All India Environmental Journalism Competition

As India moves on a path of rapid economic growth, environmental degradation is becoming severe. To take up and walk on the path of sustainable development, awareness and knowledge about the state of the environment and sustainable solutions are key. Media have a crucial role to play in sensitising people to environmental concerns and raise public awareness by providing environment-related information and analysis. Accurate, critical and profound media coverage of environmental topics and concerns can thus contribute to a changing society by making the public conscious of their daily activities and promoting the adoption of a sustainable lifestyle.

To encourage media coverage of environmental issues, GIZ, ICLEI South Asia, Asian College of Journalism, The Third Pole and Deutsche Welle Akademie organise an annual competition for journalists reporting on environmental issues in India, in cooperation with IFAT India Fair and under the patronage of the German Embassy.

By acknowledging and awarding good journalistic reports, the competition aims to inspire journalists to take up a wider range of topics with regards to the environment as a part of their work and highlight solutions and positive stories.

And the winners are, 

Print Category

First prize goes to Sibi Arasu for this article “Uttarakhand’s ghost busters ”, published in Blink issue of The Hindu Business Line on June 14, 2014. Sibi Arasu is a Senior Reporter with the national daily, The Hindu Business Line’s Saturday magazine, BL Ink. 

Second prize goes to Paramita Ghosh for her article “Iron in their souls",  published in the Hindustan Times on March 30, 2014. Paramita Ghosh works as a Senior Assistant Editor with the Sunday features department of Hindustan Times.

Internet Category

First prize goes to Stella Paul for her article “And Not a Drop to Waste”, published on Inter Press Service News Agency on May 6, 2014. Stella Paul is an independent journalist, reporting on environment and development issues in India and South Asia.

Second prize goes to Makarand Purohit for his article “Digging them into a hole”, published on Indian Water Portal  on December 8, 2013. Makarand Purohit is a Bhilai-based documentary filmmaker, photographer and journalist, currently working with India Water Portal. 

Video Category

First prize goes to Ritu Bhardwaj for her video "The Garden Game Changer in India", published in Thomson Reuters Foundation on June 5, 2014. Ritu Bhardwaj is a documentary filmmaker based in New Delhi, India.

Photo Category

First prize goes to Shadab Nazmi for his photo essay “Computer Graveyard”, published in India Legal fortnightly magazine on March 31, 2014. Shadab Nazmi is a young journalist and currently employed as Junior Visualizer at India Legal.

Clean Ganga Award

This year, in taking up the new Indian Government's initiative, Germany awards  a special prize: The "Clean Ganga Award" for the best journalistic entry on the rejuvenation of the Ganges. The winner is Nitin Sethi for his article “Is the Ganga beyond makeover?” published in the Business Standard on June14, 2014. Nitin Sethi works as an associate editor in the Business Standard writing on issues of development, environment, rural India, tribal concerns and resource conflicts.

The winners of the competition were awarded on October 9, 2014 at the opening ceremony of the IFAT India fair at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. 



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 aiming 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. This year, IFAT India fair would happen in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from 09-11 October, 2014. 


German Water PartnershipThe German Water Partnership is a joint initiative of the German private and public sectors, combining commercial enterprises, government and non-government organisations, scientific institutions and water-related associations. The network is supported by five federal ministries. Its head office in Berlin collects and coordinates information about innovations, activities and services of its members. The fundamental aim of the German Water Partnership is to make the outstanding German engineering, know-how and experience in the water sector easily available to partners and clients all over the world.

KfW Bankengruppe: KfW is one of the leading development banks in the world. With decades of experience, KfW is committed to improving economic, social and ecological living conditions all around the world on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany and the federal states. Its goal is to combat poverty, secure the peace, protect the environment and the climate and make globalisation fair. KfW is a competent and strategic advisor on current development issues.


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