The O2 Media Awards for the North West have been expanded to cover three neighbouring counties in their ninth year.
Entries have opened for the annual awards, which will now allow publishers and broadcasters working in the bordering counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Flintshire to take part.
A total of 20 categories will recognise the best journalism in the region, including new awards for Website of the Year, Online Media and Broadcast Team of the Year.
And the search for the region’s best photographer has been expanded to include moving pictures in a new Images of the Year category, which is also open to video journalists and broadcast camera operators.
The awards, which are also sponsored by Capita this year, remain free to enter and winners will be announced at a ceremony in the autumn.
At last year’s awards, the parents of murdered soldier Lee Rigby handed out the News Reporter of the Year award to Neal Kealing from the Manchester Evening News for his coverage of the story.
Nicola Green, director of communications and reputation at O2, said the awards continued to celebrate the fantastic work of regional journalists in their communities.
She said: “The awards are a memorable part of the local media calendar and the awards presentation evenings never fail to be both uplifting and emotional.
“We are excitedly looking ahead to another fabulous competition which acknowledges the diversity, quality and passion of regional journalists.”
The deadline for entries is Thursday 16 July, with work published or broadcast between 17 August 2014 and 30 June 2015 eligible for the individual and team categories.
Entry forms are available by contacting Rossiter Media on 01829 741371 or by e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full list of categories is:
- Website of the Year
- Community Journalism Award
- Broadcast Presenter of the Year
- Feature Writer of the Year
- Sports Journalist of the Year
- Images of the Year
- Young Journalist of the Year
- Weekly Newspaper Journalist of the Year
- TV Journalist of the Year
- Radio Journalist of the Year
- News Reporter of the Year
- Specialist Writer of the Year
- Scoop of the Year
- Broadcast Team of the Year
- Newspaper/Magazine Team of the Year
- On-line Media Award
- Specialist Publication of the Year
- Weekly Newspaper of the Year
- Free Distribution Newspaper
- Daily Newspaper of the Year