Announcing Results of All India Environmental Journalism Competition 2015

Environmental degradation is an issue of grave concern for India, and demands urgent action with a multi-pronged approach. Public involvement and ownership are some of the numerous essential key factors to enable positive change and undo the damage inflicted upon the environment. To steer the public and other stakeholders towards the path of sustainable development, media plays a crucial role by raising public awareness. Media can provide a realistic picture of the environmental status, and offer critical analyses. Regular media coverage can thus contribute significantly to more environmental friendly behaviours of individuals and the society at large, thereby promoting sustainable lifestyle.

To encourage environmental journalism in India, GIZ along with IFAT India, and under the patronage of the German Embassy, has been organising the All India Environmental Journalism Competition since 2013. The purpose of this competition is to encourage and inspire journalists to report on a wider range of environmental issues at various levels like local, state and national. 

And the winners are, 

Print Category

First Prize – “Goa’s Venetian Creek awaits revival” by Marianne de Nazareth published in Eco Earth Care on January 2015.

Second Prize – “Life in a Garbage Dump” by Radheshyam Jadhav published in The Times of India, Pune, Maharashtra on 1st February, 2015.

Internet Category

First Prize – “Why are we pretending that there isn’t a growing mountain of menstrual waste we need to deal with?” by Nidhi Jamwal published in Yahoo! Originals by Grist Media on 9th January, 2015.

Second Prize – “Swachh Punjab is a stinking reality” by Manu Moudgil published in Indian Water Portal on 23rd June, 2015.

Video Category

First prize - “Polluted Yamuna river of Indian capital” by Deepa VM published in Asianet News, Kerala on 2nd May, 2015. Please find the English summary here



GIZ: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an enterprise owned by the German Government. GIZ implements sustainable development through international cooperation, on behalf of Germany and other partners. With a global footprint in over 130 countries, GIZ leverages its regional and technical expertise for local innovation. GIZ India has a team of over 300 staff. To address India's need for sustainable and inclusive growth, in partnership with stakeholders, GIZ’s key focal areas are Energy, Environment, Sustainable Economic Development and Skill Development.

ICLEI South Asia: The South Asian arm of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI South Asia) aims to build and serve a regional network of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in regional and global sustainability through local initiatives. Over nine years, ICLEI South Asia has emerged a strong and vibrant local government association with a membership base of almost 60 cities.ICLEI South Asia works on climate change adaptation and mitigation, energy, and environmental sustainability initiatives with cities in the region with funding support from various national and international partners.

Asian College of Journalism: The Asian College of Journalism is a premier institution of journalism education in India and South Asia and is administered by the Media Development Foundation (MDF), a not-for-profit public Trust established in 1999 to foster journalism as an independent, investigative, socially responsible, and ethical profession. It aims to promote excellence in the field through education, training, and media-related research.

The Third Pole: The Third Pole is a news, information and discussion platform to build a robust understanding of the importance and benefits of regional cooperation in and around the Hindu Kush Himalayas, thus contributing towards improved cross border cooperation on the issues.

DW Akademie: is Germany’s leading organization for international media development and supports the development of independent, transparent media systems, quality journalism and media expertise. DW Akademie helps rebuild media in post-crisis and post-conflict environments and contributes internationally to the advanced training of media professionals.

IFAT INDIA: IFAT INDIA is an annual event aimed at providing an excellent international platform to showcase the full range of environmental technologies and services, with a comprehensive product portfolio from basic to highly sophisticated machinery and environmental solutions both from domestic and international exhibitors. IFAT India is the most important B2B platform with a wide coverage of all relevant environmental sectors- water, sewage, refuse, recycling and energy conservation management industry in India. 


The All India Environmental Journalism Competition is held under the patronage of the German Embassy in New Delhi.