Overseas Press Club of America

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Annual awards for INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE in Newspapers, News Services, Digital, Magazines, Radio, Podcasts, Television, Video, Cartoons, Books and Photography.

ELIGIBILITY: Work must be published or broadcast in the U.S. or by a U.S.-based company or be accessible to an American audience for the first time during 2020 with reporting primarily outside the U.S.

GENERAL DEADLINE: January 31, 2021

CORNELIUS RYAN BOOK AWARD DEADLINE: January 10, 2022

AWARDS DINNER - April 21, 2022 at Cipriani 25 Broadway 


GENERAL RULES
Entries can be submitted only through the OPC’s online submission process which will include the application, the work and a brief statement explaining why the entry deserves consideration. Material may be the work of an individual, group or staff but must be on one subject or theme.

Each entry is $200, and payment options will be outlined on the application page when it goes live.

Organizations submitting 5 or more entries must pay by check and e-mail a master list of all entries to the OPC office. 

Freelancers who find it difficult to pay the full fee should contact info@opcofamerica.org for information about financial aid.

The same piece of work may be entered in more than one category, but each entry must comply with the rules for the individual category.

One organization may submit up to five entries per award, but each entry must comply with the rules for the individual category.

Books can be submitted only for the Olivier Rebbot Award and the Cornelius Ryan Award.

All award winners receive a certificate and a $1,000 prize.

Only one saved “draft” is allowed at one time per category in Submittable. Once an entry is submitted, the submitter cannot edit the content of the submission.

JUDGING

Head judges have the discretion to move an entry to another award if they feel that the entry is submitted in an inappropriate category.

CONTEST INFORMATION

All questions concerning the awards should be directed to Patricia Kranz, Executive Director of the Overseas Press Club of America, email info@opcofamerica.org or call 917 971-0746.

ENTRIES CANNOT BE RETURNED. SUBMITTING WILL ASSUME PERMISSION FOR THE ENTRY TO APPEAR IN THE OPC MAGAZINE DATELINE, ON THE OPC WEBSITE AND IN OPC PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS FOR THE AWARDS DINNER AND/OR COMPETITION.

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A complete list of the 22 awards follows:

Newspapers, News Services, Print or Digital

The Hal Boyle Award

Best newspaper, news service or digital reporting from abroad.

The Bob Considine Award

Best newspaper, news service or digital interpretation of international affairs.

The Ed Cunningham Award

Best magazine-style, long-form narrative feature in print or digital on an international story.

The Malcolm Forbes Award

Best international business news reporting in newspapers, news services, magazines or digital.

The Madeline Dane Ross Award

Best international reporting in the print medium or digital showing a concern for the human condition.

The Kim Wall Award

Best story or series of stories on international affairs using creative and dynamic digital storytelling techniques.

TV, Video, Radio or Podcast

The Lowell Thomas Award

Best radio, audio, or podcast coverage of international affairs.

The David Kaplan Award

Best TV or video spot news reporting from abroad.

The Edward R. Murrow Award

Best TV, video or documentary interpretation of international affairs with a run time up to 30 minutes.

The Peter Jennings Award

Best TV, video or documentary about international affairs with a run time over 30 minutes.

The Morton Frank Award

Best international business news reporting in TV, video, radio, audio or podcast.

The David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award

Best international TV, video, radio, audio or podcast reporting showing a concern for the human condition.

Any Medium (Excluding photos, books and cartoons)

The Robert Spiers Benjamin Award

Best reporting in any medium on Latin America.

The Roy Rowan Award

Best investigative reporting in any medium on an international story.

The Flora Lewis Award

Best commentary in any medium on international news.

The Whitman Bassow Award

Best reporting in any medium on international environmental issues.

The Joe and Laurie Dine Award

Best international reporting in any medium dealing with human rights.

Photography

The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award

Best photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise published in any medium.

The Olivier Rebbot Award

Best photographic news reporting from abroad in any medium.

The Feature Photography Award

Best feature photography on an international theme published in any medium.

Books

The Cornelius Ryan Award

Best non-fiction book on international affairs.

Cartoon

The Best Cartoon Award

Best print or digital graphic journalism, including cartoons, on international affairs.

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Please follow the rules and guidelines below for each of the award category types. 

PRINT
Provide permanent links to all work that will be entered for judging at the bottom of the “Brief statement” field on the entry form, making sure to include any passwords required to view. DO NOT SEND additional materials to the OPC office.

GUIDELINES: It is best not to submit “a body of work” such as “reporting from Asia” — these categories are too generalized and too long. We do not set a limit for total number of articles, but it is best to be selective and submit only the strongest material.

BOOKS
Book entries will send two hard copies to the OPC office, 40 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Pictures must provide an accurate and fair representation of the scene witnessed. The content of a picture cannot be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting or removing people or objects from within the frame. The judges may request to see raw files for review.

Submissions for the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award may only be by a single photographer. Submissions for the Olivier Rebbot Award and Feature Photography Award may have a maximum of three photographers’ bylines for each submission.

Upload high resolution photos to the contest website. DO NOT SEND DVDs or CDs to the OPC office. Title the uploads by award last name, nominee’s first initial and last name and number the jpgs, for example: rebbot_jdoe_a1.jpg

Send no more than 12 images (images 10 inches at longest dimension, 300 dpi, JPEG) with captions for each image in a separate Word Document and also embedded in the image IPTC information or description field. In addition to photos, you must submit proof of publication. Scan and create a PDF from a newspaper tearsheet, magazine article, book or website link. Photos commissioned by a non-profit organization are eligible as long as they are also published by a news organization or a news-related nonprofit. Upload everything into one .zip folder: images, Word document, proof of publication in PDF and IPTC information.

CARTOON
Upload high-resolution images. DO NOT SEND printed cartoons or portfolios to the OPC. Title uploads by award name, nominee’s first initial and last name and entry title (e.g.: thomas_jdoe_title1.jpg). In addition to the cartoons, submit proof of publication — for example, PDF from newspaper or magazine, or website link. Submit no more than 12 images (images 10 inches at longest dimension, 300dpi, JPEG). Upload all images and proof of publication in one zip folder.

For cartoons about international events not published originally in English, all entries in the cartoon category should have an English translation provided along with the entry submission. Submissions without a translation will not be considered.

TELEVISION
For the David Kaplan Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Peter Jennings Award and the David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award, fill out the online OPC application and include a link to your work, making sure to include any passwords required to view. The video may reside on any server, personal or corporate, or on a free service like youtube.com where the video privacy settings are checked as “unlisted” so they are not available in a search query but are viewable to those with a link. Read more about where to update video privacy settings in youtube.com.

Required Specifications: .MP4 format, 1080p: 1920 × 1080 or 720p: 1280 × 720, HD, H.264 video codec, AAC audio codec, 384 kbps audio stereo stream.

RADIO
Provide a link (or links) for judges to listen to the submitted work via streaming or a hosted audio file, OR upload broadcast-quality MP3(s). DO NOT SEND CDs or DVDs to the OPC office. Title uploads by award name, nominee’s first initial and last name and entry number (e.g.: thomas_jdoe_1.mp3).

DIGITAL
Entries must include: URLs/links to the work(s) nominated and must be available online and include any passwords required to view.

JUDGING
Head judges have the discretion to move an entry to another award if they feel that the entry is submitted in an inappropriate category.



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