About

 

Welcome to the 30th Annual SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

The SAB Environmental Media Awards seek out to recognise and reward the work of dedicated members of the South African Environmental Media who excel in their reportage of all current environmental matters.

Over the last 30 years, SAB has made a commitment to keep these awards in line with best global practice, listening in earnest to the feedback received from the environment media in South Africa at large and ensuring the Awards are reflective of both the local and global media landscape.

The categories for the 2018 are as follows:

  • Written Media Award (Print and Online)
  • Photography Award (Print and Online)
  • Video Media Award (Television and Online)
  • Audio Media Award (Radio and Online)
  • The Macqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award for environmental journalists with less than two years' experience in the Industry.
  • Nick Steele Memorial Award for the Environmentalist of the Year.

Entrants for the SAB Environmental Media Awards and Environmentalist of the Year 2017 should submit work produced between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018.

Please Note: You need to register to either enter the SAB Environmental Media Awards or nominate someone for the SAB Environmentalist of the Year 2018.

Entries open at 08:00 on Monday, 30th July 2018 and close at 17:00 on Tuesday 4th September 2018.

Winners will be announced at an awards breakfast on Tuesday, 23rd October at Summer Place in Sandton.

Judges

 

The Judges for the SAB Environmental Media Awards 2016 have been selected based on their expertise and experience in the media as well as their commitment to and knowledge of the environment and environmental issues.

Each judge has been selected to judge a specific category with the exception of The Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub and Nick Steele Environmentalist of the Year Awards which are judged by the entire judging panel.

Judging Process

 

Once the competition has closed, each judge has the opportunity to score the submitted entries for their specific category. These entries are judged according to scorecards that are provided to each judge.

Once this process is complete, all judges meet with auditing firm Grant Thornton where the final scores are tallied.

The top finalists are then discussed in an open forum and then voting for the overall winners and merit winners is decided upon.

This is done by private ballot.

In the event of a tie a second round of voting will take place with the auditors present.

In the event of a second tie, the convenor gets the casting vote.

If the judges believe none of the entries in a category are of a sufficiently high standard, no award will be given.

The entire process is audited by Grant Thornton to ensure it is fair and transparent.

Judging Critera

 

The Judges: Selection Process

The Judges for the SAB Environmental Media Awards 2016 have been selected based on their expertise and experience in the media as well as their commitment to and knowledge of the Environment.

The judges will look at:

  • The overall quality, impact and integrity of the work
  • Tailoring the work for the target audience
  • Creative flare
  • Originality

All entries will be judged in the original language in which they were published or broadcast, where appropriate.

Catgeories

 

The Categories and Sub-Categories for the SAB Environmental Media Awards 2018 are listed below along with the prize monies for the overall winner in each category.

All Main category winners including the Nick Steele Memorial Award for Environmentalist of the Year, receive a cash prize of R25,000. All merit winners each receive a cash prize of R3,000 each.

The winner of the Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award will receive R15,000 prize money.

Audio Media (Includes Radio and Online)

The winner is the person who has made the biggest contribution to the field of environmental journalism over the past year in the Audio Media category.

Nick Steele Memorial Award

This award is for the person/s who has/have made a significant positive contribution to the South African Environment.

Photography

The photographer who has consistently produced excellent photographic work over the course of the year either in print or online.

Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award - Sub Category – Audio Media

This award honours environmental journalists with less than two years experience in the Industry. The overall winner is voted from the finalists in each sub-category.

Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award - Sub Category – Photography

This award honours environmental journalists with less than two years experience in the Industry. The overall winner is voted from the finalists in each sub- category.

Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award - Sub Category – Video Media

This award honours environmental journalists with less than two years experience in the Industry. The overall winner is voted from the finalists in each sub- category.

Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award - Sub Category – Written Media

This award honours environmental journalists with less than two years experience in the Industry. The overall winner is voted from the finalists in each sub-category.

Video Media (Includes Television and Online)

The winner is the journalist who the judges feel has made the largest contribution to Environmental Journalism over the past year in the Video Media category.

Written Media (Includes Print and Online)

The winner is the environmental journalist who is judged to have contributed the most in terms of consistent and excellent environmental journalism over the eligibility period in the Written Media Category.

Past Winners

 

The winners of the SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year 2017 were:

Written Media (Print and Online)

Winner:
Mark Olalde: Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism

Merit Winner:
Sipho Kings: Mail & Guardian

Merit Winner:
Sheree Bega: Saturday Star

Photography Award (Print and Online)

Winner:
Jay Caboz: Forbes Africa

Merit Winner:
Susan Scott: Scott DeBod Films

Merit Winner:
Sandile Ndlovu: The Sowetan

Video Media Award (Television and Online)

Winner:
Sasha Schwendenwein: Carte Blanche

Merit Winner:
Carol Albertyn: Carte Blanche

Merit Winner:
Anne-Marie van Niekerk: Carte Blanche

Audio Media (Radio and Online)

Winner:
Minoshni Pillay: SABC Radio

Merit Winner:
Reginald Witbooi: SABC Radio

Merit Winner:
Monique Mortlock: EWN

Nick Steele Memorial Award for the Environmentalist of the Year

Winner:
Lewis Pugh

Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award

No award given