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Who can take part?

The Competition is open to anyone who has published an article about Belarus for non-Belarusian media in 2013.

There are no restrictions on nationality, citizenship, or place of residence. We particularly encourage Belarusian nationals to enter. The Competition is not open to employees of Solidarity for Belarus Information Office or their family members, or anyone else directly connected to the Competition.

Professional or beginner journalist? 

In ’Belarus in Focus 2013’, there are two categories:

Professional journalists: A professional journalist is understood as a journalist who has worked for more than 3 years as a journalist, or other professionals who have published for over 3 years in media.

Beginner journalists: A beginner journalist is understood as a journalist who has worked for less than 3 years as a journalist, or other professionals/students who have published for less than 3 years in media. There is no age bracket.

What articles can I submit?

Articles that fulfill these criteria will be accepted into the competition:

·         It is an article about Belarus published online or in print (radio and TV reports will be accepted if they have been published as an accompanying article on a website).

·         It has been published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

·         It has been published in media outside of Belarus whose main target audience is non-Belarusian

·         If written in a language other than English, it is accompanied by a translation into English/ is in a language read by at least one jury member (Danish, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, and Ukrainian).

Are there any other conditions?

Before entering the competition, please also be aware that:

  • You may submit up to 2 articles.

  • Co-written articles will be accepted.

  • You should have permission from the chief editor of the newspaper/magazine/electronic media that published your article (the online form will ask you to tick a box to confirm this).

  • Incomplete entries, or entries on behalf of another person, will not be accepted.

  • Any evidence of plagiarism may result in your work being removed from the Competition. 

When is the deadline?

The competition is open for entries until midnight on Monday, January 20, 2014 (n.b. your article should have been published in 2013). 

Any entries received after this date will not be accepted. The organizers reserve the right to change the closing date. In such a case, an announcement will be placed on the website.

Please do not leave it until the last minute!

How can I enter?

Please fill in the online application form here. If you have any questions or difficulties, contact focus@solidarityby.eu

How will articles be judged?

Entries will be evaluated by a jury made up of different nationalities and from different backgrounds. Working at long distance, judges will reach a final decision by Monday, February 17, 2014. When possible, judges will read your article in its original language.

The panel will judge the articles in two rounds. If two or more entrants receive the same number of points, the panel will revote. If there is no consensus following the second re-voting, the chairman of the panel will make the decision.

The panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into with entrants.

What if my article is in a language other than English?

You do not need to provide a translation into English if your article is in a language read by at least one jury member. This year, the languages are: Danish, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, and Ukrainian.

If your article is accepted into the second round, it will be translated into English for the other jury members (due to budget limitations, we are unable to offer translation of all articles submitted).

At the same time, we strongly recommend that you submit your article in English so that the competition audience may appreciate what you are writing about and so that it may be considered by more than one jury member in the first round.

What is the prize?

The following prizes are available:

Professional journalists: x 3 prizes of 500 EUR;

Beginner journalists: x 3 prizes of 300 EUR*

In addition, six winners/other participants will be invited to attend a two-day workshop together with journalists from independent Belarusian media. Sessions will be led by media experts, including jury members. It will be held in Warsaw in spring 2014. See the photogallery for last year’s workshop.

Travel expenses, food, and accommodation will be covered for those invited to attend the workshop. Please note: due to limited funds, we will only pay for return tickets to Warsaw from a destination within Europe.

*Prize money will be transferred to the bank accounts of winners within one month after the award ceremony has taken place. Winners will be responsible for paying any taxes that are due.

How will the winners be announced?

Winners and finalists will be announced on the competition website and contacted by Monday, February 17, 2014. The finalists will be invited to a two-day workshop in spring 2014, in Warsaw. Winners will be awarded at a ceremony to be held during the journalist workshop.

See winners and finalists from Belarus in Focus 2011 and Belarus in Focus 2012

Who is organizing the competition?

‘Belarus in Focus’ is held by Solidarity with Belarus Information Office (Warsaw) in cooperation with Press Club Belarus and Press Club Polska (Warsaw).

Information partners include: Belarusian PEN Centre (Minsk), Civic Belarus (Prague), European Federation of Journalists (Brussels), my.media (Kiev), TeleKritika (Kiev), n-ost, the Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe (Berlin), Office for a Democratic Belarus (Brussels), and Ostgruppen (Sweden).

’Belarus in Focus 2013’ is kindly supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and NIRAS

Key dates

Thursday, October 17, 2013:

Competition announced

Monday, January 20, 2014:

Deadline for submissions

Monday, February 17, 2014:

Winners announced on ‘Belarus in Focus’ competition website

Spring 2014:

Two-day international journalist workshop in Warsaw

Contact us

Email: focus@solidarityby.eu

Facebook: facebook.com/SolidarityBY

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