Written Categories

THE JOHN BROMLEY SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
is chosen by a vote of national and regional sports editors. This category does not require a submission, however to be eligible for this award journalists must be shortlisted in one of the other competition categories. All other awards are subject to entered submissions which are then put before our panels of judges.

THE SPORTS NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR
This award is for the newspaper that best covered sport in 2019. An independent judging panel will be looking for entries which show style, good writing, exclusives and consistency throughout the year. Entries must consist of three full editions accompanied by a 500-word citation.

Note: In this category hard copy entries are accepted as well as digital entries. If you wish tosubmit hard copy entries please send 7 copies of each edition and citation to: SJA Awards c/o S2F Events, Unit 92, Capital Business Centre, 22 Carlton Road, South Croydon, CR2 0BS

CRICKET JOURNALIST
Open to journalists specialising in cricket. Entries must consist of three published reports and/or features. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents. 

Note: entrants in this category cannot also enter the Specialist Correspondent category.

FOOTBALL JOURNALIST
Open to journalists specialising in football. Entries must consist of three published reports and/or features. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

Note: entrants in this category cannot also enter the Specialist Correspondent category.

REGIONAL SPORTS JOURNALIST
High-quality reporting, feature writing or investigative journalism, from regional or local media. Three published articles per entry. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

Note: Candidates in this category who are short-listed will each receive one free ticket for the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards dinner being held at the Westminster Park Plaza, SE7 1UT on Monday 24 February 2020.

RUGBY JOURNALIST sponsored by European Professional Club Rugby
Open to journalists specialising in rugby, union or league. Entries must consist of three published reports and/or features. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

Note: entrants in this category cannot also enter the Specialist Correspondent category.

SPECIAL SPORTS EDITION
This award is for a special edition, section or supplement, online or in print, on a single event or subject and published on a single day. Video and audio content may be included in digital entries. The design as well as the content of the entry will be considered by the judges.

Note: In this category hard copy entries as are accepted as well as digital entries. If you wish to submit hard copy entries please send 7 copies of the Special Edition to: SJA Awards c/o S2F Events, Unit 92, Capital Business Centre, 22 Carlton Road, South Croydon, CR2 0BS

SPECIALIST CORRESPONDENT
Open to journalists specialising in a specific sport, or in sports betting, but excluding specialists in football, cricket, rugby; union or league. Entries must consist of three published reports and/or features. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

SPORTS COLUMNIST
Strong opinions and commentary on sport. Three separate published articles per entry. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents

SPORTS FEATURE WRITER
This award is for high standards of writing, strength of thought and freshness of ideas. Each entry must include three separate published articles and should include at least one, but no more than two, interviews. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

SPORTS NEWS REPORTER
The best portfolio of breaking sports news stories by an individual and/or team. This category is for sports news stories which have made the greatest impact. Each entry must include three separate articles. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

SPORTS SCOOP
The single sports news story judged to have made the greatest impact on the judges. The same story may be included within the portfolio entered in the Sports News Reporter category. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

SPORTS WEBSITE
This award recognises all aspects of a website’s performance. Each entry must include a summary (in no more than 400 words) of the site’s coverage and digital developments in 2019 as well as three URLs that demonstrate the sites journalistic excellence (this may include the use of design, layout, images and digital techniques).

YOUNG SPORTS WRITER
The Ian Wooldridge Trophy is open to writers aged 25 or under on 31 December 2019. Previous winners are not eligible to enter. Entries must show versatility and a high standard of writing. Entries must consist of three published reports (covering at least two different sports). At least one piece should have been written under the pressure of an immediate deadline. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

Note: The cost of entering this category is at the reduced rate of £20 regardless of SJA membership. The winner of the Young Sports Writer of the Year category will be announced prior to the event via the SJA website. The winner will receive a complimentary ticket for themselves and a guest to attend the event on Monday 24 February.


Broadcast Categories

SPORTS NETWORK​
Who is the award for: This is a new prestigious award designed to recognise the sports network / channel / platform that best covered sport and set the sporting agenda in 2019.
It doesn’t matter if you represent one radio station or a network, a single channel or a portfolio of channels – the sport coverage your organisation presents in whichever format will be judged on an individual basis. It is about how you serve your audience and showcase sport in different ways.

Judging criteria:
Judges will be looking for how you serve your particular audience, using original journalism, style and innovation in a consistent manner throughout the year.

The entry:
In the first instance, a 500 word supporting statement should be submitted detailing how your organisation has set the sports agenda in 2019.

Each entrant / organisation will then be invited to present a 20 minute pitch to an independent judging panel on a date to be decided (this can be one representative, or a number of representatives but you must bring supporting evidence). There will be AV facilities for you to present your work.

Notes:
Judges must be notified if the content you showcase also utilises a content company – you will be judged on how that is enhanced and used.

SPORTS PUNDIT
Who is the award for:
This award is to recognise the pundit, summariser, studio analyst or guest whose work has most impressed the judges in the past year.

Judging criteria:
They will be judged on tone, expertise and delivery as well connection to their audience.

The entry:
Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 5 minutes in total and accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the pundits’ broadcasting achievements in 2019.
Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

Notes:
The format for the selection of the winner has changed this year. A shortlist will be created by the judges and SJA Members will subsequently be allowed to vote for their preferred winner from that shortlist.

BROADCAST JOURNALIST
Who is the award for:

This award is to recognise the radio, audio, television or digital journalist who, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact of the year.

SPORTS COMMENTATOR
The radio, television or digital commentator who in the opinion of the judges has made the biggest impact in the year. This is for radio, television or digital commentators i.e. only those who deliver play by play descriptions. It is open to those whose work appears both in live programmes and in highlights programmes, providing that the commentary is delivered ‘’live’’ and not dubbed after the event has been completed. It can include both sporting competition and related sporting events such as opening and closing ceremonies. It should include only commentary and not presenting.

Entries should consist of “show-reel” style clips lasting no more than five minutes in total. It should reflect identification, fluency, live interpretation of the action and communication of the excitement and atmosphere. Entries may consist of a single sport or range of sports. Entries should be accompanied by a written citation of no more than 150 words.

SPORTS PRESENTER​
Who is the award for:
This award is to recognise the radio, audio, television or digital presenter / presenters who, in the opinion of the judges, has / have made the biggest impact in the year.
It is intended for presenters who anchor programmes, live events, discussions or shows.

Judging criteria:
Entrants will be judged on their delivery, range, versatility and connection to their audience.

The entry:
The entry can include studio-based and/or on-location work.
Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 5 minutes in total and be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting how they have made an impact in 2019.
Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

SPORTS COMMENTATOR​
Who is the award for:
This award is to recognise the radio, audio, television or digital commentator who, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the year.

This is intended only for commentators who deliver “play by play” descriptions and whose work appears in live programmes and/or highlights programmes (providing the commentary is delivered live and not dubbed after the event.)

Judging criteria:
Judges will be looking for the entrant to demonstrate their range and depth, and ability to interpret the action in a compelling and fluent way for their audience.

The entry:
Entries can include both sporting competition and related sporting events such as opening / closing ceremonies. It must only include commentary, not presentation, but may consist of a single sport, or range of sports.

Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 5 minutes in total and be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact they’ve made in 2019.

Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

AUDIO / RADIO SHOW​
Who is the award for:
This award is to recognise the broadcast radio, or streamed audio show or podcast, which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year.

This is intended for a regularly scheduled show or one-off programme or podcast that uses the power of analysis, commentary, journalism and conversation to cover sport in a captivating and entertaining way for their audience.

This is a team award for presentation and production staff involved in the show’s original content and ideas.

Judging criteria:
Judges will be looking for the show to demonstrate good journalism and analysis for its target audience. The winner will be the show that has generated stories and content that have made an impact in the past year, using new and innovative ways of covering sport.

The entry:
Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 10 minutes in total. Entries must be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact the show has made in 2019 and why it is an appointment to listen.

Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

Notes:
Please Note: Any special one-off event coverage can instead be entered in the “Live event” category

TELEVISION/DIGITAL SHOW
Who is the award for:
This award is to recognise the television, or digital show, which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year.

This is intended for a regularly scheduled show, in a magazine-style, highlights or one-off programme format that uses the power of analysis, commentary, journalism and conversation to cover sport in a captivating and entertaining way for their audience.

This is a team award for presentation and production staff involved in the show’s original content and ideas.

Judging criteria:
Judges will be looking for the show to demonstrate good journalism and analysis for its target audience. The winner will be the show that has generated stories and content that has made an impact in the past year, using new and innovative ways of covering sport.

The entry:
Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 10 minutes in total. Entries must be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact the show

has made in 2019 and why it is a “must-watch”

Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

Notes:
Please Note: Any special one-off event coverage can instead be entered in the “Live event” category

AUDIO / RADIO DOCUMENTARY​
Who is the award for:
This award is to recognise the broadcast radio, or streamed and podcast audio documentary/programme, which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year.

This could be a documentary or long form factual feature / programme or series that demonstrates compelling storytelling. It could be on a specific individual, or past / present event or investigative work such as an expose. It can include standalone recorded programmes and documentary segments presented as part of a studio discussion or a single interview, where this has particular merit, but must be over 30 minutes in length.

Judging criteria:
Judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate compelling audio with untold stories or aspects of familiar stories not heard before. The winner will captivate listeners with in depth original journalism told in a unique way.

The entry:
Entries should be submitted electronically and must comprise of the complete programme or particular strand / episode where relevant. Entries should also be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact the documentary made in 2019.

TELEVISION / DIGITAL DOCUMENTARY​
Who is the award for:
This award is to recognise the television, or digitally broadcast visual documentary / programme, which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year.

This category is intended for documentary films, features, interviews, special investigations and other feature reports that demonstrate in depth original journalism. It could be on a specific individual, or past / present event or investigative work such as an expose. It can include standalone recorded programmes and documentary segments presented as part of a studio discussion or a single interview, where this has particular merit.

Judging criteria:
Judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate compelling television with untold stories or aspects of familiar stories not heard before. The winner will captivate viewers with in depth original journalism told in a unique way.

The entry:
Entries should be submitted electronically and must comprise of the complete programme or particular strand / episode where relevant. Entries should also be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact the documentary made in 2019

AUDIO / RADIO LIVE EVENT COVERAGE​
Who is the award for:
This award is designed exclusively for LIVE broadcast radio, or streamed and podcast audio which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year.

Entries in this category must be from coverage of ONE event (for example, a single event like the Champions League Final, or one tournament, such as Wimbledon; or a series, like The Ashes). This

year it will NOT include season-long coverage, instead, entrants are asked to select a particular event from that coverage (for example, the final day of the Premier League season.) This includes coverage

from a number of outside sources and studio-based live work.

Judging criteria:
Judges will be looking at how entries have used audio techniques to convey the occasion, bringing the event to their listeners in a unique and captivating way.

The entry:
Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 20 minutes in total and must be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact their coverage of the event made in 2019.

Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

TELEVISION / DIGITAL LIVE EVENT COVERAGE​
Who is the award for:
This award is designed exclusively for LIVE television, or digitally broadcast visual coverage which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the biggest impact in the past year.

Judging criteria:
Entries in this category must be from coverage of ONE event (for example, a single event like the Champions League Final, or one tournament, such as Wimbledon; or a series, like The Ashes). This year it will NOT include season-long coverage, instead, entrants are asked to select a particular event from that coverage (for example, the final day of the Premier League season.) This includes coverage from a number of outside sources and studio-based live work.

The entry:
Entries should consist of a showreel of clips lasting no more than 20 minutes in total demonstrating how journalism was used to cover the event in an engaging and unique way. It must be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words, highlighting the impact their coverage of the event made in 2019.

Entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.

Notes:
Please Note: Where the broadcast signal or multi-lateral coverage is generated by a “host broadcaster” – for example at a World Cup or Olympic Games – the entry should demonstrate how they have enhanced the core material.

ONES TO WATCH - OFF AIR
Who is the award for:
This category replaces young sports broadcaster and is split into two awards – there will be an “on air” winner and an “off air” winner.
This is open to journalists working within broadcasting / digital media who are aged 30 and under on 31st December 2019 and they must enter themselves.
“On Air” entries are for radio / audio / television / digital presenters or reporters who have made a impactful contribution to an organisation’s output.
Judging criteria:
Judges will look at the entrants portfolio of work, journalistic skills, time in the industry and impact they’ve had in their chosen field in 2019.
The entry:
“Off Air” Entries should consist of examples of work in a showreel format lasting no more than 3 minutes in total (if relevant). It should demonstrate the entrant’s production, journalism and/or editing / newsgathering skills and be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 500 words highlighting their impact on programming and background information to help understand the individual contribution and why they have had a breakthrough year. It should also contain one endorsement of their work in 2019 from a senior colleague.
All entrants are politely asked not to exceed the maximum duration or their entry will be deemed null and void.
Notes:
The cost of entering this category is at the reduced rate of £20 regardless of SJA membership.
The winners of the Ones To Watch category will be announced prior to the awards ceremony via the SJA website. The winners will each receive a complimentary ticket for themselves and a guest to attend the event on Monday 24th February 2020.

ONES TO WATCH - ON AIR
Who is the award for:
This category replaces young sports broadcaster and is split into two awards – there will be an “on air” winner and an “off air” winner.

This is open to journalists working within broadcasting / digital media who are aged 30 and under on 31st December 2019 and they must enter themselves.

“On Air” entries are for radio / audio / television / digital presenters or reporters who have made a impactful contribution to an organisation’s output.

Judging criteria:
Judges will look at the entrants portfolio of work, journalistic skills, time in the industry and impact they’ve had in their chosen field in 2019.

The entry:
“On air” Entries should consist of at least three clips in a showreel format lasting no more than 5 minutes in total. It should demonstrate the entrant’s broadcasting ability and journalism and be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 150 words highlighting why they have had a breakthrough year. It should also contain one endorsement of their work in 2019 from a senior colleague.

Notes:
The cost of entering this category is at the reduced rate of £20 regardless of SJA membership.

The winners of the Ones To Watch category will be announced prior to the awards ceremony via the SJA website. The winners will each receive a complimentary ticket for themselves and a guest to attend the event on Monday 24th February 2020.


Photography Categories

CANON SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
The Ed Lacey Trophy Is awarded to the photographer who, in the opinion of the judges, has been the overall best sports photographer of 2019 and has demonstrated an outstanding range of photographic skills. This will be judged on submitted entries into the categories listed below. All other awards are subject to entered submissions which are then put before our panel of judges.

CANON SPORTS PORTFOLIO (SP)
To consist of 10 photographs representing a variety of sports and a range of photographic disciplines at a variety of sports events. Photographers can only enter one portfolio into this category.

SPECIALIST SPORTS PORTFOLIO (SSP)
To consist of 10 photographs of one particular sport, showing a range of photographic disciplines, but not from one sporting event or assignment. Photographers can submit two portfolios from different sports into this category, this will be counted and charged as two entries.

FOOTBALL PORTFOLIO (FP)
To consist of 10 photographs from football showing a range of photographic disciplines. Entries to this category cannot be entered into Specialist Sports Portfolio. Photographers can only enter one portfolio into this category.

SPORTS PICTURE (PIC)
This category is judged as the outstanding single picture. Photographers can enter up to three pictures in this category, this will be counted as one entry.

AWAY FROM THE ACTION (AA)
This category is judged as the outstanding single picture taken away from the sporting action. Entries to this category can include portraits, features or sports news photos which take place off the field of play. Entries to this category cannot be entered into Sports Picture. Photographers can enter up to three pictures in this category this will be counted as one entry.

YOUNG SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER (YP)
This category is open to photographers aged 25 or under on 31 December 2019. Previous winners are not eligible to enter. To consist of 5 photographs representing a variety of sports and a range of photographic disciplines at a variety of sports events. Photographers can only enter one portfolio into this category.

Note: The cost of entering this category is at the reduced rate of £20 regardless of SJA membership. The winner of the Young Sports Photographer of the Year category will be announced prior to the event via the SJA website. The winner will receive a complimentary ticket for themselves and a guest to attend the event on Monday 24 February.