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SADC Media Awards Competition Launch
28/09/10

THE SADC SECRETARIAT ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE 2011 SADC MEDIA AWARDS COMPETITION. THE AWARDS ARE IN THE FIELDS OF PRINT, RADIO, TELEVISION AND PHOTO JOURNALISM. PROSPECTIVE ENTRANTS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT THEIR ENTRIES ACCOMPANIED BY PROOF OF THEIR NATIONALITY TO THE NATIONAL ADJUDICATION COMMITTEE (NAC) IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES.

Rules of the competition

a) The entries should have been published/broadcast between January and December of the year preceding the awards (2010) by a registered and/or authorised media house or agency or carried on a website of a registered and/or authorised media house or agency in any of the SADC Member States;

b) The themes of the entries to be submitted for the competition must be related to issues and activities promoting Regional Integration in the SADC Region:

c) All media practitioners who are SADC nationals may enter the competition, except those in institutions contracted by SADC, SADC Secretariat staff and their immediate family members;

d) All entries should be in one of the SADC working languages, i.e. English, French or Portuguese and should be submitted as they were published/broadcast (newspaper cuttings, websites, magazines, audio CDs  or video cassettes/DVDs);

e) Entries are invited in the following categories:

i. Print Journalism: comprising features/articles published in newspapers, newsletters, website; ii. Radio Journalism: comprising broadcast material; iii. Television Journalism: comprising televised material; iv. Photojournalism: comprising published picture(s) with a caption or text;

➢ Print Journalism submissions should have a minimum of 600 (six hundred)
      words and a maximum of 2000 (two thousand) words.
     
➢ Broadcast or televised materials should have a minimum duration of five minutes and a maximum duration of thirty minutes and all Broadcast material should be accompanied by a transcript in any of the three SADC languages.

f) All entries must be submitted to the NAC not later than March 30, 2011;

g) All submissions must contain full contact details of the media practitioner, including a passport-size photograph, physical address, telephone and, where applicable, postal address, fax number and e-mail address;

Entries will be initially screened and judged by the NAC in each Member State which will select the best entry in each of the four categories to be forwarded to the Regional Adjudication Committee (RAC), through the SADC Secretariat not later than May 31, 2011. The SADC Secretariat shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to the work or material submitted.

h) Selection of the best regional entries will be decided upon by the RAC;

i) The RAC reserves the right not to award the prizes if the entries do not meet the competition requirements;

j) The decision of the RAC shall be final;

k) The winners will be announced and receive their prizes during the 31st SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government;

l) Each category of the Awards, thus, Print, Radio, Television and Photo journalism carries a prize of US$2000.00.

m) The monetary prizes will be accompanied by a certificate signed by the SADC
      Chairperson;

n) The prizes will be paid directly to the winner. In case of a winner being unable
      to attend the ceremony, SADC will make arrangements to give the prize
      in his/her home country;

Further information and entry forms are obtainable from the National Adjudication Committees and SADC National Media Coordinators in each Member State.

 

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