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EDF Energy London and South of England media awards open for entry

Entries are being invited for the EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards.

The awards, run in association with, are open to print and broadcast journalists working in Dorset, Hampshire, East and West Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London.

There are 19 categories to enter, and newspaper staff can enter as many relevant categories as they wish, with no entry fee.

Categories for individuals include:

– Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)
– Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)
– Radio Journalist of the Year
– Television Journalist of the Year
– Newcomer of the Year
– Feature Writer of the Year
– News Photographer of the Year
– Sports Journalist of the Year
– Business Journalist of the Year
– Environmental Journalist of the Year
– Columnist of the Year

Categories for newspapers and broadcasting companies comprise:

– Daily Newspaper of the Year
– Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for)
– Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free)
– Front Page of the Year
– Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
– Television News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
– Website of the Year
– Community Campaign of the Year

Invitations are going out to journalists and businesses across the region to attract the very best work from regional newspapers, radio and television.

The entry form can be downloaded and printed out from here. It also contains some guidelines to help you enter. Each entry should accompanied by a separate entry form, endorsed by the relevant company executive.

Award winners will receive a certificate and individual journalists who emerge as the winners will receive a £100 prize.

Last year’s event attracted more than 150 entries from 50 or so publications and broadcasters.

Holdthefrontpage publisher Patrick Astill said: “After last year’s success, we’re hoping journalists will once again be able to send in their work to show off the wealth of talent in this region.

“The articles and clips last year showed how our local news outlets can match the very best in terms of subject matter, writing, depth and grabbing the attention of readers, viewers and listeners.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what made the news during the past 12 months.”

The awards event itself will be in October where lunch will be provided courtesy of EDF Energy, one of the largest energy companies in the UK.

A top sporting personality is being lined up to present the awards.

Last year the Daily Echo in Bournemouth was named Daily Newspaper of the Year, also scooping Columnist of the Year, with a win for Faith Eckersall, and Environmental Journalist of the Year, with Natalie Bruckner named the winner.

The Gravesend Messenger and Croydon Guardian won the titles of Paid-For Weekly and Free Weekly Newspaper of the Year.

Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday August 24, and should be sent to:

Patrick Astill,
Ground Floor,
East Point,
Cardinal Square,
10 Nottingham Road,
Derby DE1 3QT.

Questions or queries about the awards or the event itself, should be e-mailed to or