European Astronomy Journalism Prize
The European Astronomy Journalism Prize is organised by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in conjunction with the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). The prize aims to encourage a wider coverage of astronomy and related subjects in the media to inspire the next generation of astronomers.
Entries for the prize must be about astronomy and related areas of technology, or about the work and lifestyles of astronomers, engineers or others working in the field of astronomy. The entries must reflect European interests and they can be online, written or broadcast.
Entry is open to journalists, students of recognised journalism courses, students working towards a recognised qualification in astronomy, or holders of a recognised qualification in astronomy, whose work is published or broadcast and is accessible to the general public. Entries from all ESO Member States are welcome.
- The STFC competition webpage
- The Very Large Telescope
- Royal Astronomical Society
- Association of British Science Writers
The 2014 European Astronomy Journalism Prize
The 2014 European Astronomy Journalism Prize was launched on 18 August 2014. The first prize is a trip to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. An international astronomy facility, ALMA is a partnership of Europe represented by ESO, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile.
The 2013 European Astronomy Journalism Prize
The 2013 European Astronomy Journalism Prize was launched on 3 June 2013. The prize was expanded to accept entries in English from all ESO Member States. The first prize was a trip to ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.
- First prize: Stuart Clark, New Scientist
- Highly commended: Sandra Kropa, skymania.com
- Highly commended: Jonathan Amos, BBC
The 2012 European Astronomy Journalism Prize
The 2012 European Astronomy Journalism Prize — a competition to capture and promote inspirational coverage of European astronomy — was launched on 29 March 2012 at the UK National Astronomy Meeting 2012. The first prize was a trip to ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. The competition was open to journalists who published their work in United Kingdom.
- First prize: Katia Moskvitch, BBC
- Special prize for excellence: Robin McKie, The Observer
- Highly commended: Maggie McKee, New Scientist