GamesBids.com Producer Robert Livingstone has been nominated as a contender in the inaugeral International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Sport Media Pearl Awards it was announced Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.
The Executive Committee of AIPS has been studying more than 700 submissions from around the world across a range of categories involving written, audio, video and online journalism, and 85 have been nominated across all categories.
The judging panel, led by Gianni Merlo, AIPS President, is made up of 11 sport media professionals including NBA legend Yao Ming.
The top three finalists in each category will be invited to Abu Dhabi for an awards ceremony on December 15, with the chance to win the prestigious Pearl Trophy. The first prize winner will receive USD $10,000 while second and third prize winners each receive $5,000.
The nominated works will be presented at an exhibition in December ahead of the awards ceremony.
Livingstone has been nominated in the Journalist Weblog category for his work building dialogue around the Olympic bid process on GamesBids.com.
According to the rules, the category “will be judged on an individual’s capacity to engage, sustain and grow a web-based community around discussion of sport and exchange of opinions.”
Other categories include Photography, Writing, Audio, Video, and Sport For A Better World. Three further awards that were not open to submission will be given to recognize outstanding work in the categories ‘A Life in Sport’, ‘Investigative Reporting’ and ‘Best App’.
Managed by AIPS and hosted by Abu Dhabi Media, the Sport Media Pearl Awards have set out to celebrate the industry’s unsung heroes – the men and women who bring the drama of sporting achievement to life for a global audience. By showcasing the very best in sports journalism, they aim to help foster a new generation of talent.
“The Sport Media Pearl Awards play a very important role for the journalists’ profession that has recently faced difficult times,” Merlo said.
“This event is an opportunity to show that journalism is still alive and still fighting for its principles. In the awarded pieces, as well as in all submitted works, we can rediscover the pleasure of sport as an instrument of global culture.”
For a full ist of the nominees, follow this link.