Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize

Deadline: 31 August 2011
Open to: journalists that have published works that address human rights and/or democracy and/or development, and have as its background the developing world
Prize: 1st prize: EUR 5 000, 2nd prize: EUR 2 500, 3rd prize: EUR 1 500

Established in 1992 by the European Commission, the Lorenzo Natali Prize is awarded to journalists for outstanding reporting on Human Rights, Democracy and Development issues.
To organize the Lorenzo Natali Prize, the European Commission works closely with the Reporters Without Borders, winner of the Sakharov Prize in 2005. The Prize has numerous regional multipliers.


Three print and online press winners from each of the five geographic areas – Africa, The Arab World and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean – will receive prize money (1st prize: EUR 5 000, 2nd prize: EUR 2 500, 3rd prize: EUR 1 500) and a trophy.
The two winners of the Special TV Prize and Special Radio Prize, drawn from entries from all regions, will be awarded EUR 5 000 each.
The Lorenzo Natali Grand Prize of an additional EUR 5 000 will be awarded to the winning journalist(s) submitting the best piece of work overall, as determined by an independent Grand Jury.
All Prize winners will be the special guests of the European Commission at an Awards Ceremony organised in their honour in December 2011.


In order to apply you need to sign up HERE and submit your completed application. Take time to read the RULES to make sure you know what you need to do to get your entry ready on time.

  • Entrants have to fill out the online application form and supply one piece of published journalism – either print, online, radio or television – and a summary of that item in the accepted languages. See the RULES section for detailed information for each media, or SIGN UP to see the application form.
  • The piece of journalism must have been published or broadcast in one of five regions: Africa; the Arab World and the Middle East; Asia and the Pacific; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean
  • In the online application form, you can indicate either the country of the media or the country where your article or report was published.
  • If your article or script is not originally in one of the 23 EU languages, you must submit a translation of it and a summary in either English or French or Spanish.
  • A summary of 2 000 characters including spaces must accompany all entries. It must be carefully written as it will form the basis of the pre-selection process.
  • The deadline for submitting entries is 31 August 2011. The items must have been published or broadcast between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011.

The European Commission wants to use the Natali Prize to promote development, human rights and democracy in the developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and in the Arab World and the Middle East. Any article dealing with these areas is accepted. A better explanation of these terms can be found in the PRIZE SECTION.

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