The South African Breweries (SAB) has opened entries for the annual SAB Environmental Media Awards and Environmentalist of the Year 2017.
Now in its 29th year, the Awards were started by the late conservationist Dr Ian Player to recognise members of the media in reporting on environmental matters in video, audio, and written media as well as photography over the past year.
The Nick Steele Memorial Award for Environmentalist of the Year acknowledges individuals who have gone above and beyond to look after the environment.
“As a company, we believe it’s important to promote and recognise excellence in environmental reporting. We believe the media has an important role to play, as society attempts to find a balance between progress and securing a thriving and prosperous world for future generations,” says Robyn Chalmers, director of communications, AB InBev Africa and SAB.
The categories for the SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year 2017 are as follows:
- Written Media Award (print and online);
- Photography Award (print and online);
- Video Media Award (television and online);
- Audio Media Award (radio and online);
- The Macqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award for environmental journalists with less than two years’ experience in the industry; and
- Nick Steele Memorial Award for the Environmentalist of the Year.
Entrants for the SAB Environmental Media Awards and Environmentalist of the Year 2017 should submit work produced between September 2016 and Thursday, 31 August through the Online Awards portal at www.sabenviromedia.co.za.
All main category winners will receive a cash prize of R25 000, while merit winners each receive R3 000. The winner of the Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award will receive R15 000 prize money. The Nick Steele Memorial Award winner will receive R25 000.
“Over the years, these Awards have served as a window to the state of the environment in South Africa and we look forward to seeing, hearing, and reading this year’s entries,” adds Chalmers.
Members of the media and the public can motivate their nominee for the Environmentalist of the Yearvia the online entry portal. Entries are open and will close at 17:00 on Friday, 1 September.