Entries open for 2022 SJA British Sports Journalism Awards

Over 30 categories across written, broadcast and photography; deadline for entries is 18 January 2023, with awards night in London on 06 March

Jeff Stelling of Sky Sports won the prestigious Doug Gardner Award last time out

Entries are now open for the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards 2022.

The SJA British Sports Journalism Awards celebrate excellence among the country’s sports writers, photographers, broadcasters and editors, whether staff or freelance, working for nationals, regionals, daily or weekly newspapers, as well as specialist sports magazines, news agencies and digital platforms.

There are more than 30 categories to enter across sports writing, broadcasting and photography. The deadline for entries is midnight on 18th January 2023.

We are pleased to announce the awards once again will culminate in a gala ceremony taking place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge on Monday 6 March 2023. Tickets and tables will be available to purchase before the end of the year.

We are pleased to have Canon sponsor our photography awards again.

There are a few changes to the 2022 awards…

There are some new categories that span broadcast and written journalism.

Sports Content Organisation is a new headline award looking for the organisation that best serves their audience using original journalism, style and innovation.

The Social Media Journalism Award looks to recognise sports journalism, whether repackaged or designed specifically for a social media audience.

The written categories have seen the addition of Football News Reporter, an award designed to recognise a journalist’s ability to break football news stories and report at speed on football news issues.

Cricket and Rugby Journalist awards have filtered back into the Specialist Correspondent category and the Live Reporting Category has been removed. The Sports Scoop category no longer requires entry – a panel of expert judges will deliberate and select the single sports news story they felt had the greatest impact in the year.

The broadcast categories have had Audio Live Event Coverage and Television Live Event Coverage combine to create Broadcast Live Event Coverage. This category is open to audio, television, and digitally broadcast coverage. Sports Network has made way, with entrants encouraged to enter the aforementioned Sports Content Organisation category.

There is no movement in the photography categories, other than the obvious loss of the Olympic and Paralympic portfolios.

The Young Sports Writer category has had name changes in line with it’s broadcast counterparts to become a Ones to Watch category. The Ones to Watch Broadcast and Written categories are now open to under 30s (on 31 December 2022) or to those with less than two years of industry experience.

Visit the awards website for detailed category descriptions, rules and information on how to enter:

Become a member to get the discount!  Members’ fees are £20 per category, non-members £50, and annual membership is £30.

For a reminder of the winners and nominees last time out, click here and watch the video below…