The Press Institute of India, Chennai and the International Committee of the Red Cross, New Delhi are organising a competition for the best three articles and best three photographs on a humanitarian subject. The article or photograph should have been published in any national or regional newspaper or magazine in India between 1 April 2018 and 15 May 2019, and can be in English or in any Indian or regional language (English translations required). Only one entry is allowed per individual. Entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to the Press Institute of India, RIND Premises, Second Main Road, Taramani CPT Campus, Chennai 600113 by 31 July 2019.
The theme for this year is ‘Impact of Climate Change on Humanitarian Issues’. The top three prizes in each category are Rs.100,000, Rs.70,000 and Rs.40,000, respectively.
Last year, in the Best Article Category, Rakhi Ghosh, an independent journalist working in Odisha, won the first prize for her article that appeared on the Village Square website, ‘Kanas villagers make water safe through simple interventions’. Sarita Santoshini, based in Guwahati, writing for IndiaSpend, bagged the second prize for best article, ‘Text messages save lives in state with highest maternal deaths’. The third winner in the same category, Maitri Porecha, was awarded for her insightful article, ‘Mobile phones hand-hold mothers through pregnancy’, published in Daily News and Analysis (DNA). Special awards were presented in the Best Article category to Tabassum Barnagarwala, Indian Express, Mumbai; Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed, Frontline, Bengaluru; and Rakhee Roytalukdar, Grassroots, Jaipur.
Last year, in the Best Photography category, Neeraj Gautam, senior photojournalist with Rajasthan Patrika, won the first prize. Special award in the Best Photography category was presented to Indranil Mukherjee of Agence France-Presse, Mumbai.