Georgetown - Six journalists from Guyana have been chosen as finalists for the "Biodiversity Reporting Award 2003," an environmental journalism competition that takes place in six countries in Africa and Latin America. The winner will be announced during an award ceremony that will be held August 22 in Georgetown.
The award is organized by Conservation International (CI), the International Center for Journalists and the International Federation of Environmental Journalists.
In Guyana, 22 articles were submitted during this year's contest.
The jury, composed of five international experts, chose the following finalists (in alphabetical order):
- Esther Elijah, Guyana Chronicle
- Miranda La Rose, Stabroek News
- Neil Marks, Guyana Chronicle
- Nicola Waldron, Kaietur News
- Oscar Clarke, Stabroek News
- Sharon Lall, Guyana Review
Globally, 249 articles were submitted by 128 journalists from six different countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Ghana and Peru. The First Prize winner of each country will be invited to participate in the Annual Congress of the Society of Environmental Journalists, which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana from September 10 to 14. The second and third place will receive $50,000 and $25,000 Guyana dollars respectively.
In 2002, Andrew Richards of Stabroek News won first prize for an article about the damage being done to the Knawaruk River. In 2001, Matt Falloon of Stabroek News won for his article "AnIndustry on the Verge of Crisis?" about gold mining.
The initiatives of CI's International Communications Department are supported by the Virginia W. Cabot Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the JRS Dryfoos Charitable Trust.
(CI) applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., CI works in more than 30 countries on four continents. For more information about CI's programs, visit www.conservation.org.