FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
your questions answered: everything you need to know about the AIPS Sport Media
Do I have to be a
member of AIPS in order to participate?
No, AIPS membership
is not required. Participation is open to all professional journalists, video
makers and photographers, from the 160 countries represented in the AIPS
When is the
deadline for submitting for the current edition?
You have time to
submit until October 7, 2020, at 18:00 Central European Time. If your work is
not in English and does not have a translation, we very much advise you to
submit as soon as possible.
Which are the
valid dates for publication?
All stories, videos,
audios or photographs must have been first published or premiered between
October 8, 2019, and October 7, 2020. Reproductions or republished material
from an earlier date will not be taken into consideration.
Are media team
No, all submissions
are individual. The AIPS Sport Media Awards do not establish quotas for participation
within the same media. Employees and freelancers are equally welcome to
Can I submit in
The official language
of the Awards is English, but you can submit in any language. An English
translation is advisable, but not customary.
What happen if I
don’t send an English translation of my submission?
submissions that do not have an English translation will be screened by a
native speaker belonging to the screening panel of experts, the Executive Committee,
the Jury or a representative of the respective national association. If found
valuable, it will be fully translated to English via a professional service.
For audio and video submissions, in the event of qualifying to the final round,
entrants might be asked for the script or subtitles in the original language.
Which are the main
categories in the AIPS Sport Media Awards?
There are 8 main
categories, as follows: two for Photography (1-Photo Action, 2-Portfolio), two
for Writing (3-Best Column, 4-Best Colour Piece), one for Audio (5-Audio),
three for Video (6-Short Feature, 7-Athlete Profile, 8-Documentary).
What are the
specifications for each category?
picture for Photo Action, Three to five pictures for Portfolio. Writing: no word
limit; books excerpts are not allowed. Audio: audio shows, podcasts and
commentary allowed, no time limit. Video: Short Feature, up to 10 minutes of
lenght. Ahtlete Profile and Documentary: Starting from 10 minutes without
What are the
prizes for the 8 main categories?
Winners of each
category will receive a US$ 8,000 prize plus a commemorative trophy.
Second-placed will earn US$ 3,000 and third-placed, US$ 2,000.
What is the Young
Reporter Under 30 category?
The Young Reporter
category is a special optional category that does not entitle to money prize,
reserved for those that were born since January 1, 1991. The Young Reporter
Under 30 category is split into three: 1-Best Young Reporter in Photography
(one sports photo), 2-Best Young Reporter in Writing (one article) 3-Best Young
Reporter in Broadcasting (a submission in audio or video). These categories
will select a direct winner, without second or third place. He/she will earn a
scholarship in a top international sporting event.
submissions per person are allowed?
Only two submissions
per person are allowed. All submissions must be sent using the website, www.aipsawards.com. Each submission must be sent in a
separate entry form.
Can I participate
in two different categories?
You can, as long as
your participation complies with the Rules of participation, including your
Can I submit two works
for the Young Reporter Under 30 category?
No, out of the two
available submissions per person, only one is allowed to participate in the
Young Reporter Under 30 category. Entrants are free to use the remaining one in
any of the main categories.
Can I send the two
submissions in the same entry form?
No. Each submission
should be made in a separate entry form, informing title, a short intro, link
(if applicable) and supporting material (proof of publication, translation,
PDFs, audio or video files). If two submissions are found in the same entry
form, users will be asked to correct it before deadline. If two or more
submissions are found in the same form, they will not be taken into
winner/finalist in the previos editions, can I still participate?
Definitely, you can.
How does the
selection process work?
All submissions are
screened and reviewed by a panel of AIPS experts. The first voting process
corresponds to the 24 members of the Executive Committee. The highest rated
works and the most voted ones go to the second round, in which the 11 members
of the Jury narrow the list down in two voting stages (Top 10, Top 3) to
eventually decide the three that will go to the final. The day before the
ceremony, the Jury meets again and vote for the winners.
Where did the
previous ceremonies take place?
The opening ceremony
(January 2019) was held in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Olympic capital as well
as the city where the AIPS headquarters were based. IOC president Thomas Bach
gave the opening speech. The second edition (February 2020) was held in
Budapest, Hungary, with the participation of FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
When will the
ceremony take place?
It is scheduled for
February 2021, in location to be announced depending on the circumstances that
the world is facing with the coronavirus pandemic.