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Asia Pacific Forum Of Environmental Journalists Email: afej@sri.lanka.net 

May 6, 2001

The deadline is drawing near for entries to be submitted for the 2000Asia-Pacific Awards for Excellence in Environmental Journalism and Photo Journalism.

The contest was first introduced in 1990 to promote high quality coverage of environmental issues and acknowledge the work of communication professionals in that field.

The winners last year were Joe R. Kanekane, News Director, The Independent, Papua New Guinea and Abu Taher Khokon, Photographer, Financial Express, Bangladesh.


The 2000 Asia-Pacific Awards for Excellence in Environmental Journalism and Photo Journalism is an initiative of the Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ). Earlier awards were supported by the ADB, FNS and UN-ESCAP. The aim of the awards is to recognize the efforts of journalists and photographers working on environmental issues and to encourage environmental journalism across the region.


The main theme of the award is high quality coverage of the environment, its conservation and threats to it. Journalists are invited to submit published stories and photographs that have covered any aspect of the environment in their country or region. This includes: Scientific research and findings; Protected areas; Ecotourism; Conservation; Sustainable Development; Eco-friendly alternative products and fuels; Environmental education: Environmental political issues; Threats to the environment; Mining, logging, oil extraction and other forms of exploitation of natural resources; and Social issues.


All journalists and photographers, staff or freelance, can take part in the contest. They should be residents of the Asia-Pacific region and work in or with the local or national media.


The award will consider only printed articles and images published in the local print media. Each journalist will be able to submit a minimum of five published articles or photos. These should have been published in newspapers or magazines between January 1 and December 31,2000.

Entries (including copies of photographs) can be submitted via post by June 26, 2001. Winners will be announced during September 2001.

Along with copies of the articles and photos, entrants should submit their full name, address, phone/fax/email contact numbers, dates of publication, and names of newspapers/magazines.

Entries can be forwarded to the following address: Dr. Dharman Wickremaratne, Chairperson Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ) P.O.Box 26 434/3-Sri Jayawardenapura Sri Lanka E-mail: afej@sri.lanka.net  Telephone: (+94-1) 873131(4 lines) Fax : (+94-1) 883187 Web: http://www.oneworld.org/slejf 


There are two awards -- one for journalism and one for photo journalism. The prize is the same for each category.


*The winners in the two categories will be invited to participate in the 13th APFEJ World Congress of Environmental Journalists in The Philippines, October 22-26, 2001. All expenses to them including return air tickets to the Philippines, hotel accommodation and meals during the congress and registration fee will be paid. This prize is not transferable or redeemable in cash.

They winners will have an opportunity to meet with colleagues from around the world to share experiences and examine important issues related to environmental reporting.

The five winners in each sub-region (East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia and the Pacific) will receive award certificates. All winners will receive a three-year free membership in the APFEJ.

The awards, along with certificates, will be presented to the winners on October 23, 2001 at a special ceremony at the congress in the presence of more than 100 participants from nearly 50 countries.


An independent three-person panel of judges will be selected by APFEJ to decide the winners of the awards.

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