to apply. It will not be easy, but it is a good exercise," said Carlos Vicente, from Prensa Libre (Guatemala).

32) The creation of the AIPS Sport Media Awards is yet another step in the constant evolution of AIPS, whose first Congress was held in 1924 on the eve of Paris 1924 Olympic Games.

33) The AIPS is the body that represents international sports media from websites, newspapers, radio and TV across all continents. There are currently 9,000 AIPS members worldwide.

34) The Jury will base its deliberations on nominations put forward by the AIPS Executive Committee and select the three finalists of each category, that will be invited to Lausanne in January 2019.

35) The AIPS is the body that represents international sports media from websites, newspapers, radio and TV across all continents. There are currently 9,000 AIPS members worldwide.

36) You can always contact us if you have any queries regarding submissions, rules and doubts. Please drop us a line at info@aipsawards.com

37) Remember, September 17 is the deadline. Forty days to go! The clock is ticking...

38) Choose your best work since July 1st, 2017. Or publish it before September 17 in order to submit it.

39) Visit www.aipsawards.com, register and submit it. The rest of the work is on us!

40) And follow us on social media: @aipsawards is who we are!

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