About the Award

Media coverage of food is often limited to how it tastes. While that's important, the Food Sustainability Media Award goes beyond taste - recognising that food is really 'good' when it benefits people and the planet.

The global food system faces unprecedented challenges. Poverty, over-consumption, growing population and climate change are some of the most critical threats to our Planet. Now, more than ever, there is a pressing need to shed light on some of the paradoxes affecting our food system.

Hunger & Obesity – for every undernourished person there are now two obese or overweight people in the world;

Food & Fuel – a third of agricultural cereal crops are used to produce animal feed or biofuels despite hunger and malnutrition;

Waste & Starvation – 1.3 billion tons of edible food is wasted every year, four times the amount needed to feed the 795 million undernourished people around the world.

Food sustainability is a global concern, and we believe the media has a key role to play. By informing and shedding light on today’s food paradoxes, the media at large can engage consumers so that – in turn – they can contribute to the creation of a more equitable and sustainable future, starting from their food choices.

The Food Sustainability Media Award aims to recognise the work of professional journalists and emerging talent from all over the world for excellence in reporting and communicating issues related to food security, sustainability, agriculture and nutrition.


Entries to the Food Sustainability Media Award will be judged in the following three categories: written journalism, photography and video.

For each category we will award both one published and one unpublished piece of work.

Winners awarded for their published written, photography and video work will receive a €10,000 cash prize.

Winners awarded for their unpublished written, photography and video work will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend a Thomson Reuters Foundation media training course on food sustainability.

All winning unpublished entries will be distributed via the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the BCFN websites.

The winning unpublished written work will also be distributed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation via the Reuters wire, reaching an estimated 1 billion readers.

Award Categories

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For each of the Award’s three categories, both published and unpublished work can be submitted. Published and unpublished entries will be judged separately.

In addition, finalists in all three categories both published and unpublished will be put forward for the Best of the Web Award. The winner of this award will be chosen by the public.

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Written Journalism

This category recognises excellence in written journalism for a news/feature article published in print or online that addresses topics, stories or issues related to food sustainability through distinctive, accurate and original reporting.

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This category honours exceptional video content that sheds light on stories related to food sustainability through visual storytelling and/or investigative journalism and creative use of video. Entries will be judged on their quality, impact, innovation and creativity.

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This category is for outstanding photojournalism through either a single photograph or photo series on key themes or issues related to food sustainability. Entries will be judged according to effective use of photography, overall impact, composition, artistic merit and originality.

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All shortlisted entries for the Food Sustainability Media Award will be assessed by an independent panel of leading professionals from the fields of journalism, photography, food and agricultural sustainability policy and research.

Laurie Goering

Climate Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Miranda Johnson

Environment correspondent, The Economist

Danielle Nierenberg

Founder, Food Tank

Ruth Oniang'o

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development Director, Rural Outreach

Finbarr O'Reilly

Author / Photographer

Marcela Villarreal

Director, Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development, Food and Agriculture Organisation

Olly Buston

Director of Global Advocacy for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation

Cassandra Waldon

Director, Communications Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Mario Calabresi

Editor-in-Chief, La Repubblica


Thomson Reuters Foundation
Barilla Foundation

Spotlight on Solutions

The Food Sustainability Media Award aims to highlight innovative solutions to today’s food challenges. Looking at some of the current research in this area is BCFN Yes! (Young Earth Solutions), an international initiative by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition which supports young researchers and rewards the best ideas about food and sustainability. Find out more.

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