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SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment 2021 (Win Various Prizes)

The Society of Environmental Journalists in the USA invites applications for 2021 Awards for Reporting on the Environment

SEJ’s 19th annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment continue to honor the best environmental journalism in 10 categories, bringing recognition to the most important stories on the planet.

Worth of Award

  • Prizes of $500 for first-place winners and $250 for second-place winners in all categories. Plus…
  • The Nina Mason Pulliam Award for the “best of the best” environmental reporting will award $10,000 to one entry selected from the first-place winners of SEJ’s Awards for Reporting on the Environment.
  • The prize also includes travel, registration and hotel expenses (up to $2,500) for the winner, or representatives of the winning team, to attend SEJ’s annual conference and be recognized at the awards presentation ceremony in September 2020, during SEJ’s 30th Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho.
  • All SEJ Awards first-place winners will be automatically entered into the Nina Mason Pulliam Award.


  • All journalists may enter unless they are on the SEJ Board of Directors, Awards Committee, SEJ staff or awards personnel.
  • Exceptions will be made if an SEJ board member is part of a group entry, provided that the board member did not play a significant role.
  • Entrants who were enrolled in a university, college or high school at the time the entry was published or aired are eligible to enter the Ray Reece student journalism contest.
  • Mid-career journalists who return to school, post-graduate students and students sharing a byline with non-students are not eligible for the student category.
  • Judges may enter, but not in a category in which they are judging.
  • Only journalism that is predominantly about an environmental subject is eligible for the contest. See category descriptions to determine what type of environmental story is eligible for each category.
  • The Awards Committee is the final authority for determining whether an entered story meets that standard.
  • ELIGIBLE ENTRIES: Only journalism that is published or broadcast in a media outlet accessible to the general public — including cable or online content — may be entered in the contest.
  • The original release date, except in the case of the Book Award, must be during the 12-month period from March 1, 2019, through the last day of February 2020.
  • Series that begin or end during the designated contest period qualify in their entirety, but may only be entered in one contest year.
  • Rules concerning the number of stories to be submitted for each category still apply.
  • Only stories published or aired by the original media outlet are eligible; republished or rebroadcast stories are not eligible.
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How to Apply

  • Read the category description and select what best fits your entry.
  • For help with categories, email [email protected] or call Chris Bruggers at 502-641-1844.
  • Click on the category title to enter the payment form.
  • After you’ve finished the payment process, you’ll be forwarded to the categories page where you can access the entry forms.
  • Record your invoice number — you need it to complete the entry form!
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Deadline: There is now NO late deadline or late fees. The final deadline for all is April 1, 2021.

Click here for more details and to apply