Thomson Award looks to the environment

Competition for the prestigious annual Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award is now open, with a special emphasis this year on environmental journalism

The award is dedicated to finding and inspiring ambitious young journalists, aged under 30, from countries with a Gross National Income per capita of less than $20,000. Judges look for stories that are revelatory, prompt public debate and have led to, or have the potential to lead to, positive change in society.

This year – the year of the landmark UN climate change conference COP26 – an additional environmental component has been added to the awards. Applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of three stories. This time, at least one of the three pieces submitted must have an environmental reporting element. 
Three finalists will be awarded £1,000 learning bursaries or funds to buy equipment. An additional £1,000 bursary will be awarded to the journalist with the best environmental story.

Winner announcements will be made on the night of the UK Foreign Press Association awards in London on 29th November.
The competition is a great opportunity for young and aspiring journalists at the start of their careers. Syrian filmmaker, Waad Al Kateab, Sudanese journalist, Yousra Elbagir and Kenyan documentary maker, Maurice Oniang’o, have all benefitted from the annual competition, which is the highlight of the FPA Awards.

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