About

 

Welcome to the 29th Annual SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

The SAB Environmental Media Awards seek out to acknowledge and recognise the work of dedicated members of the South African Environmental Media who excel in their reportage of all current environmental matters.

Over the years, SAB has made a commitment to keep these awards in line with best global practice, listening in earnest to the feedback received from the environment media in South Africa at large and ensuring the Awards are reflective of both the local and global media landscape.

The categories for the 2017 are divided as follows:

  • Written Media Award (Print and Online)
  • Photography Award (Print and Online)
  • Video Media Award (Television and Online)
  • Audio Media Award (Radio and Online)
  • The Macqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award for environmental journalists with less than two years' experience in the Industry.
  • Nick Steele Memorial Award for the Environmentalist of the Year.

Entrants for the SAB Environmental Media Awards and Environmentalist of the Year 2016 should submit work produced between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017.

Please Note: You need to register to either enter the SAB Environmental Media Awards or nominate someone for the SAB Environmentalist of the Year 2017.

Entries open at 08:00 on Monday, 31st July 2017 and close at 17:00 on Friday, 1st September 2017.

Winners will be announced at an awards breakfast on Tuesday, 24th October at Summer Place in Sandton.

 

Judging Process

 

Once the competition has closed, each judge has the opportunity to score the submitted entries for their specific category. These entries are judged according to scorecards that are provided to each judge.

Once this process is complete, all judges meet with auditing firm Grant Thornton where the final scores are tallied.

The top finalists are then discussed in an open forum and then voting for the overall winners and merit winners is decided upon.

This is done by private ballot.

In the event of a tie a second round of voting will take place with the auditors present.

In the event of a second tie, the convenor gets the casting vote.

If the judges believe none of the entries in a category are of a sufficiently high standard, no award will be given.

The entire process is audited by Grant Thornton to ensure it is fair and transparent.

Judging Critera

 

The Judges: Selection Process

The Judges for the SAB Environmental Media Awards 2016 have been selected based on their expertise and experience in the media as well as their commitment to and knowledge of the Environment.

The judges will look at:

  • The overall quality, impact and integrity of the work
  • Tailoring the work for the target audience
  • Creative flare
  • Originality

All entries will be judged in the original language in which they were published or broadcast, where appropriate.

Catgeories

 

The Categories and Sub-Categories for the SAB Environmental Media Awards 2017 are listed below along with the prize monies for the overall winner in each category. All Main category winners receive a cash prize of R25,000 while merit winners each receive R3,000. The winner of the Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award will receive R15,000 prize money.
 

Audio Media (Includes Radio and Online)

The winner is the person who has made the biggest contribution to the field of environmental journalism over the past year in the Audio Media category.

Nick Steele Memorial Award

This award is for the person/s who has/have made a significant positive contribution to the South African Environment.

Photography

The photographer who has consistently produced excellent photographic work over the course of the year either in print or online.

Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award - Sub Category – Audio Media

This award honours environmental journalists with less than two years experience in the Industry. The overall winner is voted from the finalists in each sub-category.

Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award - Sub Category – Photography

This award honours environmental journalists with less than two years experience in the Industry. The overall winner is voted from the finalists in each sub- category.

Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award - Sub Category – Video Media

This award honours environmental journalists with less than two years experience in the Industry. The overall winner is voted from the finalists in each sub- category.

Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award - Sub Category – Written Media

This award honours environmental journalists with less than two years experience in the Industry. The overall winner is voted from the finalists in each sub-category.

Video Media (Includes Television and Online)

The winner is the journalist who the judges feel has made the largest contribution to Environmental Journalism over the past year in the Video Media category.

Written Media (Includes Print and Online)

The winner is the environmental journalist who is judged to have contributed the most in terms of consistent and excellent environmental journalism over the eligibility period in the Written Media Category.

Past Winners

 

The SAB Environmental Media Award Winners 2016 were:

 

Written Media (Print and Online)

Winner:
Susan Scott, Africa Geographic

Merit Winner:
Jay Caboz, Forbes Woman

Photography Award (Print and Online)

Winner:
Kim Ludbrook, European Pressphoto Agency

Merit Winner:
Susan Scott, Freelancer

Video Media Award (Television and Online)

Winner:
Julie Laurenz, 50/50

Merit Winner:
Susan Puren, 50/50

Audio Media (Radio and Online)

Winner:
Minoshni Pillay, SABC Radio

Merit Winner:
Monique Mortlock, Eyewitness News

Nick Steele Memorial Award for the Environmentalist of the Year

Winner:
Gareth Patterson