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FOR MEDIA Environment awards launched

Media organizations and journalists, including bloggers, in Negros may have the chance of winning an award for environment reporting, with the launching recently of the Sarihay Media Awards 2014 of the Foundation for Philippine Environment.

FPE is the country’s first and largest nongovernment grant facility for environment and sustainable community development. The term “Sarihay” is adopted from “Samot’ Saring Buhay,” a Filipino translation for biological diversity.

FPE executive director Godof Villapando said that the award recognizes the important role of the mainstream media in promoting awareness and better understanding of environment and sustainable development issues among policymakers, decision makers, and the public, in general. In an effort to both acknowledge and reward outstanding and responsible reportage of environmental issues, as well as insightful opinion and commentary on the subject matter, the FPE is introducing its very first media awards, Villapando added.

The competition, that will run from February 1 to September 30, 2014, is open to all Filipino print, broadcast, online and photo journalists and bloggers. Campus journalists in the college level are also qualified to submit entries for certain award categories.

The entries must cover topics related to biodiversity conservation, environmental education and governance, indigenous ecological knowledge and practices, renewable energy, watershed and protected area management, climate change adaptation and disaster risk management.

Themes on ecological sustainability and development issues, like mining, logging, land conversion and fisheries, among others, are also preferred entries in the award.

The print media category includes best news story, best investigative report, best feature story and best commentary or editorial article. All entries must be published in regional or national newspapers, and also applies to college-level campus journalists.

The awards for television are best news reportage, best documentary, and best magazine or talk show program, and open to both regional and national TV networks. Best photo essay shall be given to photographers who may be able to capture interesting topics on the environment. The last category of the competition is best online commentary.

All entries should have been published or aired within the period covered by the competition. Entries published in other dialects must be accompanied by an English or Filipino translation. There is no limit to the number of entries per category that an interested individual can send.

Submitted entries shall be evaluated based on relevance, substance, creativity and overall impact on the theme of the competition. Grand winners will receive cash prize, plaque of recognition and an all-expense-paid exposure and learning visit to one of the FPE project sites.

The competition is presented in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Miriam College–Environmental Studies Institute, Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation Inc., and Tanggol Kalikasan Inc. Other details of the competition are available at the FPE website at*

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