2018/19 PEPFAR MEDIA AWARDS Competition

2018/19 PEPFAR MEDIA AWARDS Competition

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is launching the HIV and AIDS Media Awards Competition. The awards cover Photo, Print/ Online and Broadcast Journalism categories.  Entries are invited from the media fraternity and should be submitted to the PEPFAR Media Awards Adjudication Committee (PMAAC) at the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Harare no later than October 31, 2019.

Rules of the Competition:

  1. The entries should have been published/broadcast between October 2018 and October 2019 by a recognized media house or agency or carried on line with a byline of the author;
  2. The themes of the entries to be submitted for the competition must be in the area of HIV and AIDS;
  3. Entries covering PEPFAR supported initiatives can be submitted by individuals or organizations;
  4. Articles should embrace gender dimensions of HIV, people with disabilities as well as other key populations;
  5. Articles should demonstrate effort to highlight impact of PEPFAR activities in rural communities;
  6. There is no limit to the number of articles one can submit as consistency of coverage of PEPFAR supported issues is a key component for winning;
  7. Submissions will be reviewed by the PMAAC comprising members selected by, health experts from the U.S. Health Team, representatives from the National AIDS Council (NAC) and the AIDS and TB Unit – Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC), the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe, Harare Polytechnic and a Media Consultant;
  8. The decision of the PMAC is final and the winners will be announced and receive their awards as part of the commemoration of World AIDS Day 2019. The date and  venue will be advised;
  9. The overall winner will receive a trophy, prize and certificate. Runner ups will be selected from each of the three (3 categories of journalism) and awarded a prize and a certificate;
  10. The PMAAC reserves the right not to award a prize in any of the categories if the entries do not satisfactorily meet the competition requirements. In such an event, PMAAC may award such an award to deserving entries that may score second or third place in the other categories;
  11. Entries are invited from the following three (3) categories:
  12. Print Journalism: submissions should have a minimum of 300 and maximum of 1000 words comprising features/articles published in different media such as newspapers, newsletters, magazines and the website;
  13. Photo Journalism: a minimum of a single photo a pictorial of up to 10 photos and an album of up to 20 photos (published and captioned) should be submitted;
  • Broadcast (Television/Radio) Journalism: broadcast material for submission should have a minimum duration of 1 minute and a maximum of an hour. All broadcast materials should be supported/accompanied by a transcript written in English.

Prospective entrants are invited to submit entries accompanied by proof of their nationality to the PMAAC  on: NyakwendeG@state.gov  Further information is obtainable from the U.S. Embassy Website www.zw.usembassy.gov