INN Journalism Awards Calendar
The Institute for Nonprofit News has made it easier for newsrooms to know what journalism awards are out there and what their deadlines are. To make these awards more organized and accessible, they created a public journalism awards Google Calendar. For those who don't use Google Calendar, all awards will be posted on the INN.org industry calendar. Read more about why, and how it works, here.
AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards
The American Association for the Advancement of Science awards recognize outstanding reporting for a general audience and honor individuals (rather than institutions, publishers or employers) for their coverage of the sciences, engineering and mathematics (excluding health and clinical medicine). Winners are selected based on scientific accuracy, initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation and value in fostering a better understanding of science by the public. Work must be published or broadcast in media outlets (worldwide). Categories: Large Newspaper, Small Newspaper, Magazine, Television — Spot News/Feature Reporting, Television — In-depth Reporting, Radio, and Online. The Children's Science News category is open to journalists worldwide, for work distributed via any medium. Entries may include stories on life, physical and social sciences; engineering and mathematics; and policy issues that are grounded in science or technology. Entries should be intended for general, nontechnical audiences. In each category, there are two awards: Gold, with a prize of $5,000, and Silver, with a prize of $3,500. Sponsored by The Kavli Foundation.
Deadline: Aug 1 annually
AAJA National Journalism Awards
The Asian American Journalists Association's National Journalism Awards, established in 1989, recognize and encourage excellence among journalists and outstanding coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues. The category of Unlimited Subject Matter recognizes professional journalists and AAJA members. The category of Asian American and Pacific Islander Issues recognizes professional journalists covering the AAPI community. These awards demonstrate the ability of journalists — AAPI and otherwise — to cover the news with authority, sensitivity, insight and an eye towards diversity.
Deadline: Mar 17, 2019
African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards
The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) seeks submissions from professional African journalists for the 4th Edition of the awards. Theme is "Changing the narrative on environmental challenges in Africa: the case of pollution." Cash prizes plus, for the overall winner, a sponsored trip to Poland for the UN Climate Change Conference this December.
Deadline: Aug 5, 2018
AIP Science Communication Awards
The American Institute of Physics rewards excellent science communication in print, online and broadcast media which is intended for and improves the general public's appreciation of physics, astronomy, math and related science fields. Winning author receives $3,000, an engraved Windsor Chair, and certificate of recognition. Publisher receives a certificate honoring the publication in which the work appeared. AIP pays the winning author's travel expenses to receive the award.
Deadline: Mar 29, 2019
The Alexia Grants
Since 1991, the Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice. Production grants are awarded to students (grant amount varies) and professional photographers ($20,000) to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities. Categories include environment/disaster, agriculture, health and more.
Deadline: Sep 30, 2019
Amnesty International Canada Media Awards
Amnesty International Canada recognizes journalists for excellence in covering human rights stories. The awards are presented annually in memory of John Humphrey, principal author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and are given in multiple categories, including two student categories (secondary and post-secondary).
Deadline: Jan 15, 2020
Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism
The Aronson Awards honor original, written English-language reporting from the U.S. media that brings to light widespread injustices, their human consequences, underlying causes, and possible reforms. This includes but is not limited to: discrimination, exploitation, violations of human rights or civil liberties, and environmental degradation. Stories should have appeared in U.S. newspapers, magazines, newsletters or online publications between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the year prior to the contest. The Aronson Awards also include a companion Cartooning with a Conscience award. Entry fees apply. Winners receive a plaque at a public awards ceremony.
Deadline: Mar 18, 2019
Asian Environmental Journalism Awards
The Singapore Environment Council's Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (AEJA) aim to recognise and reward excellence in environmental journalism by all individuals, across the region. From passionate citizen journalists, to outstanding professional journalists, to the environmental attitudes of overall media organisations, the AEJA highlight exceptional journalistic work, and encourage continued high-quality coverage of environmental issues in Asia.
Jan 12, 2018 extended to Mar 31.
ASJA Annual Writing Awards
The American Society of Journalists and Authors annually recognizes distinguished achievements in articles and books with a series of awards, which are presented at the annual ASJA Writers Conference. Most are limited to the ASJA membership; however, two awards are open to the public: The Arlene Awards for Work that Makes a Difference and the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Reporting (both with cash prizes). Entry fees apply.
Deadline: Feb 1, 2019
Back From the Brink Film and Photography Competition (U.K.)
This competition, developed in partnership with Wildscreen, the charity behind the biennial Wildscreen Festival, seeks innovative films and inspiring images that entertain, raise awareness or celebrate the beauty of U.K. wildlife and landscapes. There are eight film categories, including a Young Person’s Award (6 and 18 years old); a Presenter Award for those who want step in front of the camera; and an Innovation Award encouraging creative new approaches to create and present stories about our natural world.
Deadline: Aug 30, 2019
Banff Mountain Book Competition
As a key program of the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, the Book Competition is an internationally recognized literary competition that celebrates mountain literature in all its forms. Over $16,000 in cash is awarded annually with eight awards selected by an international jury of writers, adventurers and editors.
Deadline: Jun 28, 2019
Banff Mountain Film Competition
The Banff Mountain Film Festival, presented by National Geographic and The North Face, provides you the opportunity to meet other filmmakers to exchange ideas and collaborate, and a chance to have your film included in the Festival's World Tour. Over $40,000CAD in cash and prizes.
Deadline: Aug 1, 2019
Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition
This competition showcases the best in mountain-themed photo essays, recognizing the best stories told through a series of still images. Stories should illustrate mountain culture, adventure, wildlife, sport, environment or natural history. $2,000CAD grand prize.
Deadline: May 1, 2019
Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism
Awarded by the New York Public Library to the author(s) of outstanding, full-length books resulting from print, broadcast, or electronic journalism that impacts public consciousness and policy around an important current issue. Winner receives a $15,000 prize. Book must be scheduled for original publication between January 1 and December 31. Books may be nominated by publishers, agents, or journalists and must be accompanied by the nomination form available online. Books may not be nominated by their authors.
Deadline: Aug 30, 2019
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival premiers non-fiction film in the American West. Screenings take place annually in February in Missoula, Montana. The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres, subject matter, lengths and production dates. World and U.S. premiers, classics, rare and experimental works will be shown during the festival. Awards and cash prizes will be given in multiple categories. There are reduced entry fees for entries received by the early and regular deadlines.
Deadlines: Jun 28 (early); Aug 30 (regular); Oct 4, 2019 (final)
Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism
The Worth Bingham Prize, administered by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, honors investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served. These stories may involve state, local or national government, lobbyists or the press itself wherever there exists that "atmosphere of easy tolerance" that Worth Bingham himself once described in his reporting on the nation's capital. The investigative reporting may cover actual violations of the law, rule or code; lax or ineffective administration or enforcement; or activities which create conflicts of interest, entail excessive secrecy or otherwise raise questions of propriety. Submissions must have been published in a U.S. newspaper or magazine or on the newspaper or magazine’s Web site during the previous calendar year. Web-based news organizations that follow a strict code of journalistic ethics and publish original reporting on a regular basis may also submit entries. No broadcast-only entries are allowed. The prize is $20,000 and is presented in Spring at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.
Deadline: Jan 17, 2020
Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication
New in 2019, the BBVA Foundation of Spain's award will recognize the work of professionals in any country that have contributed exceptionally to improving public understanding and awareness of ecological issues. Open to contributions in any aspect of environmental communication, especially in the areas of biodiversity conservation and climate change, characterized by a particularly innovative approach. Cash prize of 100,000 euros.
Deadline: May 30, 2019
Burtynsky Photo Grant
Renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant — a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook. It is for photo-based artists and photographers who are at the advanced stages of developing a cohesive, rigorous body of work presented in book form.
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program
The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States, The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program, was created in February 1990 by an executive agreement between Canada and the United States. Since that time, hundreds of scholars have participated in the Program's reciprocal educational exchanges to lecture, research or study. The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program oversees Canada's relationship with the worldwide Fulbright Program. Numerous awards are available for Canadian and American citizens. Deadlines for American applicants vary by program. Visit website for full details.
Deadline: Nov 15 annually for Canadian applicants
Canada’s National Eco-Journalism Competition for Youth
This competition is part of Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) — an international program by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). YRE is a global network of youth, ages 11-18, writing about, videoing and taking photos of environmental problems and solutions in their communities. In Canada, the national coordinator is EcoSchools Canada. Members' articles and photos are eligible for the annual international award. National coordinators set the award deadline for their country, and submit their national selection of articles and photos to the YRE International Coordination. Winners have the chance to be published by Alternatives Journal Magazine and ENVMedia.
Deadline: Mar 1, 2020 (Canada)
Canadian Association of Journalists Annual Awards
CAJ recognizes outstanding Canadian reporting — with a particular focus on investigative work. Cash prizes are offered in several categories, including photojournalism. Winners of the CAJ awards are announced at the CAJ's annual conference in spring.
Deadline: Jan 14, 2019
Arthur L. Carter Reporting Award
The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University offers annually The Reporting Award, a grant to support a significant work of journalism in any medium on an under-reported topic in the public interest. Ineligible to apply are NYU affiliates, NYU graduates with degrees dated three years prior and thereafter, and journalists holding staff positions at established media outlets that are in a position to fund such projects on their own. The institute will select up to two winners of the Reporting Award. The total award comprises $2,500 on announcement of the winning proposal and up to an additional $10,000 on completion of the project. See website for details.
Deadline: Feb 19, 2019
John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism
This $50,000 award is presented annually to a reporter with courage and integrity for cumulative professional accomplishments. The prize honors the legacy of pioneering television correspondent and longtime NBC News anchor John Chancellor. To be entered for consideration, journalists must be nominated.
Deadline: Apr 19, 2019
CJFE Journalism Awards
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) offers the following annual awards: 1) the International Press Freedom Award recognizes the courage and determination with which journalists overcome regularly-faced obstacles in order to get the news out; 2) the Arnold Amber Award for Investigative Journalism celebrates a journalist, investigative researcher or media worker who has made a significant contribution to advancing investigative public interest reporting in Canada; and 3) the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award (named for the Canadian journalist and editor of the Vancouver-based Indo-Canadian Times who was assassinated in November 1998) is given to a Canadian journalist who, through his or her work, has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of freedom of the press in Canada or elsewhere. Cash prizes.
Deadline: May 30 annually
CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management showcases the very best in environmental photography highlighting impacts on the Earth by humans. Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019 receives a £2,000 cash prize; Young Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019 (under 21) receives brand new camera equipment.
Jun 30, 2019 extended to Jul 17
Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists
This Award is intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any field of science. The award is limited to non-technical, print and online journalism only. The winner will receive $1,000 and expenses to attend the annual World Conference of Science Journalists in October. Science writing includes, but is not limited to, writing in the biological, physical, environmental, computer, and space sciences, along with technology, mathematics, health, and science policy. Applicants must be age 30 or younger.
Deadline: Jun 30 annually
John M. Collier Award for Forest History Journalism
Sponsored by the Forest History Society, the Award annually recognizes the author of the best article or series of articles on forest and conservation history. Authors, editors, and the general public may submit any article that fits the award criteria. The award is open to any newspaper or general circulation magazine; professional or freelance journalist in North America; print or online. $1,000 prize plus either a visit to the Forest History Society Library and Archives or presentation of the award plaque at a mutually agreed upon meeting or convention.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma
The Dart Awards recognize exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events on individuals, families or communities, focusing on the experience of victims and survivors, and contributing to public understanding of trauma-related issues. Open to North American newspaper, magazine, online, radio, television, video and multimedia journalism that goes beyond the ordinary in reporting on trauma. Two awards of $5,000 will be awarded to winning reporting teams for division among those who contributed to the winning entry.
Deadline: Jan 30, 2019
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting
Presented by the Better Government Association with the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Awards recognize the best in government-related investigative reporting from across the Midwest region, defined as Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan. Judged by a rotating panel of journalists and media educators, the awards highlight the impact of investigative reports as a reform tool within the context of state and local government waste, fraud and corruption. Not only will investigative techniques be considered in the selection, but the winning entry will have made significant contributions to the public education on issues of government corruption as well as resulting in reforms or criminal proceedings. The contest is open to newspaper, television, radio, web reports and political cartoons.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
The duPont-Columbia Awards have recognized excellence in multiple categories of broadcast journalism since their inception in 1942. Created by Jessie Ball duPont as a tribute to the journalistic integrity and public-mindedness of her husband, Alfred I. duPont, these awards are now regarded as the most prestigious prizes in television and radio news, the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes, which are also administered at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Programs must have aired for the first time in the United States.
Deadline: July 1, 2019
The Ellie Awards (ASME's National Magazine Awards) honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy enterprise and imaginative design. Sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Finalists in each of more than 20 categories receive certificates of recognition. The winner in each category receives a reproduction of Alexander Calder’s stabile “Elephant,” the symbol of the awards since 1970. Entry fees apply.
Deadlines: Nov 12, 2019 for content published before Nov 1; Dec 10, 2019 for content published after Nov 1.
Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling
This annual award honors an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people's voices and improve their well-being. Winner receives a $5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project. In a special study tour organized by International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the winner will spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and share knowledge, as well as two weeks interning at The Economist in London.
Deadline: Dec 15, 2019
Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia
The annual "Oz Prize" honors the late Osborn Elliott, a legendary journalist and longtime Newsweek editor. The $10,000 prize is awarded to a writer or team of writers who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia during the calendar year. Evaluation criteria include impact of the work, its originality, creativity, depth of research and educational value in informing the public about Asia.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
Fetisov Journalism Awards
These new awards, founded by Russian philanthropist Gleb Fetisov, aim to promote universal human values through the example of outstanding journalists from all over the world as their dedicated service and commitment contribute to changing the world for the better. Three winners in each category (including one for environmental journalism) share a cash prize of CHF 130,000 (approx US$132,600).
Deadline for nominations: Oct 1, 2019
Food Sustainability Media Award
Launched by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, this award aims to recognise the work of professional journalists and emerging talent from all over the world for excellence in reporting and communicating issues related to food security, sustainability, agriculture and nutrition. Cash and other prizes for published and unpublished work in two categories.
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) Services and Grants
Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) helps independent journalists by providing two services: a complimentary Editorial Consultancy and a Virtual Newsroom. Services and grants of up to $12,500 are provided to assist freelance reporters working on investigative stories.
Deadline: Jun 12, 2019
Fulbright Scholar Program
Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the Fulbright Scholar Program awards grants to professional journalists and academics (among others) to lecture, conduct research or do both in countries across the globe. Eligible fields in the Traditional Program include, but are not limited to, environmental science, peace and conflict resolution, public/global health and urban planning. Grants range from two months to an academic year or longer in the Traditional Scholar Program. The Senior Specialists Program offers short-term consulting grants, ranging from two to six weeks (some lecturing experience is required for the Senior Specialists program.) Some countries require foreign language skills but most lecturing assignments are in English. Applications accepted year-round for the Senior Specialists Program. The details, eligibility requirements and application materials are available by phone, email, or at the website. Note: for the traditional program, if you don't see an award that suits your background or needs, there's a "create your own award" option that allows you to propose your own lecturing or research projects and institutional affiliations.
Deadline: Sep 16, 2019 for Traditional
Fund for Investigative Journalism
The Fund for Investigative Journalism awards grants, averaging $5,000, three or four times per year to freelance or independent journalists who need support for travel and other reporting expenses. Proposals should break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public and private sectors. The Fund accepts applications for projects on domestic and international issues. Applications from ethnic media are strongly encouraged. Note: The maximum grant is $10,000, and successful grantees may be eligible for a Scripps Howard Foundation mentorship.
Deadlines: Feb 3, 2020 (Winter cycle); more TBA.
Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Story Proposals
In These Times' Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting invites journalists to submit story proposals for consideration for funding by the Institute and subsequent publication in In These Times — a national, independent progressive magazine. The Institute provides financial and editorial support to journalists undertaking major investigative reporting projects that align with In These Times’ mission of advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.
Deadline: Apr 29, 2019
Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public
To recognize, encourage and stimulate outstanding reporting directly to the public, which materially increases the public's knowledge and understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields. Work may have been disseminated through the press, radio, television, films, the lecture platform, books, or pamphlets for the lay public. Applications must include formal nomination and optional support forms, publications and patent list, and biographical sketch or curriculum vitae. Winner receives $5,000, a medallion with a presentation box, and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. The medallion will be presented during the award address.
Deadline: Nov 1 annually
Hillman Prize Canada
The Sidney Hillman Foundation awards the Canadian Hillman Prize honouring excellence in journalism in service of the common good. Eligible entries include reporting in newspapers, magazines, and online, as well as film and broadcast journalism (television and radio), photojournalism, and multimedia. The contest is open to journalists and subjects globally, although the content must have been published in Canada. The winner will be awarded travel to receive a certificate and a $5,000 prize at a reception in Toronto. The winner will also get to travel to New York City to participate in the U.S. awards ceremony. The Canadian winner will be listed among all Hillman Prize winners on the Hillman Foundation website.
Deadline: Jan 15, 2019
Hillman Prizes in Journalism
Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation awards the annual Hillman prizes, honoring journalism that fosters social and economic justice. The categories include books (non-fiction), newspaper, magazine, web, opinion/analysis, and broadcast journalism (includes television and radio), and photojournalism. Authors, editors, reporters, producers and photo editors are urged to submit nominations. The contest is open to journalists and subjects globally, although work must be published in the U.S. Each winner is awarded travel to New York City to receive a certificate and $5,000 prize. The Hillman Foundation also awards the The Sidney, given monthly for an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism.
Deadline: Jan 30, 2019
The Hostwriter Prize
The Hostwriter Prize for collaborative research is designed to award exemplary collaborative journalism. One award is for a work already published and the other is for a brilliant pitch. In 2014, a freelance network of environmental journalists won the prize. Journalists from all media are eligible. Cash prizes.
Deadline: Oct 31, 2019
Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism
The USC Annenberg School of Journalism launched in 2009 the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, offering grants of between $2,500 and $10,000 annually to as many as 10 print, broadcast and new media journalists. The grants support ambitious investigative or explanatory journalism projects on community health and health policy. Joint projects between mainstream and ethnic/community media are encouraged. The Hunt Fund will support projects that examine the effects on a community's health of a specific factor or confluence of factors, such as poverty, health disparities, pollution, violence, land use, urban development, access to health resources and access to healthy food. Grant recipients also are automatically awarded acceptance in the one-week National Fellowships of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships in Los Angeles.
Deadline: Mar 22, 2019
IJNR Field Reporting Awards
The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources annually offers grants to help defray the costs of reporting projects that focus on natural resources, the environment, energy, development, agriculture, environmental justice and public health: Environmental Justice Reporting Award, Guerry Beam Memorial Award, Andrew Weegar Memorial Award and the Frank Allen Field Reporting Award. Journalists of color and other underrepresented or minority journalists are strongly encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
The Imagely Fund
This annual fund is offering two $5,000 grants in 2019 — one each for a humanitarian and an environmental photography project. Open to professional or emerging photographers from any country, worldwide. Must be over 21 years of age with a proven ability to produce outstanding imagery and coherent photo essays, as well as the background necessary to carry out the proposed project.
Deadline: Jul 31, 2019
The annual contest of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. recognizes the best investigative reporting in numerous categories by print, broadcast and online media. Work must have been published or aired in the previous calendar year.
Deadline: Jan 11, 2019
IWMF Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists
This funding initiative enables the International Women’s Media Foundation to dramatically expand its support of women journalists reporting on issues of global importance that are typically under-reported. Funding rounds open for applications in January and June of each year.
Deadlines: Round 1 —
Feb 25, 2019 extended to Mar 9; round 2 — Sep 5.
IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards
The International Women's Media Foundation celebrates the achievements of women journalists worldwide, who put themselves at risk to give us a window into critical global issues. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress. Open to full-time or freelance women reporters, writers, editors, photographers or producers working in any country and of any nationality.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
IWMF Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award
This award honors Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan in 2014. It celebrates women photojournalists whose work inspires us to take action and better understand the world. $20,000 cash prize and work showcased at the 2018 World Press Photo Festival for Visual Journalism. Open to full-time women photojournalists of any nationality. Apply yourself or submit a nomination.
Deadline: Mar 1, 2019
IWMF Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories
Twice yearly, the International Women’s Media Foundation offers grants supporting journalism produced by and about women. The grants, averaging $5,000 USD, are awarded to cover reporting-related costs including travel (flights, ground transportation, drivers), logistics, visa fees, post-production costs, and payment for fixers/translators. Open to professional journalists with three or more years' experience.
Deadline: Apr 21, 2019
JournalismFund.eu's Other Journalism Grants
This website offers an overview of organizations, institutions and funds that award research grants for investigative journalism including written, photo and documentaries, for minorities, young journalists and more.
Knight News Challenge
The News Challenge is part of Knight Foundation’s $100 million plus Media Innovation Initiative, which seeks new ways to meet community information needs in the digital age. Since 2007 Knight Foundation has reviewed more than 10,000 News Challenge applications and provided more than $50 million in funding to 190 projects. Check the website for current competition information.
Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism
Established in 2005, this environmental journalism award honoring James V. Risser, director emeritus of the Knight Fellowships program at Stanford University, is sponsored by Stanford's Knight Fellowships and the Center for the American West. Journalists working for U.S., Canadian or Mexican newspapers, magazine, broadcast organizations (including cable) or online sites accessible to the general public are eligible to apply, as are freelancers. The prize carries an award of $5,000 and will be awarded for work done in the previous calendar year. The winner will participate in an awards event that includes a public symposium with journalists, academics and others about pressing Western environmental issues. The prize was established in recognition of Risser's outstanding journalism career and his leadership of the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists from 1985 until his retirement in 2000. Risser is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who "distinguished himself as an investigative reporter, an environmental reporter and as a leader in efforts to improve the quality of modern journalism."
Deadline: 2019 — The Prize is currently suspended, pending a review and upcoming programmatic changes. Visit the website to sign up for info.
The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists
The Livingston Awards for excellence by professionals under the age of 35 are the largest all-media, general reporting prizes in American journalism. They are also unusual in judging print, broadcast and online entries against one another, a practice of increasing interest as technology blurs traditional distinctions between rival branches of the profession. Three $10,000 prizes are awarded for local, national and international reporting.
Deadline: Feb 1, 2020
The Victor K. McElheny Award
Launched in Dec 2018 by the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this award honors local and regional reporting on science, public-health, technology or environmental issues. The single award is $5000, plus a trip to Cambridge, MA for the Cambridge Science Festival. There is no entry fee.
Deadline: Jan 31, 2020
The Mirror Awards
The Mirror Awards honor excellence in media industry reporting. Established by Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the awards honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public's benefit.
Deadline: Feb 3, 2019
Mountain West Travel Grants
The Solutions Journalism Network offers travel grants of up to $750 to journalists and news organizations based in the Mountain West (Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico) to report on solutions outside their own community. Open to journalists on staff at a Mountain West newsroom or freelancers with a written commitment from an editor.
Deadline: rolling basis
NABJ's Salute to Excellence National Media Awards
In 2003, an environment category (including medical or health stories) was added to the National Association of Black Journalists' Salute to Excellence Award Program. This was created as part of the diversity grant project collaboration between SEJ and minority j-groups. NABJ awards prizes for journalism that best covers the black experience or addressed issues affecting the worldwide black community. Open to all media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and/or online journalism media. Submissions must cover people or issues of the African/African American Diaspora. Work must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous calendar year.
Deadline: Apr 30, 2019
NAJA Media Awards
The Native American Journalists Association presents annually the NAJA Media Awards, a unique competition celebrating the quality and professional work done by Native journalists. General media awards are for Native-owned media or those at least 50 percent Native-owned, managed or controlled. Individual entrants must be voting members of NAJA, except in categories specifically aimed at non-Native individual journalists. In those cases, non-Native entrants must be associate members of NAJA. Open to journalists throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Entries must have been published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. Contest rules, entry form and media categories (including environmental journalism) are available at the web link provided.
Deadline: Apr 19, 2019
Lorenzo Natali Media Prize
Since 1992, the European Commission's Natali Prize recognizes excellence in reporting on development issues, inequality, human rights, and poverty eradication. The winner in each of three categories will receive €10,000. The winner of the Best Emerging Journalist Prize category will also be offered a work experience with a media partner. Open to entries published in print or online, or broadcasted (radio or television).
Deadline: Apr 14, 2019
National Academies Communication Awards
The National Academies annually honor individuals with its Communication Awards for excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering and/or medicine to the general public. Each winner receives a $20,000 prize for their outstanding work. The Communication Awards are one component of the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative. Open to authors, journalists, and producers who have demonstrated excellence in communicating these topics through print, Internet, radio, or television. The awards are given to individuals in four categories: book author; newspaper or magazine journalist; online journalist; and film, TV, or radio correspondent or producer. The winners of the National Academies Communication Awards are honored during the annual fall Keck Futures Conference. The winners will speak about their work and participate in a panel discussion, as well as attend the full conference to continue communication with researchers and scientists alike. The Academies will pay travel expenses for the winners to attend the conference. See website for details and eligibility.
Deadline: Feb 8, 2019
National Geographic Grants Program
The National Geographic Society offers three funding opportunities for projects in conservation, education, research, storytelling or technology: Early Career Grants (offer less experienced individuals with exceptional ideas an opportunity to lead a project), Exploration Grants (support experienced project leaders who have demonstrated successful completion of similar projects) and Requests for Proposals (concentrate on making an impact on key issues).
2020 Deadlines: Early career: Apr 22; Exploration: Jan 15, Apr 22, more TBA; RFP: varies by topic
National Press Foundation
The National Press Foundation presents several awards to journalists and helps administer journalism awards presented by other organizations. NPF awards accomplishments in broadcasting, print and online journalism, as well as editorial cartoons. The awards have different criteria. Some invite journalists to submit their work for judging, while others do not. Cash prizes.
Deadline: Sep 20 or 27, 2019
John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism
Award is given annually for print, radio, broadcast and digital reporting that makes an exceptional contribution to public understanding of environmental issues. Entries must be initially published in the United States. Winner receives a $5,000 prize. The Oakes Award is funded by an endowment donated by friends and family of John B. Oakes. Entries are judged by an independent committee of journalists and environmental specialists.
Deadline: April 22, 2019
One World Media Awards
Established in 1988, these Awards honor the best media coverage of the developing world, reflecting the social, political and cultural life of people around the globe. The Awards highlight the unique role of journalists and filmmakers in bridging the divide between cultures worldwide and raising awareness of underreported issues and stories. Multiple categories, including one for Environmental Reporting. Entry fees apply.
Deadline: Feb 14, 2019
Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards
This annual awards competition, administered by the Online News Association (ONA), honors excellence in Web journalism, especially those demonstrating mastery of the special characteristics and emerging technology of digital journalism. Thirteen of the 37 awards come with $58,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, The University of Florida and Journalism 360. These awards honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation and general excellence.
Deadline: Jun 6, 2019
Outdoor Writers Association of America: Youth Writing Contest
To encourage students to sharpen their abilities to communicate the outdoor experience, annual awards are being offered as part of the Norm Strung Youth Writing Contest. The contest features separate categories for poetry and prose. Cash awards will be granted in both categories and in two different divisions, senior (grades 9-12) and junior (grades 6-8). The work must have been published in a newsletter, newspaper, magazine, literary collection, etc. during the previous calendar year. The publication can be school or club related, or commercial.
Deadline: Apr 12, 2019
Overseas Press Club of America Awards
Honors several classes of foreign affairs reporting with certificates and $1,000 awards. Submit entries for international coverage in Newspapers, News Services, Digital, Magazines, Radio, Podcasts, Television, Video, Cartoons, Books and Photography. Work must be published in the US or by a US-based publication or broadcast during the previous calendar year. $200 entry fee applies.
Deadline: Jan 30, 2019
PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
Since 2011, the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award annually celebrates writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences. The winner receives a cash award of $10,000 and is honored at the PEN Literary Awards.
Deadline: Aug 15, 2018
David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism - News
Sponsored by the American Geophysical Union. Recognizes excellence in reporting news of scientific advances, generally produced under deadline pressure of one week or less. Must be published or aired for the first time in the previous calendar year, and prepared by a full-time professional or freelance journalist for any medium (except books) accessible to the general public. Award consists of a plaque and $5,000 prize, presented at an AGU meeting, for work that enhances public awareness and understanding of the sciences encompassed by AGU: the study of the Earth, Sun, solar system, and their environments and components. Nominations may be made by anyone.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
The Planet Award, Global Youth & News Media Prize
The Global Youth & News Media Prize, founded in 2018, is a worldwide award that honors organizations that innovate as they strengthen engagement between news media and young people while reinforcing the role of journalism in society. The Planet Award, recognizing reporting or initiatives that effectively provide young audiences with information and hope for saving the planet, is one of three categories, along with The Journalism Award and The News/Media Literacy Award.
Deadline: Apr 15, 2020
George Polk Awards
Long Island University annually seeks nominations for the George Polk Awards. Winners are chosen from newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online news organizations. Judges place a premium on investigative and enterprise work that is original, requires digging and resourcefulness, and brings results. Nominees are proposed and selected by a national panel of advisors. The panel also considers entries that originate from publication offices, newsrooms or individual reporters. Categories vary from year to year, but it has been customary to give awards in foreign, national and local reporting (in print and broadcasting), business and environmental reporting and photojournalism. Electronic journalism, documentary films and books based on investigative reporting or dealing specifically with the field of journalism also may be considered. While the journalists or media outlet do not have to be American, all entries must be in English (no translations). There are no entry fees or application forms.
Deadline: Jan 11, 2019
Population Institute Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting
The Population Institute encourages editors, news directors and journalists to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of population issues. Awards in eight categories recognize excellence in conveying awareness of population problems and their relationship to resources and environment. Individuals and institutions from print and electronic media may apply.
Deadline: Oct 31, 2016
Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism in Florida
The Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications at the University of South Florida annually recognizes distinguished examples of daily and weekly newspaper reporting and commentary about environmental issues in Florida with a $1,000 award. The winner receives the award at the annual summer meeting of the Florida Press Association and Florida Society of News Editors.
Deadline: Apr 5, 2019
ProPublica's Local Reporting Network Grants
The Local Reporting Network pays the salary and a stipend for benefits for reporters at news organizations across the country so they can spend a year working on an accountability journalism project of importance to their communities. Topics include conflicts of interest, housing, mental health care, criminal justice and workplace safety.
Deadlines: Oct 2 for state government projects; Oct 30, 2019 for local accountability projects
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grants
The Center provides travel grants to cover hard costs associated with upcoming travel for an international reporting project. The ideal project offers print, photography, radio, and video. Opportunities include travel grants to students at participating Campus Consortium schools and to non-native, English-speaking journalists, as well as the Catalyst Fund which is designed to foster strategic partnerships with major news outlets in support of freelance multimedia journalists. Open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers; staff journalists as well as free-lancers of any nationality are eligible to apply.
Reed Environmental Writing Award
The Southern Environmental Law Center's annual award seeks to enhance public awareness of the richness and vulnerability of the South's natural heritage by giving special recognition to writers who most effectively tell the stories about the region's environment. There are two categories for entries: Journalism, for newspaper, magazine or online writing that is published by a recognized institution such as a newspaper, university or nonprofit organization, and Book, for works of non-fiction (not self-published). Entries must relate to the natural resources in at least one of the following states: AL, GA, NC, SC, TN, or VA. Prizes of $2,500 are awarded to the winner in each category.
Deadline: Oct 1, 2019
Renewable Natural Resources Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award
Established in 2001, this award honors excellence in accurate and scientifically-based journalism which increases public understanding of natural resources issues. The award recognizes work by an individual, group, or organization for both print and digital media (such as an online report, or article/feature in a newspaper, magazine, journal, or newsletter). General interest books are not eligible.
Deadline: May 31, 2019
SABEW Best in Business Contest
The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) annual Best in Business contest is the only comprehensive set of awards honoring excellence in business journalism. The contest has several divisions and categories. SABEW membership is required.
Deadline: Jan 31, 2019
SAJA Journalism Awards
The South Asian Journalists Association and SAJA Group Inc. annually invite individual journalists and news organizations in North America to participate. The Awards recognize excellence in coverage of South Asia and the diaspora, as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists and students in the U.S. and Canada. The Awards, with multiple categories, are open to journalists, media companies and freelancers headquartered in the U.S. and Canada.
Deadline: Aug 15, 2018; next deadline unknown; awards URL is broken
Harry E. Schlenz Medal for Achievement in Public Education
The Water Environment Federation presents the Harry E. Schlenz Medal annually for "taking up the banner of water environment public education" and presenting it to the public in a productive process via journalism, film or video production, or any other communication endeavor. Only individuals employed principally outside of the water environment profession are eligible.
Deadline: Apr 1 annually
Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism
The annual Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, underwritten by the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and Reuters, and administered by the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, will award three $5,000USD prizes, to recognize independent and professional reporting that sheds new light on controversial issues, one to a local reporter in a developing country or nation in transition, another to a freelance journalist covering international news and a third to a news fixer (rewarding local journalists and/or experts, hired by a visiting foreign reporter or news organization, whose guidance and local knowledge materially benefited the content, impact and reach of the stories submitted). Stories can focus on conflict, human-rights concerns, cross-border issues, or any other issue of controversy in a particular country or region. The awards were created to honor Kurt Schork, an American freelance journalist who was killed in a military ambush while on assignment for Reuters on May 24, 2000, in Sierra Leone.
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Science in Society Journalism Awards
The National Association of Science Writers especially wants to encourage the kind of critical, probing article that would not receive an award from an interest group. Separate prizes and Certificates of Recognition will be awarded for investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact for good and bad. Work must have been published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. NASW will award separate cash prizes of $2,500 for writing judged best in each of five categories: books, commentary or opinion, science reporting, science reporting for a local or regional market, and longform science reporting.
Deadline: Feb 1 annually
Scripps Howard Awards
The awards include several categories of interest to environmental journalists, including but not limited to the Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting. Cash awards total $180,000 in 17 categories. The Meeman award is given to encourage journalists to help educate the public and public officials on environmental issues. Results achieved by the reporting may be included. Open to newspapers (publish three or more times weekly in the previous calendar year), television and radio stations, broadcast and cable networks, cable systems, wire services, news syndicates, syndication or program services, and online news sites. Several are open to news magazines. $50 entry fee.
Deadline: Feb 8, 2019
Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has awarded the annual Hillman Prizes, which are among the most prestigious honors in journalism. In 2009, the foundation inaugurated the Sidney, a monthly award for an outstanding piece of investigative work that fosters social and economic justice. The piece must have been published in the month preceding the deadline. The foundation will announce a winner on the 15th of each month. Recipients are awarded $500, a bottle of union-made wine, and a certificate designed especially for the Sidney by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel.
Deadline: Last day of each month
Sigma Delta Chi Awards
The Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. Open to any work published or broadcast by a U.S. or international media outlet. Freelance work is eligible.
Deadline: Feb 19, 2019
Society for Neuroscience Science Journalism Student Award
The Science Journalism Student Award enables students pursuing a science or medical journalism degree to attend the SfN annual meeting. Two awards are granted each year. Recipients get complimentary meeting registration, four nights’ lodging and $750 to help defray the expenses of attending the meeting. Additionally, efforts are made to pair awardees with a mentor who is an experienced professional journalist covering the annual meeting.
Deadline: May 13, 2019
SND Best of News Design Creative Competition
Sponsored by the Society for News Design and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, this annual competition recognizes excellence in news design, graphics and photography. Open to all magazines and general circulation newspapers — daily or non-daily, broadsheet or tabloid, traditional or alternative — published anywhere in the world, as well as syndicates and cooperatives providing material used in newspapers. Each annual design competition covers one calendar year. Membership in SND is not required. The competition typically offers 20 categories, each with a number of subcategories. All newspaper entrants become eligible for the “World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper” category.
Deadline: US: Feb 1, 2019; Non-US: Feb 8, 2019
Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing
Sponsored by the National Press Foundation. A $2,000 award and citation for best analysis, commentary or reporting on the subject of energy and natural resources, in any form — oil, gas, coal, nuclear, water, solar, etc. The work must have been published in a daily newspaper in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the previous year. Limit of three submissions per person.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism - Features
Sponsored by the American Geophysical Union. Recognizes excellence in reporting, generally produced with deadlines of longer than one week, that explains the background of scientific discoveries or principles. Must be published or aired for the first time in the previous calendar year, and prepared by a full-time professional or freelance journalist for any medium (except books) accessible to the general public. Award consists of a plaque and $5,000 prize, presented at an AGU meeting, for work that enhances public awareness and understanding of the sciences encompassed by AGU: the study of the Earth, Sun, solar system, and their environments and components. Nominations may be made by anyone.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2019
SXSW David Carr Prize for Emerging Writers
High school, undergraduate and graduate students (PhD & Masters included) are invited to compete for the David Carr Prize for SXSW 2020, March 13-16 in Austin, TX. Enter an essay or short story of 1,500 words or less addressing the question "What do we do with our time and lives if society no longer depends on us to work?"
Deadline: Dec 6, 2019
SWCC's Science in Society Journalism Awards
Science Writers & Communicators of Canada (SWCC) (previously the Canadian Science Writers' Association) honors outstanding contributions to Canadian journalism annually with the Science in Society Journalism Awards, presented for original material disseminated in French or English, print or broadcast, and the Science in Society Book Awards. Cash prizes of $1,000. The CSWA also administers other awards programs.
Deadline: Dec 6, 2018 (books)
Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University accepts nominations each year for a single article, editorial, commentary, photograph; series of stories, photographs, editorials, commentaries; or a body of work by an individual journalist. The Taylor Family Award was established through gifts for an endowment by members of the Taylor family, which published The Boston Globe from 1872 to 1999. The winner receives a $10,000 award and the second and third finalists receive $1,000. The award is given to encourage fairness in news coverage by America's daily newspapers.
Deadline: Jan 25, 2019
Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition
The Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF) encourages reporters, audio artists and documentary/feature producers to enter their creative, compelling and revealing work that documents the world we live in to the annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Includes a Best News Feature category. All entries must have been presented publicly on the radio, the Internet (including podcasts) or in a gallery/museum/classroom/other setting. Cash prizes.
Deadlines: Early: May 28, 2019; Final: Jun 18, 2019
United Nations/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards
Open to political cartoons printed in any publication published anywhere, in any language. Exhibits are limited to two cartoons per individual. Successful entries will reflect the importance of human dignity, mutual respect and friendship between nations, as well as economic and environmental responsibilities towards each other. Winning cartoons will be chosen for their high professional standards in art, political analysis of events, projection of events to come, humor, while emphasizing the spirit and principles of the U.N. First Prize: $10,000.00; Second Prize: 5,000.00; Third Prize: 3,000.00.
Deadline: awards are on hiatus for 2018; will resume in 2019
United Nations Correspondents Association Award For UN Coverage
Presented for best written and electronic media coverage of the UN, its agencies and field operations. Open to all journalists anywhere in the world, in any media. The prizes amount to over $60,000 to be distributed among the prize categories and winners. Prizes will be presented at the UNCA Awards Dinner at UN Headquarters in New York. Judges look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will take into account the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists. Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.
Deadline: Sep 15, 2018
The Water Desk Grants
The Water Desk at the University of Colorado Boulder's Center for Environmental Journalism is offering grants to journalists for stories connected to Western water issues and intertwined topics such as climate change, biodiversity, public health, environmental justice, food/agriculture, drinking water, economics/business, recreation and more. 1) Micro-grants (up to $1,000) for expenses necessary to produce content or advance a journalist's professional development and 2) Standard grants (up to $10,000) to support significant reporting efforts that lead to the publication of content connected to Western water issues and the Colorado River Basin.
Deadlines: Standard grants — Jul 15, 2019; micro-grants — rolling basis until Dec 1, 2019 or funds are exhausted
Wildscreen Panda Awards
This film competition takes place at the biennial Wildscreen Film Festival in the UK, since 1982; next one takes place in 2020. The Festival is "the world's most prestigious and influential event for the wildlife and environmental film-making industry," attracting hundreds of people from around the world who work in film and television production, or are involved in conservation and environmental issues — providing an opportunity for people from all around the globe to gather to discuss technical, editorial and scientific developments in their industry. There are multiple science and environmentally themed categories.
Mar 21, 2018 extended to Apr 4
World Annual Ecological PhotoContest / WorldEcoPhoto
This annual contest is organized by the Tyumen House of Photo and Multimedia, under the patronage of the International Federation of Photo Art (FIAP) and the Photographic Society of America (PSA). Prizes are awarded in multiple categories for photos that reflect not only the beauty of nature but also raise awareness about issues related to ecology and environmental protection as well as conservation of rare and endangered species.
Deadline: Apr 9, 2018
Young Reporters for the Environment USA
In the U.S., students aged 11-25 may enter in one of three age categories, as individuals or as part of a class or group. Participants investigate an environmental issue and report on it in writing, photography or videography. Entries must be relevant to participants’ local community, connect to a global perspective, include possible solutions, and be disseminated to an appropriate target audience. Winners will be selected in each age bracket for each media type. First-place winners for each age group in the Writing and Video categories will continue to the international competition. There will be only one first-place winner across all age groups in the Photography category that will move on to the international competition.
Deadline: Feb 28, 2020