Non-SEJ Environmental Journalism Awards and Grants

4th World Media Lab
This year-long, expenses-paid fellowship is for emerging and mid-career Indigenous filmmakers, offering artist development workshops (and $10,000 grant), training and networking at the 2024 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Camden International Film Festival.
Deadline: Nov 30, 2023

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.Entries are accepted from journalists worldwide in all categories. 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 Journalism Excellence Awards
The Asian American Journalists Association's Journalism Excellence 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: Jan 22, 2024

AAJA-Medill Innovation Award
This award recognizes journalism that approaches Asian American and Pacific Islander issues in a fresh and innovative way with a $5,000 cash prize and conference travel stipend. Must be a member of the Asian American Journalists Association or join prior to nomination.
Deadline: Jan 22, 2024

African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards
The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) offers this biennial awards competition for professional African journalists. Cash prizes in six categories.
Deadline: Aug 6, 2024

AGU Science Journalism Awards
Sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, the annual David Perlman and Walter Sullivan awards recognize excellence in Earth and space science news and features reporting, respectively, with a $5,000 prize. The Robert C. Cowen Award celebrates a career of outstanding reporting on Earth and space sciences (every other year). Nominations may be made by anyone; AGU membership is not required for nominators or nominees. Awardees also receive up to $1,000 in reimbursed costs to attend AGU's Fall Meeting in 2023.
Deadline: Mar 27, 2024

The Alexia Grants
Since 1991, the Alexia Foundation annually awards photojournalism grants to students and professional photographers to produce substantial stories that promote world peace and cultural understanding. Professionals receive $20,000 ($50 application fee). Students receive a fellowship for tuition and fees to enroll in three courses during a semester at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in New York, a $1,000 stipend and serve as the (paid) research assistant to The Alexia Chair. The student grant application is free.
Deadline: Feb 19, 2024

The Allard Prize Photography Competition
The Allard Prize administers an annual Photography Competition that recognizes photographic excellence reflecting the ideals of the Allard Prize: courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability, the rule of law and of human rights and/or anti-corruption generally. Especially welcome are entries that depict corruption and human rights violations in the developed world. Each winning entry receives a CAD $1,000 cash prize and is featured on the Allard Prize website for six months.
Deadlines: Jul 1 annually (Photographers are encouraged to submit entries year-round.)

American Journalism Project
This venture philanthropy organization is dedicated to local news, with a focus on growing and sustaining an independent local press by building business and technology capacity in local Civic News Organizations (CNOs) via Investments, Intensive Support and Movement Building. First round of grants was awarded in 2019. Proposals will be invited on an ongoing basis in 2020. Especially encouraged are inquiries from CNOs that are led by and serve traditionally underrepresented communities. What they fund.
Deadline: rolling

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 one for post-secondary youth.
Deadline: Aug 7, 2024

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 one or several 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.
Deadline: Mar 18, 2024

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. Some categories are for the public, some for ASJA members only. Cash prizes; entry fees apply.
Deadline: May 15, 2024

ASME National Magazine Awards
The National Magazine Awards honor print and digital publications that 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 category 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 2, Nov 30 and Dec 28, 2023 (depending on publication date)

AXS Film Fund
This program is for creators of color in documentary or nonfiction new media who identify as living with a disability. Up to five creators annually can receive $10,000 each to assist them in finishing their projects in any stage of production.
Deadline: Jul 31, 2024

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 $29,000CAD is awarded annually with eight awards selected by an international jury of writers, adventurers and editors.
Deadline: Jul 2, 2024

Banff Mountain Film Competition
Submit your film to the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival which 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. $35,000CAD in cash and prizes.
Deadline: Aug 1, 2024

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. $3,000CAD grand prize.
Deadline: May 6, 2024

BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition
This annual competition encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work that both celebrates and illustrates the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspires action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery. $5,000 grand prize; $1,000 first-place prizes in seven categories. Entry fees apply.
Deadline: Mar 1, 2024 extended to Mar 8

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 (and online globally). The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all forms, lengths, subject matters and genres. 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 30 (early); Aug 31 (regular); Oct 13, 2024 (final)

Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication
The BBVA Foundation of Spain's award recognizes 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: Jun 10, 2024

Brown Institute Magic Grants
The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia Journalism School and the School of Engineering at Stanford annually provides year-long funding awards of up to $150,000 ($300,000 for teams with members of both the Columbia and Stanford communities). Plus, access to an advisory and mentoring group, and an alumni network.
Deadline: Mar 29, 2024

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: Sep 16, 2024

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 will be featured on the YRE website, and announced nationally through, the EcoSchools newsletter, and Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram channels.
Deadline: Apr 12, 2024 (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, Environmental and Climate Change Award, Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award, Student Award and Freedom of Information Journalism Award. Winners of the CAJ awards are announced at the CAJ's annual conference in spring.
Deadline: Jan 19, 2024

Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards
CJF supports and rewards excellence in Canadian journalism through its annual awards program and by supporting recognition programs run by other organizations. The 2024 awards include the $10,000 Award for Climate Solutions Reporting, $5,000 Edward Burtynsky Award for Climate Photojournalism and the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award, a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto, for a photojournalist in the early stages of their career; and more.
Deadline: Jan 26, 2024

CENTER Photo/Art Awards and Grants
CENTER annually recognizes outstanding photographers worldwide working in all processes and subject matter with awards and grants for project funding, exhibition in Santa Fe and professional development via the premier juried portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Multiple categories, including the Blue Earth Fiscal Sponsorship.
Deadline: Jan 28, 2024 (earlybird); Feb 25, 2024 (final)

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

Collier Prize for State Government Accountability
The Collier Prize at the University of Florida recognizes coverage of state-level government in every state, focusing on investigative and political reporting, in any medium or on any platform. It's open to any news organization. The 2024 prize will consist of one $25,000 winner, one $5,000 winner and one $2,500 winner.
Deadline: Jan 31, 2024

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
The Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year wins a one-week safari for two in Kenya with Alex Walker's Serian, a unique handmade trophy, plus Think Tank gear and more. The free competition, which supports conservation efforts via a selected charity, has nine categories, including one for video, one for under 16 and one for under 25 years old.
Deadline: Jul 31, 2024

Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards
The annual Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards, presented with the Columbia Journalism Review, will recognize exemplary climate solutions reporting, effective public engagement and climate inequities coverage. Open to journalists worldwide, on any beat. There is no entry fee, and news outlets are not required to be CCNow partners to participate.
Deadline: Mar 1, 2024

The Curve Award for Emerging Journalists
The Curve Foundation's grant program provides financial support ($5,000 cash plus stipend) and more to emerging journalists who identify as lesbians, queer women, trans women and/or nonbinary people and are based in the United States.
Deadline: Apr 30, 2024

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, 2024

duPont-Columbia Awards
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, 2024

Environmental Photographer of the Year
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management in partnership with WaterBear showcases the very best in environmental photography highlighting impacts on the Earth by humans. Environmental Photographer of the Year 2023 receives a £5,000 cash prize; Young EPOTY (21 and under) receives brand new camera equipment; and more.
Deadline: Aug 30, 2023

The EPPY Awards
Editor & Publisher Magazine's annual awards program is open to all media and media-affiliated websites. Many categories are available under three divisions: Over 1 million homepage views, Under 1 million homepage views and the College/University division. Entry fees apply.
Deadline: Sep 13, 2024

ERC Collaborative Reporting Grants
The Environmental Reporting Collective offers Collaborative Investigation Grants to media outlets, journalists and freelancers from two different countries or regions. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $3,000 USD.
Deadline: Aug 15, 2023

Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications
In 2024, this National Academies and Schmidt Futures award offers $640,000 in prizes to science journalists and research scientists whose work will help society meet the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change, future pandemics and other issues that can only be understood and navigated with the help of effective science communication. Includes training and professional development opportunities for the science communicators recognized through the awards program.
Deadline: Mar 31, 2024

Esserman-Knight Journalism Awards
These annual awards celebrate and encourage outstanding investigative and public service reporting in South Florida and to foster a community that cares deeply about local news.  Entries should serve the public by holding the powerful to account, shining a light on a pervasive or underreported community problem, or breaking new ground on an issue. $10,000 first prize, $5,000 second prize, and honorable mentions at $1,000. Nominate a journalist or team of journalists.
Deadline: Feb 12, 2024

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 ScienceWriters meeting. 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

The Everyday Projects Grant
The Everyday Projects provides support to photojournalists from diverse backgrounds as they develop their craft, awarding two $6,000 grants (plus mentorship) to photographers to work on a long-term project. Preference will be given to photographers who have contributed to The Everyday Projects or are members of the African Photojournalism Database.
Deadine: May 8, 2023

Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant
Diversify Photo and the Pulitzer Center annually invite applications from photojournalists worldwide for stories on systemic and underreported issues in our communities, including but not limited to racial justice, climate change, environmental justice, gender equality and human rights. Three $3,000 awards.
Deadline: Jun 30, 2023

Fetisov Journalism Awards
This global competition, founded by Russian philanthropist Gleb Fetisov in 2019, awards cash prizes to outstanding professional journalists who change the world for the better with their groundbreaking stories. Three winners in each of four categories (including investigative reporting and environmental journalism) share a cash prize of CHF 130,000 (Swiss Francs). Free to enter.
Deadline: Sep 15, 2024

Flashlight Investigative Journalism Grants
Flashlight, a nonprofit network of giving circles, gives $500-$1,000 grants to investigative journalists, who retain complete editorial control and are free to publish their work wherever they like. Round one funded an enterprising environmental reporter. Round two was for freelance journalists covering election integrity. Round three is for African American freelance investigative journalists. Rounds four and five were for all freelance investigative journalists. Round six is for U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists; apply here.
Deadline: Nov 19, 2023. (July 2024: grants are currently paused)

Free Press Awards
Free Press Unlimited, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, will honor journalists and media professionals who have a strong commitment with press freedom and independent information, and who continue no matter what. Newcomer of the Year receives a media scholarship and Most Resilient Journalist receives a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 12, 2024

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. FIRE also accepts applications for customized contract-related legal assistance from two veteran media attorneys.
Deadline: rolling deadline

Fulbright Scholar Program
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, journalism, communication, 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. 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 15, 2024 for Traditional

Fund for Investigative Journalism
The Fund for Investigative Journalism awards grants, up to $10,000, 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. Several types of grants are available: Regular ($10,000 max with deadlines three or four times a year); Seed funding: Small grants, up to $2,500, for preliminary reporting that can lead to full investigations; Expedited grants for urgent stories; Follow-up grants for timely stories after initial investigations (rolling); Emergency grants for stories on threats to democracy in the U.S. (rolling basis); and Diversity fellowships (info posted here when applications open).
Deadline: Sep 9, 2024 (regular grants); May 10, 2024 (seed grants)

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). $75 entry fee. Cash prizes.
Deadline: Jan 9, 2024

Global Shining Light Award
This biennial award honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress or in the direst of conditions. US$2,500 prize and a trip to the 2023 Global Investigative Journalism Conference, Sep 19-22 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Deadline: Feb 28, 2023

Golden Turtle Photography Contest
MY EQUATOR Charity Social Support Fund's annual photo contest is open to photographers worldwide. Cash prizes in each category (includes a youth category, 13-17 years) and for photographer of the year. The official competition languages are Russian and English.
Deadline: Mar 31, 2024

Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting
The Goldsmith Awards Program honors investigative reporting that best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics. Winner receives $25,000; five finalists receive $10,000. Open to U.S. news media only.
Deadline: Jan 10, 2024

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

GRID-Arendal Investigative Environmental Journalism Grants
GRID-Arendal (a UNEP partner) is offering six grants of NOK 20,000 (~US$1800) in 2024 for experienced environmental investigative journalists, staff or freelance, working globally on the issues of organized environmental crime in developing countries.
Deadline: Dec 4, 2023

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: Sep 1, 2023

Hillman Prizes Canada
The Sidney Hillman Foundation awards the Canadian Hillman Prize honoring Canadian journalists whose work makes a difference to the lives of Canadians. Categories include print/digital, broadcast (tv, radio, podcast) and local/community news. The content must have been published in Canada and been widely accessible to a Canadian audience. $2,500 prizes. No entry fee.
Deadline: Jan 15, 2024

Hillman Prizes in Journalism
Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation awards the annual Hillman prizes, honoring investigative journalism and commentary in service of the common good. The categories include books (non-fiction), newspaper, magazine, broadcast, web and opinion/analysis journalism. Open to journalists and subjects globally, although work must have been intended for and be widely accessible to a U.S. audience. 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, a $500 honorarium given monthly for an outstanding piece of investigative journalism that fosters social and economic justice.
Deadline: Jan 30, 2024

ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award
This annual International Center for Journalists award recognizes excellent reporting that makes a difference in the lives of people around the world. Recipients are reporters, editors or others who, despite difficult circumstances, produce pioneering news reports or innovations that make a significant impact in their countries. Submit a nomination for the 2023 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award.
Deadline: Feb 15, 2024

IJ4EU Fund for Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Grants
Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) funds cross-border investigative journalism projects in the European Union: Investigation Support Scheme and Freelancer Support Scheme. Available grants between €20,000 and €50,000.
Deadline: Mar 31, 2024

IJNR Field Reporting Grants
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 in or related to North America: Wildfire Reporting Grant (new in 2024), Steve Dolberg Memorial Reporting Grant, Mary Hager Memorial Grant (for an early-career female journalist whose proposal focuses on the public-health impacts of the environment), Indigenous Reporting Grant, Environmental Justice Reporting Grant, Guerry Beam Memorial Grant, Andrew Weegar Memorial Grant and the Frank Allen Field Reporting Grant. Journalists of color and other underrepresented or minority journalists are strongly encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Mar 15, 2024

Indigenous Media Awards (formerly the National Native Media Awards)
The Indigenous Journalists Association (formerly the Native American Journalists Association) annually recognizes outstanding coverage of Turtle Island by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists across the U.S. and Canada. Includes a Student Division.
Deadline: Mar 8, 2024 extended to Mar 22

International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana
The 2024 festival is scheduled for Sep 20-27 in Perm, Russia. Documentary filmmakers worldwide may submit new full- or short-length films directed in 2023 or 2024. The festival is named for documentarian Robert Flaherty and submissions must reflect his style and his film "Nanook of the North." If your film is not in English, English subtitles must be included. Cash prizes in rubles, dollars or euros (as winners decide).
Deadline: May 20, 2024 (2024 info)

IRE Awards
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 12, 2024

IWMF Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award
This International Women's Media Foundation award honors Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan in 2014. It celebrates women, non-binary and gender nonconforming photojournalists of any nationality whose work inspires us to take action and better understand the world. The winner will be publicly honored, have their work showcased and receive a cash prize of $20,000. Candidates must be working as a journalist full-time, and journalism must be their primary profession. Apply yourself or submit a nomination.
Deadline: Dec 17, 2023   

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 staff or freelance women or non-binary reporters, writers, editors, photographers or producers working in any country and of any nationality. No self-nominations.
Deadline: Mar 3, 2024                                                                                       

IWMF Gwen Ifill Award
This International Women's Media Foundation award honors legendary PBS NewsHour co-anchor, who passed away in November 2016. It is given annually to an outstanding woman or non-binary journalist of color in the U.S. with a track record of mentorship, leadership and a commitment to diversity in journalism. Apply yourself or submit a nomination.
Deadline: Mar 3, 2023

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: rolling basis

IWMF Kari Howard Fund for Narrative Journalism
The International Women's Media Foundation administers this fund in memory of "storytelling editor" Kari Howard, awarding annual grants supporting compelling human stories globally.
Deadline: Jul 14, 2024

IWMF Kim Wall Memorial Fund
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) awards $5,000 reporting grants annually to women and nonbinary journalists who carries forward Swedish journalist Kim Wall's legacy of covering important, underreported stories on subcultures and "the undercurrent of rebellion" from around the world.
Deadline: Dec 17, 2023

J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards
These Awards recognize excellence in nonfiction that exemplifies the literary grace and commitment to serious research and social concern that characterized the work of the awards' Pulitzer Prize-winning namesake, J. Anthony Lukas. Four awards are given:  J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Awards (two @ $25,000), J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize ($10,000), Mark Lynton History Prize ($10,000) and Lynton Scholarship Program (two @ $5,000).
Deadline: Dec 7, 2023

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. Two finalists receive $1500 each. 
Deadline: Apr 22, 2024

John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism
This $25,000 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: May 3, 2024

John M. Collier Award for Forest History Journalism
Sponsored by the Forest History Society, the Award is given annually to a journalist whose work incorporates forest or conservation history in an article or series of articles published in North America that relate to environmental issues. 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: Apr 15, 2024 extended to May 15's 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.
Deadline: various

Kozik Environmental Justice Reporting Grants
Jointly sponsored by the National Press Foundation and the National Press Club Journalism Institute, grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to U.S.-based journalists reporting on environmental justice and environmental racism in the United States. This could include coverage of the disproportionate harms to disadvantaged communities from pollution, the effects of climate change or other relevant topics.
Deadline: Apr 24, 2024

Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism
This competition, underwritten by the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and Reuters, annually awards three $5,000USD prizes, to recognize excellence in courageous reporting of conflict, corruption, human rights transgressions and injustice: to a local reporter in a developing country or nation in transition, to a freelance journalist covering international news and 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). The awards 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, 2024

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 10, 2023

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, 2024

Lorenzo Natali Media Prize
Since 1992, the European Commission's Natali Prize recognizes excellence in reporting on sustainable development issues, inequality, human rights, poverty eradication, environment, biodiversity, climate action and more. The winner in each of four 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: Jun 30, 2024

Maria Moors Cabot Prizes
This awards competition, founded in 1938, honors reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean, especially that which impacts society, and demonstrates commitment to important stories over the course of a long and distinguished career. $5,000 honorarium.
Deadline: Mar 16, 2024

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute offers a grant of $12,500 to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition, especially for a project that otherwise would not come to fruition.
Deadline: Feb 22, 2024

Messengers of Biodiversity Reporting Grant
The Sitka Foundation, in partnership with the Science Media Centre of Canada, invites applications from journalists worldwide for one of 10 grants to support reporting and writing or broadcast stories about biodiversity issues in British Columbia. The funding can be used for research, travel and related expenses. There are two streams: research time only (CAD $10,000) and for research plus travel costs (CAD $15,000).
Deadline: Nov 1, 2023

Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling
This annual award honors up-and-coming journalists in Africa who strive to strengthen people's voices and illuminate the transformational change taking place on the continent. Winners receive a $5,000 cash prize, personalized award certificate and the opportunity to spend up to two weeks at The Economist headquarters in London.
Deadline: Jan 31, 2024

Mirror Awards
The Mirror Awards recognize the best reporting, analysis and commentary covering the media industry and its role in our economy, culture and democracy. 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. Cash prizes.
Deadline: Feb 15, 2024

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 recognizes journalism that best covers the Black experience or addresses issues affecting the worldwide Black community. Open to all media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast (TV, radio and podcasting) and all forms of digital journalism, as well as communications and collegiate media. Work must have been published in the previous calendar year.
Deadline: Feb 15, 2024

NAHJ Ñ Awards
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) annually honors outstanding contributions to an informed society and exemplary news coverage highlighting issues affecting Hispanic, Latino and Latinx communities. In 2024, six awards will be presented within the Print/Digital, Television, Photography and Radio categories, as well as two top tier awards, plus the NAHJ/University of Florida Award in Investigative Journalism. (The latter recognizes the top multimedia investigative stories that, in part, shed light on wrongdoing, injustice, corruption and abuse of power affecting Latino and other under-represented communities of color as a result of policies, individuals and/or corporations. Two $5,000 prizes will be awarded, one for small/medium newsrooms (under 250 employees) and one for large newsrooms (250 employees or more).) NAHJ membership required.
Deadline: Mar 29, 2024 extended to Apr 5

NASW Excellence in Institutional Writing Awards
The National Association of Science Writers annually awards cash prizes for high-caliber, publicly accessible science writing produced on behalf of an institution or other non-media organization. Open to all and free for NASW members.
Deadline: Feb 1, 2024

NASW Peggy Girshman Idea Grants
The National Association of Science Writers annually awards individuals or groups grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to support projects and programs that will help science writers in their professional lives or benefit the field of science writing. NASW membership not required.
Deadline: Feb 12, 2024

NASW Science in Society Journalism Awards
The National Association of Science Writers especially seeks to recognize science writing that is shaped by a variety of perspectives, because such writing enables the telling of more broadly relevant stories that better serve audiences and communities. Work must have been published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. NASW will award separate cash prizes of $2,000 for writing judged best in each of six categories: books, commentary, science reporting, science features, longform narratives and series.
Deadline: Feb 1, 2024

National Geographic Grants Program
The National Geographic Society offers funding opportunities for projects in conservation, education, research, storytelling or technology in one or more of their focus areas (Ocean, Land, Wildlife, Human Histories and Cultures, Human Ingenuity).
Deadline: Apr 11, 2024

National Press Foundation Awards
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.
Deadlines: Oct 2, 2023

National Wildlife Federation's Photo Contest
NWF's contest celebrates the power of photography to advance conservation and connect both photographers and viewers with wildlife and the outdoors. Open to amateur and professional photographers. Cash prizes in multiple categories including one for youth aged 13-17.
Deadline: Mar 31, 2024 extended to Apr 7

Neal Peirce Foundation Journalism Travel Grants
The Neal Peirce Foundation annually offers travel grants of up to $1,500. Grants are intended to support journalists in covering undertold stories about ways to make cities and their metro regions work better for all their people. Grants will cover travel expenses necessary for on-the-ground reporting. Full-time freelancers as well as journalists currently employed by a news organization are eligible to apply. The grants are for journalists to travel to cities within the U.S. to produce one or more stories for publication.
Deadline: Oct 16, 2023

New England First Amendment Awards
The New England First Amendment Coalition annually honors individuals who have promoted and defended the First Amendment throughout New England. During the ceremony, the coalition presents the Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award, the Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award and the Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award.
Deadline: May 15, 2024

New Media Writing Prize
The Media School at Bournemouth University awards cash prizes in multiple categories for storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone.
Deadlines: Feb 1, 2024

One World Media Awards
Established in 1988, these Awards honor the best media coverage of the global south — stories that break through stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people across cultures. 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 8, 2024

Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards
This annual awards competition honors excellence in digital journalism around the world. In 2024, there are 23 categories including social media engagement, breaking news, science reporting and visual storytelling. Some awards come with prize money.
Deadline: May 9, 2024

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 reporter or team of reporters 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: Apr 15, 2024

Outdoor Writers Association of America Writing Contests and Awards
The OWAA recognizes its members of all ages through annual contests and awards. The Excellence in Craft Contest offers cash prizes in multiple categories for various media and subject matter. The Norm Strung Youth Writing Contest and the OWAA Student Photo Contest each offer cash prizes and a yearlong OWAA Student Membership, split over two age groups — high school (grades 11-12) and college.
Deadline: Jan 31, 2024

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, Print or Digital; TV, Video, Radio or Podcast; Any Medium (excluding photos, books and cartoons); Photography; Books; and Cartoon. Work must have been published or broadcast in the U.S. or by a U.S.-based company or be accessible to an American audience during the previous calendar year with reporting primarily outside the US. $200 entry fee applies.
Deadline: Jan 31, 2024

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 1, 2024

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. Educators and news organizations will be honored by a special Press Freedom Teaching Award in the 2023 edition of the Global Youth & News Media Prize.
Deadline: Jul 1, 2023

Planet Forward Storyfest Awards
These awards recognize and reward the best and most compelling student-told stories illuminating environmental issues and solutions. 2024 grand-prize winners will travel to either Iceland or the Galápagos with Lindblad Expeditions to see and report on the environment.
Deadline: Feb 5, 2024, extended to Feb 12

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. The project should expose something that is broken or isn’t working as it should and clearly explain why (as opposed to explanatory or feature pieces).
Deadlines: Nov 1, 2023

Pulitzer Center Reporting Grants
The Center provides multiple types of grants, for global or local (U.S.) reporting, including Connected Coastlines, Data Journalism, Deep Dives: Ocean and Fisheries Reporting, Rainforest Journalism, Your Work/Environment and more. Staff journalists as well as freelancers of any nationality are eligible to apply.
Deadline: rolling

Pulitzer Prize Competition
The Pulitzer Prizes, established in 1917, are awarded annually in journalism, books and other categories. The Prizes accept journalism work published in eligible U.S. news outlets. $15,000 prizes in most categories.
Deadline: Books - July 15, 2024 if published in the first half of 2024; final deadline for all eligible books published in 2024, including those slated for publication in the final quarter of the year, is October 15, 2024.  Journalism - Jan 25, 2024; opens for the 2025 cycle in December 2024.

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 articles 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, 2023

Rest of World Photography Contest
Rest of World's inaugural contest invites submissions of a single image made within the last three years showing how technology impacts you and your communities. Open to photographers of any skill level, living and working in the non-Western world. First-place winner receives $1,000; second-place $500; third-place $250.
Deadline: Jan 31, 2023 extended to Feb 10

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. Cash prizes.
Deadline: Mar 11, 2024

RJI Student Innovation Competition
The 2024 Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) competition challenge is to create something to help a newsroom measure the impact of their news coverage for their community. Each team can be up to four students, who can be enrolled at any college or university in the US. Cash prizes.
Deadline: Oct 16, 2023

Rory Peck Awards
Since 1995, these Awards have annually recognized the work of freelance journalists globally for the crucial role they play in newsgathering. Includes multiple categories for freelance reporters, filmmakers, photojournalists and camera operators. Cash prizes.
Deadline: Jul 12, 2024

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. Categories include General Excellence, Story Topics (e.g., Energy/Sustainability/Climate Change and Health/Science) and Student Journalism. SABEW membership is required, except for students.
Deadline: Jan 4 (early bird); Jan 25 (regular); Feb 1 (final), 2024

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 26, 2023

Scripps Howard Awards
The awards honor work from television stations, networks, radio and podcasts, visual media, online media outlets, independent producers, newspapers and print publications. There are several categories of interest to environmental journalists, including environmental reporting that encourages journalists "to help educate the public and public officials on environmental issues. It may be awarded for explanatory or expository journalism or investigative reporting." Cash awards total $170,000 in 15 categories. Entry fees apply.
Deadline: Feb 5, 2024

SEAL Journalism Awards
The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards include prizes for environmental journalism. In 2023, 12 journalists were awarded a SEAL Environmental Journalism Award "for their efforts to raise awareness of the interplay between social, governmental and market forces in shaping climate justice."
Deadline: Rolling basis. Nominations accepted here.

Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) announced in September 2021 the launch of a new award honoring the late science journalist Sharon Begley. The award, to be presented annually starting in 2022, will recognize and support journalists who exemplify excellence in covering science for the public. The award will provide a $20,000 grant to a mid-career science journalist.
Deadline: Apr 30, 2024

Sidney Awards
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, plus seven Spanish-language awards (new in 2022). Open to any work published or broadcast by a U.S. or international media outlet. Freelance work is eligible.
Deadline: Feb 5, 2024

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.
Deadline: Feb 23, 2024

SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards
The Society of Professional Journalists presents these awards annually, honoring the best in student journalism. open to US. and international students studying toward an academic degree enrolled in a U.S. or international college or university in 2023.
Deadline: Jan 22, 2024

Story Money Impact (SMI) annually invites applications for the STORY TO ACTION program, which aims to support five completed documentary films that inspire action towards social and/or environmental justice issues in Canada. All content must be finished, premiered and be fully available for community use by October 2024.
Deadline: Earlybird — May 19; final — June 3, 2024

SWCC's Book Awards
Science Writers & Communicators of Canada (SWCC; previously the Canadian Science Writers' Association) annually honors outstanding contributions to Canadian science writing with two book awards: 1) intended for and available to children/middle grades ages 8-12 years and 2) intended for and available to the general public.
Deadline: Dec 8, 2023

Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University accepts nominations each year for a single story, a photograph, an editorial or a commentary; a series of stories, photographs, editorials or 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 20, 2024

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. The competition is back after a COVID hiatus with nine genre-expansive categories (including one for Best News Feature), cash prizes, a new timeline & extended window of eligibility, and sliding scale rates for all entrants.
Deadlines: Early - Jan 13; Final - Mar 10, 2023. The 2024-25 call for entries opens in July, pending funding.

Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Reporting
The National Press Foundation annually offers a $2,500 award and citation for best analysis, commentary or reporting on energy, natural resources and the environment to a US-based journalist. The award is open to all media. The work must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the previous year.
Deadline: Mar 8, 2024

Travel Photographer of the Year
The TPOTY competition is open to all photographers worldwide; entry fees apply. The 2024 winner will be the photographer who submits the best two portfolios across the portfolio categories Faces, People, Cultures; Planet Earth – landscapes, climate & water; Travel in Monochrome; and Wildlife, Nature & Underwater. There's also a Young Travel Photographer of the Year category (no entry fee). Cash prizes.
Deadline: Oct 6, 2024

True Story Award
This global journalism prize aims to make reporters' voices known beyond the borders of their home countries, to increase the diversity of perspectives offered in the media. Writing in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish is eligible. Cash prizes.
Deadline: Nov 5, 2023

United Nations Correspondents Association Award For UN Coverage
Presented for best print, broadcast and online media coverage of the UN, its agencies and field operations. Open to all journalists anywhere in the world. The prizes amount to over $60,000 to be distributed among the prize categories and winners. Prizes are presented at the UNCA Awards Dinner at UN Headquarters in New York. Judges look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will consider the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists. Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome. 2023 call for entries.
Deadline: Sep 30, 2023

US Water Prize
The US Water Alliance's annual Prize includes the Outstanding One Water Communication Award for journalists and producers from mainstream media outlets and publications, authors, podcast hosts and other communicators who focus on water issues.
Deadline: May 31, 2023

USC Annenberg California Health Equity Impact Fund
California-based professional journalists (including freelancers) or reporters from national outlets doing a California-focused project are eligible for this fund comprising a $2,000-$10,000 stipend, five months of professional mentorship from a veteran journalist and more.
Deadline: Dec 1, 2023

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 the environment. The single award is $10,000 and a ceremony hosted by KSJ. There is no entry fee.
Deadline: Jan 31, 2024

The Visura Project Grants for Freelance Visual Journalists
Four freelance visual journalists or photojournalists worldwide will each be awarded a $2500 project grant for visual stories about climate change, environmental justice, gender equality, racial justice and human rights, as well as a Lifetime Plus Membership to build a website via Visura. Free Visura membership required.
Deadline: Extended to Apr 30, 2022

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 reporting and commentary about environmental issues in Florida with a $1,000 award.
Deadline: Aug 16, 2024

The Water Desk Grants
The Water Desk at the University of Colorado Boulder's Center for Environmental Journalism is offering grants (up to $10,000) to media outlets and individual journalists covering either New Mexico water issues or the Rio Grande watershed in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and/or Mexico. Because water is intertwined with so many issues, proposals may cover a broad spectrum of topics: climate change, biodiversity, pollution, public health, environmental justice, food, agriculture, drinking water, economics, recreation and more.
Deadline: Apr 17, 2023

WFSJ Solidarity Fund
The World Federation of Science Journalists offers financial assistance up to $1,000USD in a range of emergency cases where working science journalists find their financial well-being and personal safety are compromised by violence, displacement, injuries, natural disasters or outbreaks of disease.
Deadline: rolling

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
This annual international competition and exhibition of the Natural History Museum in London, UK highlights the unique and beautiful relationship between photography, science and art. Includes a young photographer category. Win cash prizes, a place in the museum's exhibit and more.
Deadline: Dec 7, 2023

Wildscreen Panda Awards
This wildlife and environmental film and photography competition takes place at the biennial Wildscreen Film Festival in the UK, since 1982; next one takes place 2024. The Festival "celebrates and advances the art of natural world storytelling," 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. The Panda Awards honor outstanding achievements in the craft of natural world storytelling.
Deadline: Early bird — Apr 12, 2024; Regular — May 10, 2024

World Press Photo Contest
Worldwide entries are welcome for professional photography in combination with, but not limited to, audio and visual elements, for news moments, events and aftermaths, as well as social, political and environmental issues or solutions. Cash prizes for regional and global winners in four format-based categories.
Deadline: Jan 11, 2024

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 24, 2024

Yale Environment 360 Film Contest
This annual contest honors the year’s best environmental films from around the world, highlighting work that has not previously been widely seen. Films that are funded by an organization or company and are primarily about that organization or company are not eligible. Cash prizes.
Deadline: May 20, 2024

ZEKE Awards
In 2024, the Social Documentary Network will give two separate awards, each with a $2,500 prize: 1) the ZEKE Award for Systemic Change, for visual stories on topics including the threat to democracy and solutions to this global crisis as well as related issues including human rights, global health, climate change, migration and refugees, conflict, race and gender, reproductive rights, sustainable farming practices and others; and 2) the ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography, on themes that affect the global community.
Deadline: Jan 15, 2024