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Indo-German Environment Partnership Program (IGEP): All India Environmental Journalism Competition 2014

Call for Entries
As India moves on a path of rapid economic growth, environmental degradation is becoming severe. To take up and walk on the path of sustainable development, awareness and knowledge about the state of the environment and sustainable solutions are key. Media has a crucial role to play in sensitising people to environmental concerns and raise public awareness by providing environment-related information and analysis. Accurate, critical and profound media coverage of environmental topics and concerns can thus contribute to a changing society by making the public conscious of their daily activities and promoting the adoption of a sustainable lifestyle.

To encourage improved media coverage of environmental issues, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) through its Indo-German Environment Partnership (IGEP) programme, the Asian College of Journalism, ICLEI South Asia, The Third Pole and the Deutsche Welle Akademie are organising a competition for journalists reporting on environmental issues in India, in cooperation with IFAT India Fair and under the patronage of the German Embassy. By acknowledging and awarding good journalistic reports, the competition aims to inspire journalists to take up a wider range of topics with regards to the environment as a part of their work and highlight solutions and positive stories

Contribute to spreading environmental knowledge and submit your work!

The entries should deal with urban and industrial issues of environmental protection and management. Entries related to water and climate change – and presenting positive examples, possibilities and solutions - is encouraged. All entries must be clearly associate to India.

Eligibility Conditions

  • The entries should have been published/broadcast between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 in print, web, photo, TV or radio.
  • Entries can be in any language. Entries in languages other than English should be accompanied by an English summary of about 500 words.
  • The entries should not have been awarded by any other competition or institution before.
  • The quality of the work must be in line with journalism ethics and standards.
  • The entries should be noticeably associated with India.
  • This competition is open to each and every person except employees of GIZ, ICLEI, the Asian College of Journalism, The Third Pole, IFAT India and DW Akademie and their families or anyone else associated with the organisation of this competition.
  • The participant can be of any nationality and reporting from any location in the world – as long as the focus of the entry is India.
  • In case a winning report is by more than one journalist, the prize will be shared equally among them.
  • Entrants must warrant that the medium they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
  • Copyright for all entries submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, by sending their entries, each participant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to the organisers to feature any or all of the submitted reports in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.
  • Short-listed applicants will be asked to submit an endorsement letter from the editor/news editor of the media house in which the respective report has been published. Reports published in personal web-blogs are not eligible.

The deadline for submitting entries is July 31, 2014 (midnight Indian Standard Time).

Winners will be notified by the end of August 2014. The awards will be presented at the IFAT India Fair in Mumbai on October 9, 2014.

The decision of the jury will be final.

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