The John B. Oakes Environmental Journalism Award

The John B. Oakes Award and its $5,000 prize is given for outstanding environmental reporting across platforms. Print, radio, broadcast and digital reporting are eligible for the award. All entries must have appeared in the U.S. during 2020. The entry fee for each nomination is $50. Entry fees are non-refundable.

How to Enter:

All materials should be formatted and uploaded as PDFs or as URLs. Links must remain live through September 2021.

Please fill out the entry form (credit card(link is external) | check payment(link is external)) and upload supporting materials.

Materials needed for entry:

  • One to five pieces of environmental reporting. Materials may be uploaded as PDFs or as links.
  • Confirmation that the pieces appeared during 2020.
  • Broadcast transcripts for radio or video reporting, or if your online entry includes audio/video components.

Supplemental materials such as a brief statement on the work as well as biographies of the persons who contributed to the pieces may be submitted.

Please keep in mind:

  • A single article or a series of articles can be submitted. A series must be designated as such by the publication when it is printed. A regular column may also be submitted as a series.
  • If submitting a series, up to five articles can be submitted.
  • The judges may divide the award among the writer, videographer, photographer, and illustrator, if their work substantially strengthens the winning piece.
  • A translation must be supplied for any article not written in English.
  • If a piece or series lives online, direct links may be provided. Otherwise, please upload the material to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo.
  • For all visual elements, the name of the photographer, videographer, or graphic artist should be included on all entry forms.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.

https://journalism.columbia.edu/oakes

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