Saturday, April 04, 2009

JOURNALISM: Announcing a Journalism Contest: The Best Coverage of Conservation in the Caucasus Region (

Announcing a Journalism Contest: The Best Coverage of Conservation in the Caucasus Region, Tbilisi, 01 Apr 2009 - Open to journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia for stories on conservation issues published or broadcast between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009.

First prize: $1,000 (USD), a plaque and certificate of recognition;
Second Prize: $500 (USD), a plaque and certificate of recognition;
Third Prize: $200 (USD), a plaque and certificate of recognition;

Open to all media: print, radio and television.

Stories may originate in any language, but must be submitted with either a) a copy translated into Russian or English, b) a transcript of a radio segment translated into Russian or English or c) a video with subtitles in Russian or English. Radio and television stories may be submitted on compact disks accompanied by written scripts in the required languages. Print entries should be delivered as electronic files. Each applicant can submit no more than 2 stories;

Distinguished journalists from each country of the region will evaluate stories and select the winners.

An announcement of the winners and the best stories from the Caucasus will be posted on the Internet Web site of the Biodiversity Reporting Awards, together with winners from countries in Latin America and Africa.

Deadline for entries: June 9, 2009

Entries should be submitted by e-mail to: or by postal service to Tiniko Dvalishvili at the Caucasus Center for Journalists, 3/a Chitadze st.; Tbilisi, Georgia.

Questions? Contact Tiniko Dvalishvili at CCFJ, +995 (99) 58 55 71;

The contest and journalism training on this topic are administered by the International Center for Journalists, Washington, D.C., USA, with local partners led by CCFJ. These activities to encourage better coverage of the conservation of biodiversity in the region are sponsored by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), a joint venture of the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Conservation International.

Nature does not recognize national borders. CEPF works in five countries in the Caucasus – Europe’s most diverse region for plants and animals – to protect species and their habitat and encourage sustainable development.

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