BREAKING NEWS

TV 

This award will go to a world-class example of essential journalism that captures events accurately as they happen, providing appropriate context and, as the story becomes clearer, offers audience a deeper understanding of the event. Your submission can cover a maximum of 48 hours after the story first breaks.

Entry Fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

CONTINUING NEWS COVERAGE

TV 

This award is for multiple reports within daily journalism about an ongoing story that evolves over days, weeks or months. The entry can be for either an unplanned breaking story that continues and develops over time or planned coverage of a known issue or event.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

POLITICS and BUSINESS

TV/VIDEO 

All our lives have been buffeted by the pandemic and, most recently, by war. Delivering clear coverage of politics and business in these challenging times is more important than ever and we’re searching for outstanding storytelling that can be easily absorbed by audiences who may be struggling to make sense of it all.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

DOMESTIC AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY

TV/VIDEO 

We want to see productions that reflect the interests of the audience of your channel or platform: health, home, crime or jobs could be the subject. Whatever the topic, we want the programme to ask important questions about why things are as they are in your country.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY

TV/VIDEO 

We want to see productions that reflect and explain the contemporary world at a time of profound change and uncertainty. Context will be key particularly when looking at subjects that the audience may not be familiar with. And of course the documentary will be thoroughly engaging for the viewer.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY

TV/VIDEO 

Our investigative documentary category will reward a production whether it focuses on a regional, national, or international issue that is important to the audience. We are looking for detailed research that provides incontrovertible evidence to support the investigation and allegations made in the programme.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

TV/VIDEO

Specialist factual includes programmes that explore and explain the world and makes us think about it differently. Any specialist factual subject is open for this award (for example arts and culture, history or religion), our winner will present their subject in a fresh and exciting way that doesn’t make it seem like a school lesson but is thoroughly compelling viewing.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

HUMAN INTEREST

TV/VIDEO

This award will go to a human-interest story that delivers impact through engaging and compassionate presentation, without resorting to sensationalism or hype. The programme will have broad and relatable appeal to viewers who will be able to identify and empathise with the story and those who feature in it.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

SPORTS JOURNALISM

TV/VIDEO 

The world of sport extends far beyond the track or field. Issues ranging from doping to match fixing, commercial deals to technological innovations have become as important for sports fans everywhere as the action itself. We are looking for outstanding reporting that give fans – and wider audiences – the best possible understanding of sport’s multi-billion dollar industry.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

NATURAL WORLD

TV?VIDEO 

This award will go to a production that connects the audience with the natural world around us. It should explain and provide fresh insight and not be afraid of tackling complex issues, but in an understandable way.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY

TV/VIDEO 

Our lives are being constantly shaped by science and technology and we need to understand the changes – good and bad – that are being made. That is where your programme comes in, having risen to the challenge of providing insight into, and understanding of, often deeply complex subjects.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

SHORT FEATURE

TV/VIDEO 

This category is designed for an outstanding topical or news feature with a running time between five and 20 minutes. The programme will provide the audience with  insight into the contemporary world. There are no boundaries or limitations to the subjects the short documentary can cover. We’re simply searching for outstanding and imaginative storytelling achieved within a cleverly and effectively produced short duration feature.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

NEWS COVERAGE

breaking or continuing

RADIO 

In the absence of pictures, clarity of description and scene-setting are key, so that the audience clearly understands what’s happening on the ground. The entry must show a good grasp of the issues and convey the facts and context to the audience in a clear and concise way showing sensitivity and compassion when appropriate.

Entry fee

AIB member £95
Non-member £145
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

INVESTIGATIVE

RADIO/AUDIO

Our investigative award is looking for regional, national or international productions that have worked hard to tell an important story. It may have been challenging to uncover, but whatever was involved, the production will have thoroughly engaged the audience.

Entry fee

AIB member £95
Non-member £145
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

HUMAN INTEREST

RADIO/AUDIO 

Our award will go to the production that has successfully told a story, or stories, that reflect the trials, tribulations, and successes of our fellow humans in an empathetic way.

Entry fee

AIB member £95
Non-member £145
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

RADIO/AUDIO 

Our Specialist Factual category covers arts and culture, history or religion, science or nature. We are looking for a production that is fresh and exciting, engaging listeners new to the subject whilst also offering new insight for those who are familiar with the topic.

Entry fee

AIB member £95
Non-member £145
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

STREAMING DOCUMENTARY

Ever greater numbers of documentaries are appearing on streaming platforms, appealing to new audiences. This new award will reward the real-life story that reaches out to those new consumers of factual content. There are no restrictions on the subject area: specialist factual, investigative, politics are all welcome. The only criterion is that the single or series must have been originally made for, and released on, a streaming platform.

Entry fee

AIB member £145
Non-member £195
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

FACTUAL PODCAST

We are looking for podcasts that have delivered intelligent insight into the world around us, giving people new perspectives on issues of topical interest away from the rigidity of the broadcast schedule. This is a category that is wide open, with no restriction on the subject or area.

Entry fee

AIB member £50
Non-member £75
All UK entries are subject to VAT at 20%

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