International Journalism and Media Awards
Laureates Since 1986
 

The International Journalism and Media Awards have a vast array of themes. In addition to existing awards, you can propose new themes and new awards. The jury takes decisions based on the content, relevance and value of the presentations and candidatures.

The triennial awards honour outstanding media professionals, publications and institutions worldwide, and recognize their exemplary contributions irrespective of all differences.

The international awards enhance and make journalistic and media works more valuable in diverse fields, and acknowledge the efforts of all participating journalists and media professionals as well as their milieu. They help guarantee freedom of expression and freedom of the media at all levels in spite of all types of pressures especially from political, business and religious leaders and authorities.

The awards are recognition for lifetime and reference for professionals to consult issues that concern nations, continents and our world. They reconfirm the competence and consolidate the authority of the winners on their domains and topics that are of major relevance and extreme importance in the world affairs.

Thus the winners have been supported by their own employers, friends and others in order to travel and encounter with counterparts and personalities abroad at world congresses and other seminars. They are also offered opportunities to expose themselves to far away lands, cultures and traditions in order to get real (not virtual) understanding of our small big world whose mysteries are still intact.

The award certificates are available online for professional and/or personal reasons, and enable instant verification by concerned parties and offices for authenticity and genuineness.

 
 
 
1. Freedom of Expression
 
2. Promoting Dialogue (Titus Brandsma Award)
 
3. International Photojournalism Award
 
4. International Award for Interreligious Initiatives
 
5. International Award for Women Issues
 
6. International Award for Educommunication
 
7. International Award for Excellence in Journalism
 
8. International Award for Solidarity with Refugees
 
9. Excellence in Communication (Cardinal Foley Award)
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Candidatures and Entries

 
1. Freedom of Expression  
 
The International Award for Freedom of Expression is conferred upon an individual, a group or an institution, who in an exemplary manner has by work or deed championed the freedom of opinion in the fullest sense. Commitment to freedom of the press and the media includes not only active or passive resistance to the suppression of freedom but also the exercise of the journalistic profession in all circumstances, particularly in difficult ones, as well as exceptional performance in promoting the freedom and development of peoples through the media in one’s own country or an outstanding contribution at the service of the media to foster international understanding.  
 
2. Promoting Dialogue (Titus Brandsma)  
 
The International Award for Promoting Dialogue (Titus Brandsma Award) honours initiatives for upholding human dignity, healing wounds and promoting dialogue in all circumstances through the media. The award recognises efforts of journalists, publishers, professors of communication, publications or institutes who have suffered threats or persecution because of their engagement in the media on behalf of an important human or religious issue. The award is instituted in memory of Blessed Titus Brandsma (1981-1942), a Dutch Carmelite who was a journalist.  
 
3. Photojournalism  
 
The International Photojournalism Award is open to all photojournalists. Pictures speak differently and make strong impacts upon both literate and illiterate men, women and children. Pictures play a greater role in the modern media landscape as they can transmit messages faster. The award intends to promote the photos that dignify peoples, cultures, events and conventions. Photos like written reports can give a unique and exceptional on-the spot experience.  
 
4. Inter-religious Initiatives  
 

The International Award for Inter-religious Initiatives will honour and recognise the services and contributions of individuals, institutions, publishers, publications (including books) for peace and coexistence among members of all types of religions and cultures. The award brings to light their exemplary initiatives and contributions, and encourages the use of all types of the media for interreligious co-operation and harmony.

 
 
5. Women Issues  
 
The International Award for Women Issues will honour the efforts of individuals, institutions, publishers, publications (including books), in favour of making peoples and societies conscious of women’s issues. The award aims at bringing to light the plight of women in different parts of the world, exposing the violation of women rights, which are the fundamental rights of all human persons. The award recognises exemplary and unique contributions that valorize women and their irreplaceable contributions to the humanity and the world.  
 
6. Educommunication  
 
The International Educommunication Award honours institutions and individuals, who have in an exemplary way promoted, advocated and applied educommunication for the development of humankind. The award honours contributions in the field of educommunication that have been initiated to improve media education practices and media criticism methodologies, as well as enlarging the democratic use of communication, its technologies and process in all kinds of educational programmes, in order to attain the common good. The award supports the major role that educommunication plays in the formation of present and future communicators who will shape things to come.  
 
7. Excellence in Journalism  
 
The International Award for Excellence in Journalism honours outstanding journalists and other media professionals from all domains. The award is given to best entries and their authors on national, continental or world levels. The two major criteria of the award are the issues presented and journalistic standards.  
 
8. Solidarity with Refugees  
 
The International Award for Solidarity with Refugees aims at eradicating events and policies that make people refugees. Media men and women and institutions worldwide can play a significant role in preventing civil disputes, conflicts and wars which are among the first and major events that force people to leave their home and even homeland. They can make nations and peoples aware of the plight of refugees and displaced people, so that greater and better attention are given to reducing what causes people to become refugees and helping to solve already existing refugee crises. The award honours and recognises professionals, institutions and initiatives that have campaigned for the dignity and the rights of refugees as human persons, so that more and more media men and women worldwide commit themselves to put an end to the refugee phenomenon. The award enables to find new methods, attitudes and dispositions for dealing with refugees and displaced people, so that refugees are not treated merely as objects needing only food and water to survive a few more days! The award helps consider refugees full and equal human persons who deserve humanity’s respect, solidarity and fraternity.  
 
9. Excellence in Communication (Cardinal Foley Award)  
 
International Award for Excellence in Communication honours women and men ho have built or helped build bridges between peoples, communities, societies, between the religions/Churches and the world through ongoing reflection and search, get-togethers, encounters and seminars. Such bridging and encounters are necessary today in our modern world where both young and senior generations value freedom, dignity and respect than blind submission. The award is instituted in honour of Cardinal John P. Foley (1935 -2011).  
 
Candidatures and Entries  
 

Candidatures may be submitted by a contributor, well-wisher, jury member or by the candidate him/her/itself. Presentation of individual or institutional candidate shall include: brief description/biography, reasons for proposing and the name of the proposer.

Entries can be published (in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) or publishable, broadcast or broadcastable. Entries that are not in English, French, German or Spanish must have a translation or a summary in English. Photos must have a title, the photographer’s name, and the date and place where the photo was taken. Please send two photographs of the author/s. Deadline for all presentations is 30 April 2019. E-mail: icom@bluewin.ch.

A good number of awards are set apart for young journalists below the age of 35. * *