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SeaWeb Announces Second Annual
Ocean Journalism Awards in Fiji

Entries Sought for Excellence in Reporting on Critical Marine Issues

SeaWeb Ocean Journalism Awards
Samantha Rina, winner of the 2011 Ocean Journalism Awards' Newspaper category, receives her award from Taholo Kami, regional director of IUCN Oceania

SeaWeb’s second annual Ocean Journalism Awards seeks to honor reporters in Fiji who have excelled at elevating the discussion of marine issues that impact the economic, social and cultural health of the country.

Since 2006, SeaWeb has operated a six-month media fellowship called Sea Series, which connects journalists with ocean experts, policy makers and communities involved with marine conservation issues. As a result, ocean news coverage has steadily increased in both quality and quantity in Fiji. The Awards recognize Fiji’s current commitment and level of excellence in ocean journalism.

Download Awards Guidelines and information on how to enter [PDF]
Download Awards Entry Form [PDF]

“The media plays a critical role in ensuring an open and informed public discussion takes
place on the future of Fiji’s marine resources, which are vital to the health of this island
nation,” said Scott Radway, SeaWeb’s Asia Pacific Program Director. “This past year, Fiji
journalists again met that challenge and we are eager to honor their outstanding efforts.”

The Ocean Journalism Awards, which were established by SeaWeb, in partnership with the
University of South Pacific and the Pacific Islands News Association, has five categories:

  • Newspaper
  • Magazine or Online Publication
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Journalism Student

One winner of each category will receive a cash prize and engraved carving. Submissions
must have been published for the first time in Fiji between Oct. 1, 2011 and Oct. 1, 2012. The
deadline for entries is Fri., Oct. 5, 2012. Mailed entries must be postmarked on or
before this date.

Winners will be announced and presented at SeaWeb’s Sea Series graduation ceremony
Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012. Time and location to be determined. The event is open to the public.
There is no cost to attend. To R.S.V.P., please contact Alumeci Nakeke via email at
anakeke@seaweb.org.

Read the press release announcing the contest here >>