Five things to know ahead of AIPS Sport Media Awards 2019 ceremony

LAUSANNE, January 29, 2020 – With five days to the AIPS Sport Media Awards ceremony, which will crown the best sports storytellers from across the world at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest on February 3, AIPS Media has compiled five interesting facts to bear in mind for the big occasion.

The jury will meet in Budapest on February 2 to determine the winners. Each eligible award consists of an original trophy and prize money of USD 8.000 for the winner; second placed will receive USD 3.000 and third placed USD 2.000

The Awards gala, which will celebrate sport media excellence, will be broadcast on Sport 1 television channel in Hungary and also streamed live on Facebook, @AIPSMedia.

The 83rd AIPS Congress will open a day after the ceremony and you can view the full programme here.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Getty Images’ Adam Pretty is the only defending champion among the finalists that have been announced for the second edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards. Will he be crowned winner in the Photography Portfolio category for the second time in a row? We will find out on February 3.

AUDISIO The 2018 edition of the Awards featured a participant with two submissions in the final. Emanuela Audisio from Italy took home the first prize for her Documentary “1968 – Sport & Revolution”, and settled for second place in the Athlete Profile category with Pelé’s Last Show. With the final shortlist of nominees for the 2019 edition now known, it is obvious that Audisio’s feat will remain exclusive to her for at least another year.

1968: Meanwhile for a second consecutive year, a video documentary about 1968 will vie for honours at the Awards ceremony.  The silent black power protest of African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the Olympic Games in Mexico City became one of the enduring images of the twentieth century. 1968 was a year that left an indelible mark on history across the world. A year of seismic social and political change marked by burgeoning war, high-profile assassinations, civil rights movements, protests, revolutions and even famine. And five decades after, tales of its triumphs and tragedies still resonate.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL Coming off a breakthrough year for women’s football, the AIPS Sport Media Awards gala stage will recognize three pieces centred on both the dark and bright sides of the women’s game; from the heartbreaking revelation of physical and sexual abuse in Afghanistan, to the experience of finally watching a match in the “forbidden” Azadi stadium in Iran, and the celebration of three women who are making a mark in German football.

ALL CONTINENTS: Every continent will be represented on the podium in this second edition of the Awards. The Americas (North and South) and Africa failed to make the final shortlist in the last edition. This is with regards to the country of the participants.

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