Twelve UK entries still vying for AIPS Sport Media Awards as Top 10s announced

Strong British showing continues in sixth edition of annual event celebrating excellence in global sports journalism, broadcasting and photography; UK entries still in with a chance of success in seven of the 11 categories; top-three podiums to be announced before awards ceremony in Spain at end of April…

By Jon Holmes

Suzy Wrack, recently named the SJA Women’s Sport Journalist of the Year, has two entries on Top 10 lists as the AIPS Sport Media Awards process nears a conclusion.

The Top 10s are out for the sixth annual edition of the AIPS Awards, with the entries having been whittled down once more. There had been over 70 UK entries on the longlists previously announced, with the British contingent then reduced to 32 on the shortlists.

Guardian writer Wrack is up for both Column and Colour Piece in the AIPS awards writing section. Joining her in the latter category is The Independent’s Natalie Berry.

Also still in the running from these shores is The Athletic’s Adam Leventhal who is entered alongside Adonis Pratsides in Audio for their documentary ‘Go Deeper: Football on Turkey’s Fault Line’ – another recent winner at the SJA Awards.

Two-time SJA Sports Photographer of the Year Adrian Dennis is in contention in the AIPS Photography Sport Action category, alongside another British entrant in Sam Barnes.

Tim Clayton and David Shopland remain in the hunt in the Portfolio category.

Last year, there was a clean sweep of wins for British photographers as Oli Scarff, John Walton and Will Palmer all triumphed in their respective categories, while Louis Myles claimed the Video Documentary honours for the second time in three years.

Myles is going for glory once again, with ‘Mighty Penguins’ – which won the silver medal at the SJA 2023 Awards – making the AIPS Top 10 too.

Sky News’ Rob Harris and freelancer Ed Knowles are also vying for the Documentary award.

Finally, Jack Bantock is one of five remaining entrants hoping to make it through in the Young Reporters Writing category.

Next to come from AIPS is the podium announcements. Those selected in each category’s Top 3 will be invited to attend the awards ceremony, which will be part of the annual AIPS Congress in Santa Susanna, Spain, in late April.

Here are the AIPS Sport Media Awards 2023 categories in which UK entrants were placed in the Top 10, with their names and entry details. Follow the category titles to see Top 10s in full…


Adam Leventhal, Adonis Pratsides, Football on Turkey’s Fault LineThe Athletic

Photography Portfolio

Tim Clayton, Tim Clayton PortfolioGetty Images

David Shopland, Lionel Messi World Cup Final 2022 DohaShutterstock

Photography Sport Action

Sam Barnes, Falling Femke – Sportsfile

Adrian Dennis, Wimbledon Dive – AFP

Video Documentary

Rob Harris, Power Game: The Story Of Qatar 2022Sky News

Edward Knowles, Heavy Metal: Women’s Weightlifting in a Palestinian Refugee CampFreelance

Louis Myles, Mighty PenguinsMeadow Lark

Writing Best Colour Piece

Natalie Berry, Mountain man: the miraculous life of Reinhold Messner, the world’s most controversial climberThe Independent

Suzanne Wrack, Holding gymnastics to account – why one alleged victim of sexual abuse is speaking outThe Guardian

Writing Best Column

Suzanne Wrack, Luis Rubiales’ actions are not abnormal, they are symptomatic of the systemThe Guardian

Young Reporters Writing

Jack Bantock, For nearly 50 years, only Black men caddied The Masters. One day, they all but vanishedCNN

Congratulations to all the above and good luck for the next stage!

AIPS Sport Media Awards news index (AIPS Media)

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