LAUSANNE, January 2, 2019 – One year after the very start of the AIPS Sport Media Awards, AIPS is honored to announce the Top 3 finalists of its inaugural edition.
The first edition of the AIPS Awards received an outstanding total of 1273 submissions from 119 nations around the globe. In submitting their work for consideration for the eight categories, colleagues from across the globe engaged in a dialogue of sporting excellence. Such dialogue is crucial in highlighting the importance of sport media and the need to invest in its culture and independence.
THE JOURNEY From 1273 submissions to the final three, the journey included hours of dedication and deliberation from the 24-member AIPS Executive Committee and the international 12-member AIPS Sport Media Awards jury. The 160 member associations of AIPS were called on for their expertise and knowledge of local languages and media landscapes as a first step. Every submission of the AIPS Awards was judged by a native speaker on the way to the next phase.
Every submission, and every piece of input for national associations, Executive Committee and Jury members was a tribute to the unique level of internationality of the AIPS Awards, and the strength of the sports journalism community.
THE CEREMONY The Top 3 finalists of the AIPS Sport Media Awards, which represent the height of sports storytelling in all its forms, will be invited to attend the inaugural awards Ceremony to be held at the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 21, 2019.
Based on voting from the 11-member AIPS Sport Media Awards jury, the Top 3 finalists of the AIPS Sport Media Awards are:
PHOTOGRAPHY – SPORT ACTION
ALEXEY FILIPPOV, Fourcade, Sputnik (Russia)
NORBERT SCHMIDT, Mud Fight, Norbert Schmidt Sports Photo (Germany)
VINCENT RIEMERSMA, Skating Shadows, PZC (Netherlands)
PHOTOGRAPHY – PORTFOLIO
ADAM PRETTY, Budapest World Swimming Championships, Getty Images (Germany)
PATRICK B. KRAEMER, Aquatics, Magicpbk/EPA/Keystone (Switzerland)
XU LIU (刘 续), Young gymnasts, Xinhua news agency (China)
WRITING – BEST COLUMN
DUMITRU GRAUR, Tears of an old commentator, Sport in Romania (Romania)
IGOR RABINER, The Athletes or the Slaves? Rabiner Against of Boycotting Olympics, Sport-Express (Russia)
OLIVER BROWN, Gymnast Biles’ abuse scandal is lesson unlearned, The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom)
WRITING – BEST COLOUR PIECE
ANTJE WINDMANN, Der Mensch im Trikot, DER SPIEGEL (Germany)
CHRISTOF GERTSCH, 9.79 / Der gefallene Star (The fallen star), Das Magazin/Tamedia (Switzerland)
JOSÉ IGNACIO PÉREZ HERNÁNDEZ, “Yo jugué al fútbol en Auschwitz” (“I played football in Auschwitz”), MARCA (Spain)
VIDEO – DOCUMENTARY
DAN GOLDBERG, The Haka, Mint Pictures (Australia)
EMANUELA AUDISIO, 1968 – Sport & Revolution, La7 (Italy)
HE ZHU, The Football Roadmap, CCTV and Beijing SDT Media Co., Ltd (China)
VIDEO – ATHLETE PROFILE
ANTHONY AUDUREAU, Ousmane et la lutte enchantée (Ousmane, Sandguine wrestler), Demain Dakar (France)
EMANUELA AUDISIO, Pelé’s last show, Sky Arte Italy (Italy)
GREGG GROGGEL / PETER BERG, The People’s Fighters: Teofilo Stevenson and the Legend of Cuban Boxing, Olympic Channel (Spain)
AARON KEARNEY, Orchids Bloom, ABC Radio (Australia)
DARIO RICCI, Franco Nones: per tutto l’oro …del fondo (Franco Nones, at walking pace), Radio24 IlSole24Ore (Italy)
PIRMIN STYRNOL, Horst Eckel – Für immer ein Held von Bern (Horst Eckel – Forever a hero of Bern), SWR2 (Germany)
NICK BUTLER, Nick Butler: There is a gap between the values sport has, wants to have and should have, insidethegames.biz (United Kingdom)
UBALDO SCANAGATTA, Serena…Ramos aveva ragione! Osaka, che campionessa! (Ramos was right in Serena’s controversy! Osaka, what a champion!), Ubitennis.com (Italy)
YIN MA, Exclusive! A Wechat log between two legendary women, Lang Ping and Li Yan, highlighting their resiliance, We Love Volley (China)
* Submissions in each category in alphabetical order of name, not in order of votes