This annual competition represents a unique opportunity to have your work reviewed and showcased as the best Canadian-produced agricultural communications of the year. Get your best stuff together and enter in one of the 12 categories. The more entries and participation, the better the competition!
Deadline for all entries is June 29th, 2020
RULES & GUIDELINES
The Canadian Farm Writers’ and Broadcasters’ Awards Competition honours excellence in agricultural journalism, broadcasting, communications and photography. Please read the entry guidelines, rules and description carefully. Incomplete entries and entries submitted in the wrong category will not be accepted. If in doubt, please contact the Awards Program Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. This competition is open to any English-language written, audio or television story, as well as photography that is editorially generated and websites that are published or broadcast in English in Canada on an agricultural topic or issue between: January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
2. “Agriculture” refers to the production, processing and marketing of food and fiber in Canada. Eligible entries must cover some aspect of primary production of food, fiber and/or bio-products and/or agricultural business and/or public and private institutions that serve farmers. “Agriculture” DOES NOT include home gardening. Other entry restrictions may apply in individual category descriptions.
3. Submitting Entries
a) Fill out the online form and provide two electronic copy of a published version of each entry (preferably PDF, or JPEG acceptable). Entries will not be accepted if in Word document format. One copy that includes references to author's names and publications and one that has those references blacked out. See page 2 for the list of categories that require blackout entries.
b) If submitting multiple entries, please follow the instructions on the group entry page.
4. Employees – entries by government employees of material published in government publications or released to other media and/or entries written by employees of advertising and public relations agencies on behalf of clients doing business with farmers in Canada, are eligible where applicable.
5. Excerpts, condensations or serializations from books are inadmissible.
6. Series of articles or broadcasts may not be entered, although a single item from the series may be entered, and (in some categories) a single entry may include a main story and several short support stories or sidebars published in the same issue.
7. Only one entry is permitted per person per category.
8. Entries written or produced by a team of no more than three people may be submitted. Please make sure to note the additional team members in the Notes section on the online form.
9. Entry in one category as part of a team precludes an additional entry in that category by an individual member of the team.
10. All prizes will be awarded to individuals rather than to companies or government departments.
11. Blind judging will be done in applicable categories and entries will be judged without writer/publication identification. Please ensure all author and publication mentions are blacked out (labeled over, stroked out with dark marker, etc.) before submitting your entry.
12. Online items, such as blogs or e-newsletters, may be included in the following categories: General Periodical, Technical Feature, Press Column, Press Feature, News Release. For example, a blog entry would fall under the Press Column, depending on the other criteria of that category, or an e-newsletter can be entered in the General Periodical category.
JUDGING & AWARDS
Written and broadcast entries are judged for style, content, objectivity, balance and originality – unless otherwise stated in category descriptions.
News releases are judged for style, content and originality.
Photography entries are judged for technical clarity, creativity/originality and audience interest/impact.
The head judge will make the final decision on the eligibility of entries. Ineligible entries will be returned with entry fees. All entries submitted by CFWF members will receive a brief written critique from category judges. Entries from non-members or third party will not be returned or critiqued, unless the entry wins an award.
Thanks to the generous support of contributors and sponsors, the three top winners in each category receive a framed certificate and cash award – 1st place (Gold) $300, 2nd place (Silver) $200, 3rd place (Bronze) $100. Winners will be announced at the virtual awards ceremony which will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2020. CFWF reserves the right to use the entries of the winners in the awards presentation program and for exhibit or display, but not for sale or profit.
**Winners may also be automatically submitted to IFAJ contests, depending on the criteria for the contest. Winning entries in IFAJ contests could earn up to 500 Euros in cash, plus a trophy and certificate. Eligible entries may require additional information for entry to the IFAJ contests. Winners will be contacted by the CFWF awards coordinator if information is required.
1. Electronic Media – Video · The Jack McPherson Award
To be awarded to the best video news story or feature broadcast by a Canadian medium less than 15 minutes in length on an agricultural topic. Please note, that for every minute over the maximum allowable time, one (1) point will be taken off the entry’s final score. Format may include television broadcasts, webcasts, short films and other analog or digital formats accessible to a public audience. Copies of video entries must be provided via a website link, in AVI, MP4, MOV, MPEG or WMV file format.
2. Electronic Media - Audio · The Tom Leach Award
To be awarded to the best audio news story or feature broadcast by a Canadian medium of less than 15 minutes in length on an agricultural topic. Please note, that for every minute over the maximum allowable time, one (1) point will be taken off the entry’s final score. Format may include radio broadcasts, podcasts or other analog or digital formats accessible to a public audience. Copies of audio entries must be provided via a website link or MP3 file format.
3. News Release · The Alice Switzer Award
To be awarded to the best news release published by a Canadian organization, institution or company intended to provide information to a targeted audience about an agricultural topic.
4. General Periodical · The Felix Schmaltz Award
To be awarded to the best periodical providing information to an intended audience about an agricultural topic. A periodical is any publication, or section thereof, not specifically covered by one of the other award categories, including (but not restricted to) newsletters, journals, e-newsletters, research magazines, booklets, reports, etc. and which DOES NOT contain paid advertising from an external source.
5. Technical Feature · The Peter Lewington Award
To be awarded to the best feature article published by a Canadian medium that provides advisory information on practical farm management techniques leading the intended audience to consider whether to adopt the ideas and techniques mentioned on their farms and should include “how-to” information as well as the benefits and limitations that can be achieved. A technical feature will be judged on whether it meets its specific audience's needs and will include a farmer on the judging panel.
6. Press Column · The Frank Jacobs Award
To be awarded to the best single column published by a Canadian medium for an intended audience on an agricultural topic. A press column should be a regular, standing column that includes personal observation, feelings and other techniques written with originality and fresh insight, appearing on the editorial pages, blogs, or elsewhere.
7. Press Editorial · The O.R. Evans Award
To be awarded to the best single editorial published by a Canadian medium for an intended audience on an agricultural topic that appears on an editorial page, section, or blog. Editorials should tackle issues and take a position, presenting strong arguments using fact and logic, leading to clear conclusion to influence the reader.
8. Press Feature · The Dick Beamish Award
To be awarded to the best agricultural feature article published by a Canadian medium for an intended audience regardless of publication frequency. A feature should have strong imagery and quotations, solid research, originality and creativity. The feature should help the reader understand issues, places or people more thoroughly.
9. Monthly Press Reporting · The Jack Cram Award
To be awarded to the best single news story on an agricultural topic for an intended audience by a Canadian medium published on a monthly basis. The story should be of a hard-news nature and present an issue or news event clearly with strong quotes, facts, balance, background and ramifications of a development. Originality and style are important elements in this category.
10. Weekly Press Reporting · The Q.H. Martinson Award
To be awarded to the best single news story on an agricultural topic for an intended audience by a Canadian medium published on a weekly basis. The story should be of a hard-news nature and present an issue or news event clearly with strong quotes, facts, balance, background and ramifications of a development. Originality and style are important elements in this category.
11. Daily Press Reporting · The C.B. Fairbairn Award
To be awarded to the best single news story on an agricultural topic for an intended audience by a Canadian medium published on a daily basis. The story should be of a hard-news nature and present an issue or news event clearly with strong quotes, facts, balance, background and ramifications of a development. Originality and style are important elements in this category.
12. Photography · The John Phillips Award
NEW! There are three categories in which you can enter a maximum of one entry per category:
People: The people of agriculture and rural communities
Production: Crops, livestock, pests and the technologies or processes of producing food, feed, fuel or fibre
Nature/Landscape/Rural Scenes: Images that highlight rural flora, fauna, atmosphere or scenery
Each category will be awarded to the best single photograph published by a Canadian medium, in either black and white or colour, that relies on composition and the fullest use of the medium in order to portray found situations or news coverage on an agricultural topic conveying elements of human interest and providing an interesting perspective of commonplace subjects.
NEW! From amongst the winners of each category, judges will select an overall winner as "CFWF Photo of the Year".
Photography entries must be provided as high-resolution (minimum 300dpi). All photo entries must also include an electronic version or photocopy of an original tear sheet or web page printout for verification purposes.
How to create smaller PDFs - Compress PDF
How to merge PDFs (multiple pages of one entry) - Merge PDFs
How to create a ZIP File - ZIP File
HOW TO ENTER
Follow these steps for how to submit your entries. Note: all entries must be submitted by June 29th, 2020 to be eligible. Late entries will not be accepted.
1. Read the Rules and Guidelines carefully, especially the category descriptions and blind judging procedure.
2. Choose the appropriate category for your entry (only one entry per category).
3. Black out ALL references to your name and publication to facilitate blind judging for the following categories: News Release, Technical Feature, Press Column, Press Editorial, Press Feature, Monthly Press Reporting, Weekly Press Reporting, and Daily Press Reporting.
4. Submit one entry package with all your entries online at www.cfwf.ca.
5. When uploading your entry (or entries), please be sure to label the file clearly as "ENTRY TITLE_AUTHOR" OR "ENTRY TITLE_AUTHOR_blackout"
6. Please ensure that each entry is one PDF file. To find out how to merge multiple pages, go to the Useful Resources and Links section found below.
7. Large files may take longer to upload, please do not refresh the page. If you have trouble uploading a file, first check the file size. To compress the file, visit the website mentioned in the Useful Resources and Links section entitled “How to create smaller PDFs”.
8. For group entries (submitting on behalf of more than one person). Follow go to the group entry form. You will need to fill out an excel sheet with all the required info and create a ZIP file with all the entries. entries that require information to be blacked out must be labeled "ENTRY TITLE_AUTHOR_Black out" and entries that are not blacked out must be labeled "ENTRY TITLE_AUTHOR". Then you must upload both the excel sheet and the ZIP file to the payment form. For more information follow the instructions on the group entry web page.
9. Entry Fees (Please note there is no fee for the Daily Press Reporting category).
CFWF member (Dues paid) $20 per entry
Non-members $30 per entry
Third party $20 per entry (entries must be paid by the CFWF member submitting them on behalf of the non-member.)
10. All entries must be registered online. Entries should be submitted online for ease of judging, but if an entry must be shipped, it must arrive by June 29, 2020 with the entry fee, to:
2020 CFWF Awards
Attn: Alexandra Hayden
PO Box 250
Awards are Open!
The 2020 Awards Competition will open until June 29th, 2020.