Contests and Awards

IFAJ contests recognize the world’s best ag journalism

Reflecting the many ways agricultural journalists and communicators reach their audiences around the globe, IFAJ’s contests celebrate excellence in print, photography, audio, video and online media. Special awards for outstanding journalism on food security and leadership expand our offerings.

IFAJ’s award program is part of the Federation’s deep commitment to professional development. Participating and reviewing the entries provides all our members opportunities to learn from colleagues around the world and appreciate exposure to some of the industry’s best work.

We are grateful to our sponsors, and to our participants. For details on this year’s contest rules and links to previous years’ winning entries, click the links below.

Through our award program, IFAJ recognizes excellence in agricultural journalism—quite literally the best in the world.

The Star Prize for Excellence in Print recognizes the best agricultural writing of the year among journalists in IFAJ member countries. This is not an individual contest: each member guild is allowed to enter one article for judging.

The IFAJ Star Prize for Photography celebrates great images by agricultural journalists and communicators around the globe, and encourages individual entries by members of our member guilds.

The IFAJ Star Prize for Broadcast (Audio) recognizes the best piece produced primarily for broadcast for radio among journalists in IFAJ member countries. One entry per member country is submitted by IFAJ member guilds, not individual members.

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) invites member countries to participate in the IFAJ Broadcast Contest for Video. The award recognizes the best piece produced primarily for broadcast on television among journalists in IFAJ member countries.

The IFAJ Star Prize for Digital Media recognizes the growing impact of cross-platform story-telling, recognizing the year’s best utilization of at least three of the following: text, images, audio, video. Judges will look for pieces that use a range of contemporary tools to convey a story. Individual journalists and communicators may enter their own work to this contest.

The impacts of climate change on agriculture, forestry and fisheries” will be the topic of the IFAJ/FAO Award for Excellence in Global Food Security Reporting. The award, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) will be presented for the best article, broadcast or electronic media post on this topic in 2016. Deadline for entries is 1 February, 2017.

The IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award recognizes the leadership potential of young members from countries belonging to IFAJ, and supports their participation at an IFAJ congress through this award, designed to help offset travel and registration.