The Countdown to the AIPS Sport Media Awards earnestly starts in Doha, home of the biggest and main supporter of the global sports media recognition and reward event and host city of the first line jury.
The first edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards can only be described with one word: SUCCESS.
Journalists, writers, photographers, audio and video producers from 119 countries have submitted their work, which is currently being screened by the Executive Committee of AIPS.
Entrants have submitted written works from the likes of The New York Times, USA Today, Howler (USA), BBC, The Bleacher Report, The Telegraph, CNN.com (UK), Der Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany), La Gazzetta dello Sport. Undici, SportWeek (Italy), L’Equipe (France), El País, Marca, Sport, As, Panenka, La Vanguardia (Spain), ESPN (India), Tipsbladet (Denmark), Xinhua, Tencent (China), Sport Express (Russia), Der Standard (Austria), Indian Times, Firstpost (India), Qatar Tribune (Qatar), Goal.com (Nigeria), La Tercera (Chile), El Tiempo (Colombia) or El Telégrafo (Ecuador), to mention just a few.
Photography bears some of the most relevant agencies from the world, like AFP and Getty Images. The audiovisual categories have audios and films in more than 20 languages: some of them can be found in the cinemas or in Netflix.
But the submissions also come from independent magazines, national radios or local publications that are equally relevant and have the same chances of competing and winning.
The AIPS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE members meeting in the Qatari capital from October 29th – November 2nd. The jury will decide the three finalists of each category: Sports Action (Photography), Portfolio (Photography), Best Column (Writing), Best Colour Piece (Writing), Athlete Profile (Video), Documentary (Video), Audio and Weblog.
In December, the three finalists for each category will be announced. All of them will be invited to Lausanne, Switzerland, on January 21st, for the inaugural ceremony of the Awards. On top of the AIPS Sport Media Awards trophy, each winner will be rewarded with 8,000 US Dollars. The second-placed will receive a diploma plus 3,000 US Dollars and Third placed receives 2,000 US Dollars.